Friday, February 27, 2009

U R what U eat

Numbers 11:4“Soon those who had intermarried with Egyptians complained again. Then others began to complain, ‘If only we had some meat to eat.”

Fortunately I was raised a vegetarian and have been blessed to know what is good and not good for my body. However, unfortunately for so many of our American and non-American brothers and sisters this privilege was not granted. It breaks my heart to know that a simple change in diet can revolutionize not only the health status of so many of my people but will also bring about a spiritual pathway for the Holy Spirit to speak without the clouding of appetite and gluttony.

After many years of research and a toiling of the conscience, Scientists have proven, they should’ve just looked in the Bible, that food not only has a great deal to do with a child’s development, but also weighs heavily on the development of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other health struggles. In light of these new findings, we still are at the local meat market requesting our death sentence. Notwithstanding that some of us haven’t been told directly of the dangers of filling our bodies with dead waste and the backed up colons of dead animals which are stuffed to capacity of other dead animals with their colons also backed up with waste! We do not need to look in other directions for genocide, we are doing it to ourselves three times a day at the table. The diet not only controls the mind, but it will control your time. Observe the time spent on thinking about what you are going to eat or where and with whom, the wait to get and or prepare it and ultimately, the price. God set aside a specific diet for His children, because He knew that with the hardship of this life we would need the bodily strength to endure.

In the perfect Garden of Eden mankind was created in the image of God, (Genesis 1:26) don’t you find it interesting that in perfection the designated food for eating was fruits, most vegetables and water, I am also assuming juices made from the fruits (Genesis 1:28-30), and there were no animals bar-b-qued on the Holy grill? Review the life journey of the Israelite slaves in Egypt (Exodus – Numbers). They ate the trash and leftovers of the Egyptian kings, queens and even common citizens, (sound familiar?). They were in slavery and were lowered to eat the swine, rubbish and pure waste of what “better” people ate. Therefore their taste buds were accustomed to the flavorful meats that they had no choice but to learn to enjoy. My goodness does this sound familiar… Once the Lord freed them from many years (Four hundred and thirty years; Exodus 12:40-42) of down right despicable adversity, poverty and destitution they found themselves not missing the music, not missing the movie theatres, the resorts or golf clubs…. No, No it was the FOOD! Believe it or not the stomach weighs heavily on the psyche and is the source of nourishment to the entire body, not excluding our thoughts and decisions.Once they were freed, God sent them manna, basically heavenly food (Exodus16:4), every morning before they awakened. They baked it, pounded it into flour, and some ate it as cereal. They were not able to camp and plant fruit trees and farm vegetables, so God provided them cuisine from above on their way to Canaan, the land God promised them (Exodus 6:4-8). Can we not look at our lives in the same way? We are on a journey to the Promise Land, and God has vowed to give us all that we need. For He is the Vine and we are the branches that receive nourishment for our daily living (John 15:5), yet we find ourselves unsatisfied due to our shapened cravings for sin. After the Israelite’s much complaining, the Lord decided He would heed to the ungrateful pleas and sent meat, so much to last them an entire month. Biblical studies tell us that they ate so much meat that it was coming out of their mouths and noses. Our bodies just aren’t made for such strenuous eatery. Of course after several people died, they insisted that the manna sent from Heaven was truly the food designated by God and was more than enough to keep them happy and healthy. How many more of our people must die until we realize that the food, which God originally selected for us, is good enough!Let’s also explore the temptation Christ endured after His baptism. He went on a forty day fast, meaning no food or drink, so that He would be wholly dependant on the Holy Spirit to speak to and direct Him. While He was in the wilderness the very first temptation that Satan tried on Him was the enticement of appetite (Matthew 4:4), once Satan realized that wasn’t going to work, he moved onto other things. Jesus knew then that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and must be in its best condition to serve and spread the good news of His Second Advent. (ICorinthians 6:19,20).

Lastly, the Word says that all things were created by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16,17); therefore we owe it to Him, amongst so many other things, to live for Him (Ephesians 4:23). He redeemed us not so we could live a life of disease and pain, but that we may through a life of longevity and strength glorify His name. Let us preserve our body temples and transform our appetites to likings of the Heavenly feast that we will partake of in Glory. Isn’t that what we should be doing with our character? Why not our desires as well?“We get our new life from the Holy Spirit, so let’s keep in step with the Spirit and live the way He wants us to.” Galatians 5:25

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