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This morning I would like to talk to you about our health and what God say’s in His Word concerning the way in which we treat our bodies. I will also give you some information about the food we are eating and why much off it is not good for us.
Are you may be aware Seventh Day Adventists live on average 15 years longer than most other people? Why then do you think this is - and why is it that many in the SDA church are still unhealthy? Ellen G White (Wikipedia, Ellen G White), wrote many books on health a few of which are as follows: ‘The Health Food Ministry’; ‘Councils on Diet and Food’; ‘A Call to Medical Evangelism’; “Healthful Living’; ‘Medical Ministry’; ‘The Ministry of Healing’; ‘Temperance’ and ‘Welfare Ministry’.
How many here today have read any or all of these books? I know that I haven’t read them all, but I intend to do so. How can we follow good health practices if we don’t know what the Bible say’s about a healthy body and mind? The books that EGW wrote were inspired by God. From what I have read, she was certainly before her time on the subject of physical and spiritual health. Remember she wrote these books over a 100 years ago, and it has only been in the past 10 to 20 years that much of what she wrote is now being promoted by alternative health practitioners. The health industry is now a multi-million dollar business.
In our scripture reading this morning we read that it is our responsibility to care for our own bodies, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. However in many of us He cannot enter because we have weakened our bodies and minds, either willingly or ignorantly, by eating, drinking or dwelling on things that reduce our mental and physical potential. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
As Christians we should know that our body does not belong to us! It is on loan from God and just as you would take exceptional care of something that belongs to someone else, to whom you have to return it, our bodies and minds belong to God. We were bought with a great price. Christ sacrificed His life so that we could have eternal life. Therefore by honouring our tent, we honour Christ.
In Romans 12:1-2 Paul pleads with us:
“I beseech you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
As we get older our bodies start to slow down and some of us resign ourselves to the fact that we can no longer do the things we did when younger. But why can’t we? There are many octogenarians and above, who have proven they can still run, jump and do lots of the things they could when in their youth. It is not just because we are getting old physically; it is to do with our own lifestyles and also how we view ourselves. Many of us have trained our minds to believe that we no longer can do those things we did in our youth, therefore we put little effort into keeping healthy or we just can't be bothered. It's much easier to say: “I’m too old, why bother?”
I have seen many of my school friends riding disability scooters or using a walking stick and their faces look weather beaten and old. Life has been hard for many of them and it has taken a toll on their health. We might not admit it, but much of our ill health is self-inflicted and this is due to eating and drinking the wrong things. Of course I'm not talking about those who have had accidents or other debilitating illnesses outside their control, but what we put into our bodies, in general, determines our health.
I suffer from acid reflux quite badly after I have eaten pastry or other processed foods. I have a hiatus hernia, which as you may know allows the stomach acid to breach the oesophagus wall and burn into the gullet. What's the easiest way for me to alleviate the burning I get? Well many would go to the chemist and buy something to stop the burning, but the best way of stopping this is to stop eating the food that causes it. Isn't it?
God gave us instructions as to what we should eat and drink if we are to remain in good health into our old age. However, the majority of us have allowed our taste to dictate our appetite. We have succumbed to a diet for ‘Princes and Kings’, food, which Daniel the prophet and his three companions refused to put into their bodies. (Daniel 1:8-16)
How can we improve our Health?
What can WE do that will ensure we do not fail in our health or if we do have failing health what can we do to improve it? Prayer is essential. Cooperation with the Holy Spirit is paramount, therefore every one of us should spend our time and energy training our minds for spiritual fitness. However, we cannot ask God for a healthy body and mind if we do not listen to what He is saying to us and put into practice those things He has instructed us to do to help our own health? We have to play our part in remaining healthy. God won’t answer prayers for healing if the one who needs healing refuses to give up the things which make him or her ill. Physical exercise has some value and is something we all can do. Just a short walk every day in the fresh air is beneficial but sitting in front of the TV for several hours a day, although enjoyable, it is certainly not healthy, especially if we are near the kitchen. Spiritual fitness however has more value because it is our mind the devil wants. If he can take us away from the study of God’s Word and fill our minds with the things of this world - by making us couch potatoes with a bowl of popcorn, then he is winning in our lives. If however, we train our minds to think on spiritual things, the Holy Spirit will help us to fend off the devils attacks. As Timothy says:
“But refuse profane and old wives fables and exercise yourself unto godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little: but godliness is profitable for all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” 1 Timothy 4:7-9:
We leave ourselves wide open to evil when we deny what God told us to do with our minds and bodies. Satan wants worship and even though we, as Christians do not openly worship him, we can inadvertently give him praise by what we do with our mind and body, especially when what we do goes against what God instructed us to do in His Word!
