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 Many dig their graves, with their teeth! -watson


[b]Many dig their graves, with their teeth![/b]

(Thomas Watson, "The Duty of Self-Denial" 1675)

More are hurt by excess in lawful things--than by
meddling with sinful things. More are killed by wine
--than by poison. Many make their belly their god,
Philippians 3:19. And to this god, they pour their
drink offerings!

One writes of a fish whose heart is in his belly.
This is an emblem of epicures--whose heart is
in their belly; they are devoted to their appetite.
Excess in food or drink--
clouds the mind,
chokes holy affections,
provokes lust, and
shortens life!

Many dig their graves, with their teeth!

Seneca could say he was born to higher things--than to
be a slave to his body. What a shame is it--that the soul,
that princely part, which sways the scepter of reason,
should be enslaved to the brutish part! What has God
given conscience for--but to be a golden bridle to check
the inordinacy of the appetite! Deny the sinful cravings
of the flesh!

"I beat my body and make it my slave." 1 Cor. 9:27


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 Re: Many dig their graves, with their teeth! -watson

Excellent post.

The subject of the stomach being the master is so true for many Christians to the point of no longer fasting.

We eat more than we need, and for what? Only because we can, I guess.

We don't seem to know what self-denial means.

Were we to read and live Isaiah 58, God would be glorified and that which we long to see take place in our lives and in the Church would take place sooner.

God will do it.

God bless.

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