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GOD IS THE SOURCE OF GOOD HEALTH
by gwendolyn Ransom
07/04/04
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AS I LOOKED AROUND OUR SMALL CONGREGATION WEDNESDAY, AND BEGAN TO INQUIRE ABOUT MANY OF THE MEMBERS WHO WERE USUALLY PRESENT IN BIBLE STUDY, ALL OF THERE FAMILY MEMBERS GAVE ME THE SAME ANSWER: THEY ARE SICK, PRAY FOR THEM!

I SAID WITHIN MYSELF, OF COURSE I WOULD PRAY FOR THEM, BUT THEN I THOUGHT, WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO HELP OURSELVES? AS I LISTENED TO MY PASTOR TALK ABOUT HEALTH AND HEALING THAT FOLLOWING EVENING, MY MIND BEGAN TO WONDER ABOUT MY OWN JOURNEY FOR GOOD HEALTH AND HEALING.

ON MY COURSE, I LEARNED TWO THINGS WHICH I FOUND TO BE TRUE, GOD IS THE SOURCE OF ALL GOOD HEALTH AND HEALING, AND MANY TIMES, BECAUSE WE REFUSE TO OBEY THE LAWS OF NUTRITION WHICH GOD HAS ALREADY PLACED IN HIS HOLY WORD, WE ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE THE VICTIM OF DISEASES ONE DAY AT A TIME. I AM NOT SAYING THIS IS TRUE FOR EVERYONE, BUT MANY TIMES WE CAN DO MORE TO HELP OURSELVES THAN TAKING THE EASY WAY OUT.

WE ALL KNOW THAT AMERICA IS THE MOST OBESE NATION IN THE LAND AND WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED MORE THAN ANY NATION IN THE WORLD, AND BECAUSE OF THESE BLESSINGS WE HAVE TAKEN OUR HEALTH FOR GRANTED. EVEN AS CHRISTIANS WE HAVE DONE THE SAME THING. WE HAVE NOT LIVED ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD BY TEACHING OUR YOUNG LADIES AND YOUNG MEN ABOUT HEALTH AND NUTRITION, INSTEAD WE HAVE RETREATED FROM PLANNING MEALS AT HOME TO OVEREATING AT A FAST FOOD OR BUFFET TABLE AT A RESTAURANT, AND THESE SAME EXACT APPETITES HAS TRANSFERRED INTO OUR FAMILY. WE GIVE OURSELVES DISEASES AND VIRUSES BECAUSE OF THE THINGS IN WHICH WE EAT, AND DO THE SAME TO THE NEXT GENERATION BECAUSE THEY ARE TAUGHT BY US. EVERYTIME WE MAKE A WRONG CHOICE CONCERNING NUTRITION, WE ARE ALLOWING THE ENEMY TO COME TO US WITH DISEASE. YOU MAY THINK THIS IS A HARSH STATEMENT, BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT THE ENEMIES PURPOSE IS TO STOP THE PURPOSE OF GOD IN OUR LIVES, HOW CAN WE BE EFFECTIVES WITNESSES AND TEACHERS, AND FUTURE MINISTERS IF WE ARE ON A BED OF AFFLICTION? GOD DOES NOT RECIEVE ANY GLORY FROM OUR SICKNESS. YES, HE DOES GET THE GLORY FROM OUR HEALING. BUT YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER, TO BE USED BY GOD, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE SICK.

MY JOURNEY IN TO GOOD HEALTH BEGAN ON JULY 8, 2003. I HAD A CYST THE SIZE OF A GRAPEFUIT ON MY BACK, AND AFTER A COUPLE OF TRIPS TO THE HOSPITAL, THE DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT ALL I HAD WAS A SPRAINED BACK, AND HE GAVE ME SOME PAIN PILLS AND SOME ANTIBIOTIC. AFTER A FEW DAYS, THE CYST INCREASES AND THE PILLS DID NOT DO ME ANY GOOD. I WAS UNABLE TO WALK BECAUSE IT WAS NEAR MY SPINE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, BECAUSE I WAS IN SO MUCH PAIN, THE ONLY WAY THAT I COULD SLEEP WAS TO GO TO THE HEALING SCRIPTURES WHICH GOD SET FORTH IN HIS WORD, AND I WOULD FALL ASLEEP MEDIATIING ON THEM.