Eve was tempted by the devil because she closed her mind to what God had said. She was curious and wanted to see how the fruit tasted? In doing so she put her trust in the devil and rejected God’s instruction. From that one act – sickness of body and mind has increased a thousand fold throughout the centuries and we can see the results of denying the health instructions given by God. In Proverbs 3: 7-8, it says we are not to be impressed with our own wisdom. Instead we are to fear the Lord and turn away from evil. In doing what God says, He will give us healing for our bodies and strength to our bones.
Today our health is being destroyed because we are not consuming the foods that God made for us. Each piece of the food that God made has a particular structure, which our bodies were designed to read. As we eat this food the body recognizes it and extracts the nutrients needed to keep us healthy. Processed foods on the other hand can be alien to our digestive system. The body cannot recognize any modified structure in the food. It is like having the wrong key for a lock. The new ‘man made’ code cannot be broken; therefore the digestive system not only expels most of this modified food as waste and as a consequence the nutrients needed for a healthy body and mind are not passed into our blood. We feel full but there is no life giving health in the food therefore the more we eat this type of food, the less healthy we become. Some of the modified food is retained in our fat cells causing obesity. Even foods in supermarkets that are marketed as a healthy alternative are devoid of the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy body and mind and are also full of toxins. Dairy products are part of our staple diet. However, we are not told that cow’s milk, when ingested, may still contain bovine hormones that are specifically meant for the cow’s calf. To ensure a cow gets more meat on the bone and keep it healthy, cattle are injected with antibiotics and growth hormones; the later is usually the female hormone oestrogen, which finds its way into the milk that our children drink. Although not yet a proven, it is has been surmised that the increase in the number of young effeminate men, had a hormone imbalance in the womb, due to the mother’s diet and the dairy milk the baby receives in its early years. One of the reasons the adverts is now saying ‘Breast is best’.
Alternative Milk Products
When many vegetarians and vegan’s stop drinking milk, they move over to alternatives drinks such as Soya, Rice, and Almond etc.,. Unfortunately these alternative milks in our supermarkets are highly processed and have many chemical preservatives added to ensure their shelf life is extended. Whilst these preservatives may not kill us in small quantities, they have a long-term use effect and in many cases have a direct effect on the immune system and the gut.
Can I ask a question: “How many of you here today, when you go to the supermarket to buy food, look at the ingredients before placing the item in the shopping trolley?”
The majority of people don’t look at labels. However, as Christian’s, who believe that our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, we should look at everything that goes into our mouth, to ensure that we have perfect health! If we did so, our countenance of glowing health would be a silent sermon to others.
Manufactures need to make a profit, that’s a fact. My wife recently bought some lemons from Morrison’s. On the label of these lemons – which were from Spain, it said: ‘Eat Smart’. I checked the label and saw two large words, ‘Pryimethenil/Propiconazole’, which I researched on Google. These translated into ‘sprayed with pesticides’. Also there were three E numbers. The first one was E904. This is a substance made into a paste from a certain Lice from India (Called the Lac insect). The second E number was E914. This is a polyethylene wax used as a glazing agent to make food, particularly fruit look better on the shelf. It is also used in the making of plastic bottles. The third E number was E202, which is ‘Potassium Sorbate’. This is a preservative, which also stops fermentation. Most of you should be aware of this preservative because it is in millions of products but do you know its side effects? Children in particular consume this every day in soft drinks and in large quantities it can be toxic. In the past I experienced the side effects of drinking too many soft drinks. In my mid-twenties I went to the doctors with breathing difficulties. At the time I was a soldier so I was very fit. It seemed that my shortness of breath only occurred when I was at rest. I was diagnosed as suffering from anxiety. The doctor put me on vallium to calm me down but these made me feel drowsy and lethargic. When I had one of my attacks they could be quite debilitating. My wife will confirm the severity, which at times, put me on my knees gasping for breath. It was a long time into the future when I found out what the cause of my breathing complaint was! Even today, if I drink a soft drink with this substance in, I am short of breath. Consequently I don’t drink soft drinks. The other side effects of Potassium Sorbate are: nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and upset stomach.
