Can Appetite Make you Lose Heaven?
Appetite defined, refers to the urges of the flesh. You want to eat, so that you can stay healthy, you want to watch your favourite show, read your book and watch your series. Appetite is a great gift given us by God as soon as the human being was created. Or how could they follow this injunction without appetite? “Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.”
Loss of appetite makes one anorexic. It could be due to Sickness, stress or even bad lifestyle. By the way could you be Spiritually anorexic? Spiritual anorexia is loss of appetite for Spiritual things. You find prayer meeting a burden. Studying the word of God is to you a relic of the past. You need to re-awaken your taste buds.
So Can appetite make you lose Heaven?
The right answer is No. Appetite in and of itself is necessary for us to remain physically, emotionally, psychologically and Spiritually healthy. Just like every other gift of GOD, it is a blessing when employed in harmony with the Spirit behind it’s being given. But Satan is out to destroy. God gave the Sabbath, but using his agents, satan has raised a papal Sabbath. God gave the gift of matrimonial relationship between a man and woman, but Satan has encouraged the same between boys and girls, men and men, women and women, real people versus pornstars. All this perversion is called lifestyle. The result of such is seen in addictions, obesity, stupidity and general weakness in all fronts. Abuse of appetite brings about intemperance.
What About Intemperance?
The controlling power of appetite will prove the ruin of thousands, when, if they had conquered on this point, they would have had the moral power to gain the victory over every other temptation of Satan. But those who are slaves to appetite will fail in perfecting Christian character. The continual transgression of man for six thousand years has brought sickness, pain, and death as its fruits. And as we near the close of time, Satan’s temptation to indulge appetite will be more powerful and more difficult to overcome. Maranatha 62.5
Intemperance lies at the foundation of all the moral evils known to man. Christ began the work of redemption just where the ruin began. The fall of our first parents was caused by the indulgence of appetite. In redemption, the denial of appetite is the first work of Christ. – In Heavenly Places 194.3
When appetite is indulged and left to be the controlling power in one’s life it’s dangerous. It manifests itself in endless perversions and if not thoroughly repented of, will lead to eternal loss.
Great Examples for us
Joseph With Potiphar’s Wife.
Potiphar’s wife was not a simple woman. She had all that a man could desire. Potiphar, a top official in the government of Egypt must have acquired one of the models of Egypt. Joseph’s Priority was God’s glory. Even if it meant death and dungeon, let it come so long as he maintains a clear Conscience. He arose to the highest pinnacle and saved the then World from marauding famine. Having been faithful in little He qualified for higher duties. Appetite was held under check.
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
Daniel refused to indulge his appetite in the babylonian diet. He recognised the great dangers ahead of them and refused to take in anything that defiles the soul temple. The Subsequent issues fell harmless before them and they could endure fiery furnace and Man eater’s den rather than wilfully commit a snippet of disobedience.
Christ in the Wilderness of Temptation.
The Son of God saw that man could not of himself overcome this powerful temptation…. He came to earth to unite His divine power with our human efforts, that through the strength and moral power which He imparts, we might overcome on our own behalf. It was not the gnawing pangs of hunger alone which made the sufferings of our Redeemer so inexpressibly severe. It was the sense of guilt which had resulted from the indulgence of appetite that had brought such terrible woe into the world, which pressed so heavily upon His divine soul. With man’s nature, and the terrible weight of his sins pressing upon Him, our Redeemer withstood the power of Satan upon this great leading temptation, which imperils the souls of men. If man should overcome this temptation, he could conquer on every other point.
The likes of Samson, Solomon, Antediluvians and many more biblical people failed because the foundation was broken. Alexander the Great died in the days of his youth because he conquered nations but forgot to do the same to his appetite for liquor. The moral evils known to man have two extremes in the order of Appetite and finally worship.
“When the devil has your appetite, God cannot get your worship.”
A Terrible Floodgate
Unrestrained sexual indulgence is not a vice of the 21st Century. King David (1010-970 BCE) saw it wreak havoc in his family. His son Solomon was even Worse. No wonder Spiritual apostasy is likened to adultery.
One of the greatest manifestations of Uncontrolled appetite is in the sorts of entertainment often presented today. Every music video is useless, unless there’s a picture of women in almost states of nudity wriggling and squiggling. The same is with the movies in the blockbuster.
Now this did not start today. In antiquity porn was live, especially in some forms of false worship.
Ezekiel 23:14 Then she carried her prostitution even further. She fell in love with pictures that were painted on a wall—pictures of Babylonian military officers, outfitted in striking red uniforms. (NLT).
There were 42 billion visits to Pornhub this year(2019). That’s the answer. It breaks down to 115 million per day. 39 billion searches were entered, often bringing up one of the 6.83 million new video uploads in 2019. In data storage terms, that’s 723,041 GB transferred per hour. Every minute on Pornhub saw 80,032 visits, 77,861 searches (2,171 have their favorites bookmarked I’m sure) and 219,985 video views.
Every nine minutes an entire days’ worth of content was uploaded to Pornhub. We’re viewing it, we’re making it. Porn is not going anywhere. The average time spent on site worldwide was up 15 seconds over 2018, coming in at 10 minutes and 28 seconds. That’s a long time on a porn site, but viewers weren’t just watching porn. They treat Pornhub’s comment section like a social network, with over 70 million messages sent between users and over 11.5 million comments left on videos. Additionally, 98,000 new models were verified, bringing the verified model total to 130,000.
➖“Pornhub 2019 Year In Review Report: More Porn, More Often”Curtis Silver, Senior Contributor, Forbes.
Visiting Pornhub is a daily routine for more than 120 million people, but as offices close, and whole communities go into lock-down in the wake of a global health crisis, our daily routines are being disrupted worldwide.➖Pornhurb Statistics
We’ve found that people are pretty regular when it comes to their masturbation schedule, choosing the most convenient days and times to visit Pornhub. Live TV and sporting events can cause a disruption in that schedule which leads to a noticeable drop in Pornhub’s traffic when compared to the same time on an average day. That quite often leads to a traffic increase following the event as people re-adjust to make up for lost Pornhub time. ➖Pornhurb Statistics.
So Where are you in these statistics? What if you are part of the statistics, are you part of the team Marching to Zion? So can Uncontrolled Appetite Make you lose Heaven? YES.
KJV Revelation 21
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.