A FEW DAYS LATER, I WENT TO ANOTHER HOSPITAL, AND THEY DRAINED THE CYST, AND TOLD ME BECAUSE IT WAS NEAR MY SPINE, HAD I WAITED A FEW MORE DAYS, I MIGHT HAVE BEEN PARALYZED. DURING THIS TIME, MY VISION WAS FAILING, AND I WAS UNABLE TO CONTROL MY BOWELS. AND MY MOM INSISTED THAT THEY TEST ME FOR DIABETES BECAUSE IT RUNS IN MY FAMILY. AND THEY FOUND OUT THAT I HAD TYPE II DIABETES. I WAS IMMEDIATELY PLACED ON AVANDIA BY ONE DOCTOR AND TOLD TO TAKE AVANDAMET FOUR TIMES A DAY BY ANOTHER FOR MY SUGAR TO GO DOWN. I COULD NOT TAKE IT BUT THREE TIMES A DAY BECAUSE IT MADE ME SLEEPY AND IT WAS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO WORK. BECAUSE OF THE MEDICATION FOR DIABETES,HIGH CHOLESTEROL, AND OTHERS MEDICATIONS, MY BLOOD PRESSURE BEGIN TO RISE BECAUSE OF INTERACTION, SO I WAS PUT ON BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINE, WHICH CAUSED ANOTHER REACTION AND I BROKE OUT WITH BURNS ALL OVER MY BODY. THE DOCTOR PUT ME ON A DIET AND I WENT THROUGH DEPRESSION.

DURING THIS TIME, GOD DEALT WITH ME ABOUT MY PROBLEMS. THIS DID NOT HAVE TO HAPPEN TO ME. I DID THIS TO MY SELF, BY CONSUMING A LOT OF SUGAR, BREADS, AND OTHER THINGS WHICH I DID NOT HAVE TO CONSUME. I GAVE MYSELF DIABETES, BUT I DID NOT HAVE TO ALLOW IT CONTROL ME. MY FIRST STEP ON THE ROAD TO RECVOERY WAS TO REPENT OF THE WAY THAT I DID NOT TAKE CARE OF MY BODY, AND HOW I HAD BEEN DISOBEDIENT IN THE THINGS THAT GOD HAD BLESSED ME WITH, AND HOW I ALLOWED SATAN TO USE THE ONE THING IN WHICH GOD USED TO BE A BLESSING TO ONE OTHERS TO DEFEAT ME. HE TOOK ME BACK INTO HIS HIS WORD THROUGH LEVITICUS, AND TOLD ME WHAT THINGS WERE BENEFICIAL FOR MY BODY AND WHAT I COULD NOT NO LONGER EAT. MANY OF THE THINGS WHICH I LOVED TO EAT, HE TOOK IT AWAY FROM ME IMMEDIATELY, AN EXAMPLE IS, PORK PRODUCTS, I LOVED THE HAM AND BACON, BUT AFTER STUDYING CAREFULLY, IT IS NOT A PROBLEM.

I BEGAN TO RETURN TO A LOT OF VEGETABLES AND THREW AWAY ALL OF THE SEASON SALT, AND BEGAN TO COOK WITH HERBS, AND IT HAS BEEN A BLESSING TO ME AND MY SON. WHEN MY SON WAS SIX WEEKS OLD, HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, IN 1982, THERE WAS NOT MANY CASES HEARD OF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDS, BUT A LOCAL MINISTER CAME AND PRAYED FOR HIM AND HE WAS HEALED. THE MEDICINE THAT THEY PRESCRIBED FOR HIM HAD TO BE MADE, BECAUSE THERE WAS ABOUT MANY THREE KNOWN CASES AT THAT TIME, AND MOST OF THE TIME IT MADE HIM WEAK AND DESPONDENT WHEN HE WAS USUALLY HAPPY AND SMILING, AND IT WAS VERY HARD TO WATCH.

WHEN I TOLD MY SON THAT WE WOULD BE CHANGING OUR EATING HABITS, HE SWORE HE WOULD NOT CHANGE, BUT AFTER HE SUCCESSFULLY LOST EIGHTY POUNDS AND FOUND OUT HE HAD MORE ENERGY, AND THAT HE DID NOT HAVE MANY SINUS PROBELMS DURING THE COLD SEASON, HE IS HAPPY.

GOD HAS BLESSED ME EVEN THE MORE. IN JANUARY 2004, I WAS RETESTED, AND I AM NO LONGER TAKING THE BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINE, AS A MATTER OF FACT, WHILE GROCERY SHOPPING I TOOK MY BLOOD PRESSURE AND IT WAS NORMAL. I AM NO LONGER NEEDING THE CHOLESTEROL MEDICINE. MY CHOLESTEROL IS 163.I NO LONGER HAVE THE SEEING THE SPOTS BEFORE MY EYES, AND MY BOWELS ARE UNDER CONTROL. I AM NOT SO DEPENDENT ON THE DIABETES MEDICATION, AND I HAVE LOST 60 POUNDS. I AM NO WHERE I SHOULD BE, NOR HAVE I REACHED WHERE I WANT TO BE, BUT I THANK GOD THAT I AM NOT WHERE I WAS.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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