So your ill health may not be your own fault but once you have the information about the foods and drinks you are going to consume, it becomes your responsibility to make an informed choice. It’s not easy! A change in eating habits for life is a big challenge, but what is more important? Do we want to grow old and become infirm; get cancer or dementia and end up in a nursing home? Of course we don’t and that is why God has given us an abundance of healthy messages in His Word and through Ellen G White.
Causes of Dementia/Altzheimers
It was only recently that I learned that large quantities of refined sugar might be responsible for the onset of Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Consumption of refined sugar over a number of years causes high brain spikes and destroys brain cells. It is likely that many alcohol drinkers are prone to get one of these diseases. They get a double whammy of badness – the alcohol and the high quantities of sugar in alcoholic drinks. It has also been shown that those who get Dementia are low on vitamin B12, therefore an increase in this vitamin could improve recall in dementia patients. Poor diet and drink are the main causes of brain cell loss so a change in what we eat and drink would have a dramatic health benefit on sufferers. According to recent research, memory loss is not inevitable and can, with a change of diet, be reversed or stopped up to stage 6 of the disease. There are 7 stages of dementia and these can be viewed on www.unforgettable.org.
We have all seen the adverts for the new coca cola, which states absolute zero sugar, but what have they replaced the sugar with? Artificial sweeteners have been promoted as the best alternative to sugar but are they safe? Sucralose (Splenda), Dextrose, Fructose (not to be mistaken for the natural fructose in fruit), Aspartame etc, are all types of sweeteners. Aspartame is a brand name of NutaSweet and Equal and is widely used in diet foods and soft drinks. Although allowed by the Food Standards Agency as a sugar alternative, most of these chemical alternatives are toxic in high dosages. Aspartame is the largest source of methanol and if consumed regularly it turns into formaldehyde, a well known carcinogen and neurotoxin in the body. Dr Alan Gaby MD, in the ‘Alternative Medicine Review’ in 2007 said:
“Heated beverages with aspartame may trigger seizures.”
Although Splenda comes from sugar, it is highly processed. Manufactures replace three hydrogen oxygen groups with three chlorine atoms. This intensifies the sweetness. It can have detrimental effects on blood glucose and insulin levels, especially if you have diabetes and it may harm your gut bacteria. Studies have also found that if you are on some medications then your medication may be less effective if you are putting sweeteners in your hot drinks. If you wish to review sweeteners and their side effects, there are many web sites you can visit.
Very recently, the Centre for Science has petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration to change legislation on E150d, which is a caramel colouring in coke and other foods and has been labeled safe for consumption. It is produced by an ammonia or ammonia-sulfite process and contains substances called 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole. These compounds are used in the pharmaceutical industry and for photographic chemicals, dyes and pigments and the cleaning of agricultural chemicals and rubber products and they put it in our drinks and food, such as coke, beer, soy sauce and gravy’s. E150d has, according to the Centre of Science, been shown to be carcinogenic in animal studies. They are calling on the FDA to take the word ‘natural’ from all food labels containing this colouring because of its highly processed and chemical nature.
Whilst removing all sugar from coke, they have added unnatural sweeteners, Aspartame and Acesulfame K), the later calorie-free sweetener cannot be broken down when digested and it is not stored in the body. Critics of this sweetener say that no proper studies have been made and it may be carcinogenic and affect pregnancy or cause tumours. Of course the FDA and European Food Safety Authority disagree and they are unwilling to remove a product that brings in large amounts of money. The new coke also has Natural Flavouring. What is meant by this: Basically it is any food product that is roasted and the juices from spice, fruit, vegetable, yeast, herbs, bark, bud, root, leaf, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products or fermentation products, which after they are processed are used as food flavourings but have no nutritional value.
The new coca cola contains caffeine, sodium citrate (E331), a sour salt used as a food additive for flavour or as a preservative. (For those on other medication, sodium citrate could cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or stomach pains). And finally the new coke contains traces of Phenylalanine. Although generally considered a safe amino acid because it occurs naturally in many protein rich foods, it is a neurotoxin and excites the neurons in the brain but according to some research, if this is mixed with aspartame it can overexcite the neurons to the point where it can damage the brain and in some cases cause cells to die. So the advertising on the coke tin, which says ‘contains traces of Phenylalanine is misleading, because aspartame is 50% Phenylalanine, therefore with the amount of coke that is being consumed by millions today, especially children, may have detrimental effects on their brains in later life. The medical professions recent statement that Dementia and Alzheimer’s are rapidly increasing and 1 in 2 are likely to get one of these in the next 20 years, could well be attributed to what manufactures are putting into their food and drinks.
