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Escaping the Bondage of Self-Indulgence

September 13th, 2021

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of self-indulgence is “excessive or unrestrained gratification of one's own appetites, desires, or whims.” Self-indulgence has lots of indicators. Here are some signs that you may be struggling with self-indulgence:

  • You have an income but no money because of your spending habits.
  • You repeatedly complain about your weight but you keep eating things that are great for packing on the pounds.
  • Arriving late is your trademark for almost everything because of poor time management.
  • You allow yourself to be moody and expect people to deal with it because "that's just how you are."
  • You’re taking poor care of your health but making excuses for it.

Self-indulgence is self-inflicted bondage. You are in prison and holding the keys. Living like this makes life less enjoyable and more stressful. The self-indulgent life seems like it would reward us, but it actually robs and enslaves us. This tendency to do whatever we please was born in the Garden of Eden, and it has been an easy trap every since. What can we do about it?

This episode provides three starter suggestions, and then it would be best for you to go and spend some time with the Lord in prayer for more specific direction. We’re all unique, and while we may have common struggles, God can put His finger on our particular weaknesses and help us to overcome them by His power and might, not by our own. 

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