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The Idol of Food
Title: Idol 4: Appetites

Scripture Text: Numbers 11:4-15
Theme: If our appetites control us they become our god. If we control our appetites it brings glory to our God.
Food For Thought:
Although the United States is the most powerful nation on earth, the one area in which this country does not excel is health. And the future is not bright. Almost a third of our young children are obese, and many do not exercise. No matter how much information becomes available about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and a diet heavily dependent on processed foods, we don’t change our ways.
                            Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
                                       Director, Cardiovascular Institute
                                       Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
1.)     Appetites and Addictions (Food, Sex, Entertainment etc.)
A.) We Want It and We Want it Now!

 NU 11:4 The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, "If only we had meat to eat! [5] We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost--also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.                 
           B.) We Don’t Care If It’s Good For Us Or Not
“Many people will do anything to continue their love affair with rich, disease-causing foods and will sacrifice their health in the process. Many American consumers prefer not to know about the dangers of their diet because they don’t want to have their pleasures interfered with.” Joel Furhman, M.D.
2.)     Food is the Hidden god of many Christians (obesity and sickness)
A.) Food Can Be an Idol!

 PHP 3:19 “Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven.”
               B.) How we take care of our bodies is a reflection of our spiritual 
“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” 
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
C.) What you eat and why you eat matters
 GE 1:29 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. [30] And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so.
   1CO 10:23 "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is constructive. [24] Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.   Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, [26] for, "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it."
D.) Be willing to start good behaviors
1CO 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
3.)     God is our Refuge and His Spirit gives us self-control
PS 46:1 God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
PS 62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.


Recommended Resource:


 Dr. Joel Furhman M.D.  
Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula
for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss 
Food Humor

A 4-year-old boy was asked to give thanks before Christmas dinner. The family members bowed their heads in expectation. He began his prayer, thanking God for all his friends, naming them one by one. Then he thanked God for Mommy, Daddy, brother, sister, Grandma, Grandpa and all his aunts and uncles. Then he began to thank God for the food. He gave thanks for the turkey, the dressing, the fruit salad, the cranberry sauce, the pies, the cakes, and even the Cool Whip.

Then he paused, and everyone waited -- and waited. After a long silence, the young fellow looked up at his mother and asked, "If I thank God for the broccoli, won't he know that I'm lying?"