Let’s us now turn to some Bible verses that talk about our health. These are just a few. There are many more which you can look up yourselves:
“A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones”. Proverbs 14:30
“You satisfy me more than the richest of foods”. Psalm 63:5
“The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it. When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing”. Psalm 145-15
“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink-even if you have no money! Take your choice of wine or milk-it’s all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen and I will tell you where to get food that is good for the soul!” Isaiah 55:1-2
“The Lord will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden like an ever-flowing spring”. Isaiah 58:11
“You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness.” Exodus 23:25
“A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.” Proverbs 17:22
“I will never forget your commandments, for you have used them to restore my joy and health.” Psalm 119:93
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and i am helped. my heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” Psalm 28:7
If we persist in living a sinful life, then there is a consequence:
“Because of your anger my whole body is sick; my health is broken because of my sins. My guilt overwhelms me – it is a burden too heavy to bear. My wounds fester in stink because of my foolish sins. I am bent over and racked with pain. My days are filled with grief. A raging fever burns within me, and my health is broken. I am exhausted and completely crushed. my groans come from an anguished heart.” Psalm 38:3-8
If you are suffering from too much stress it will have an adverse effect and your health but to believe God can heal will restore your health
“As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.” Psalm 119:143
“Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.” Proverbs 12:25
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
‘So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1-2
Then Jesus said:
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
“You satisfy me more than the richest of foods.” Psalm 63:5
“He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; He offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will fall and give up. But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31
“The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it. When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.” Psalm 14:15
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” Psalm 28:7
The bible does not speak of weight management directly but the following verses address topics that have an impact on weight management and weight loss. Our first is our scripture reading:
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? you do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor god with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable.” Romans 12:1
Jesus said to the people who believed in him:
“You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent His Own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-4
“The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it. When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.” Psalm 145:15-16
“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Colossians 3:2
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing, Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8
“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin (or food), which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.” Romans 6:14-16
We have spoken about food and drink that can lead to sickness of the body and mind but what about drugs. I’m not talking about narcotics or even tobacco. According to research, prescription drugs are the third greatest killer of humans, with heart disease and cancers being first and second.
According to many doctors and professional medical staff, the only way to combat the pain you and I suffer is to take prescription drugs! I might add here that a prescription drug does not cure the problem – in general they mask the symptoms and in doing so may give respite to the problem and therefore give time for the body to heal itself. Prescription drugs can keep us alive but they have never been shown to be the cure.
Anna Nicole Smith; Keith Moon; Judy Garland; Dorothy Dandridge; Marilyn Monroe; Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson all have one thing in common? They were high-profile celebrities who died from prescription drug overdoses. When someone rich and famous dies from a taking prescription drugs, it brings renewed attention to a growing epidemic.
Drug overdose death rates in the US alone have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher. At least 100 people die from drug overdoses every day and more than 36,000 people die from overdoses annually – the majority from prescription drugs. According to the daily mail on Sunday May 13th this year, more Brits die from abusing painkillers and tranquillizers than heroin and cocaine. 807 people in the UK died overdosing on prescription drugs last year and a total of 32,000 are thought to be addicted. There were just 718 deaths from heroine and cocaine in the same year. Why are responsible GP’s, willing to so readily give drugs to patients who ask for them or even to prescribe pills for symptoms that might easily be cured through diet and exercise? It is because GP’s have to prescribe chemical drugs. They are not allowed to prescribe alternative methods of healing. As many of you know I recently worked in Germany for the British Army. Because I was a British Civil Servant, I was, along with my wife, entitled to use the Army Medical Centre on the camp where I worked. On a health check-up, it was found that my cholesterol was quite high. At that time I was not aware of the good and bad cholesterol mix and the doctor never explained to me the difference. I was offered the drug ‘Statins’ which are specifically used to lower cholesterol. Fortunately at that time I had read newspaper reports about the side-effects of these pills. I informed the doctor, who was very helpful, that I did not want to take them and told him the reason why. He was very honest with me and said that he was instructed to ensure that these pills were given to as many patients as would take them! He had been given quotas. I was never asked about my diet and what I could do to naturally reduce my cholesterol.
In 2011, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the rate of antidepressant use in the US rose by 400 per cent between 1988 and 2008.
Although doctors prescribe painkillers, sedatives, tranquilizers and stimulants all the time, that does not mean they aren't addictive or dangerous if used the wrong way.
Again in 2011, Doctor Conrad Murray was found guilty of negligent manslaughter in the wrongful death of pop music icon Michael Jackson. This high-profile murder trial brought global attention to the connected problems of prescription drug abuse and medical negligence.
Dr Murray should have known better than to administer the powerful surgical sedative drug, ‘Propofol,’ as a sleeping pill for Michael Jackson. The misuse of the drug resulted in Jackson’s death. Only Anaesthesiologists are typically allowed to administer Propofol and only in controlled hospital settings. The heart rates of patients receiving it are continuously monitored with an EKG machine, which was reportedly not present in Jackson's home. There were at least 20 other prescription drugs found at Michael Jackson’s house.
Whilst there are certain drugs that are necessary, most commonly used everyday drugs are not needed if you follow the health programme that God has given. Unfortunately many of us are prone to accept the doctor’s diagnosis without checking the side effects of any drug issued. To challenge the medical profession and their use of chemicals to treat ailments is a taboo subject and it can lead to anyone doing so being struck of a doctor’s list. Doctors’ who are found to deviate from the chemical path route can themselves lose their jobs or in the cases of Doctors Bradstreet, Hedendal and Holt in the US, they were all found dead in mysterious circumstances. 29 other holistic doctors have also been poisoned and almost died. Someone does not want to lose the money that prescription drugs make?
A Quick Fix
Most people who visit the doctors are looking for a quick fix to their problem, even if their eating or drinking habits has caused their problem.
I was in the hospital here in Shields some time ago when my wife went for a blood test and I was speaking to a man sitting next to me in the waiting room. I brought up the subject of health and how he could heal better if he changed his diet. His response was:
“It’s easier to enjoy the food and just take a pill after it.”
You see, it’s too difficult for most of us to change. There is an effort in change but to pop a pill is easy. Now I’m not advocating that everyone who is on prescription pills give up taking them. That would be irresponsible of me to suggest. Each of you must be responsible for your own choices and do what you consider best for yourselves.
Living in the Last Days of Earth’s History
We are living in the last days of earth’s history. Do you think that God will prescribe chemical drugs in the world to come? Of course not! God is the God of health and he has shown us the way to live. It is up to each of us to take up the challenge and change our diet. He even told us beforehand what would happen to the health of people in these last days and who would be responsible for our poor health
So just before I close today, let us look at one more scripture. Please turn with me to: Revelation 18:23-24. Here John is speaking about Babylon. In this context Babylon is the great Centre’s or Cities of the earth that will be destroyed by God for their evil.
“And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more in thee, for the merchants were the great men of earth; for by their sorceries were all nations deceived and in her was found the blood of the prophets and of saints and of all that were slain upon the earth.”
I want us to look at the word ‘Sorceries’. Remember our Bibles were translated mostly from the Greek language. Bible translators translated ‘sorceries’ from the Greek word ‘pharmakia’, which is where we get our word ‘pharmacy’. It is from the pharmacy that we receive all the pills and potions for our health. You will be astonished to also know that the word for ‘witchcraft’ is also translated from the word ‘pharmakia’. And who are the ‘great men of the earth?’ The powerful rich elite are making billions by keeping us in bad health. They feed us with toxins and when our bodies begin to feel the pain, they pump us with drugs to counteract the effects of the food. How right was Isaiah speaking of the time when God will destroy wicked men for their evil. Those rich men who have put profit before humanity. He says in Isaiah 13:12: “I will make a man more precious than find gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir (Ophir was a country on the SW coast of Arabia on the Red Sea renowned during King Solomon’s time for its gold and precious stones (1 Kings 9:28)
Food for our Health
We have an open door to the health of our bodies and mind. Satan has dulled those senses and now we are brainwashed into believing that advances in medicines, which have certainly helped to eradicate many diseases, are the only cure for sickness.
If you get anything out of this sermon it should be that you will now look at the labels on all supermarket foods and examine the ingredients. You can always check what they are on Google. As I said earlier, it is not easy to give up the food we are used to and it is all too easy to reach for the food that goes from hand to mouth without any physical effort on our part. Quick snacks, a chocolate bar, a bag of crisps, an ice cream or a carton of chips fill our stomachs without the need for cooking wholesome meals. It will be hard to change to a plant-based diet of whole foods and remove supermarket foods from our cupboards, but God can do all things through us if we let Him. Of course the choice is an individual one. Everyone here has to examine their own conscience and look to your own appetite. The Holy Spirit is waiting for you to ask Him for help.
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