“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. Now God has not onlyraised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.” But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.
“Not all things are profitable,” Sure, that extra piece of chocolate cake may be permissible, but is it profitable or beneficial to your body? We are the temple of God and need to practice self control. We should choose healthy foods to are profitable to our bodies. If you are struggling with self control, one of the best ways to beat that demon is to fast. More on that later!
Most people take better care of their car than they do of their body. A car needs tune-ups, check-ups and a thorough cleaning. It needs the right kind of gas. If you believe God gave you that car, you think of yourself as a steward, someone who is a caretaker of it. You keep up with the maintenance record, and use the car to glorify God. We should do the same for our bodies! We are stewards, overseers, who are accountable with the care we give (or don’t give) our bodies. We need the right gas (food and drink) put into our bodies for them to run effectively. When we don’t, they run like old junk cars. They sputter and clunk, and have a hard time getting going in the morning. We can do a thorough cleaning (a cleansing fast) to get rid of the junk piled up in our intestines. (We can have over 5 pounds of matter stuck in there! see happycolon.com).
As a Christian, we profess that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We need to care for this body and should not invite the Holy Spirit into a trash heap of junk food and disease. So many churches wink their eye to the sin of “GLUTTONY,” and ignore the fact that it is destroying them. The toxins are killing good church members. Gluttony is making a god of food. It places eating higher on our list of things to do than praying or reading our Bible.
Jesus went to the woman at the well and did ministry. The disciples showed up with lunch and asked him if he wanted to eat. “No, I have food you don’t know about.” Jesus was teaching us that ministry is more important than our hungry bellies. This is a lost concept for much of the Christian Church, who have never fasted and live for eating out at their favorite restaurant.
My challenge to you. Ask God to help you start eating right. If it grows in nature (fruits, vegetables, whole grains), put it into your diet! If it is process, with chemicals and hydrogenated oils, run from it! Sugar is evil, it adds empty calories and feeds cancer cells. It slows down your immune system, and makes you weaker. It increases the aging process and promotes disease and inflammation.
“God help us to crave and eat healthy food. Give us desire for Your Word, the Bible, and focus our attention on your kingdom. Set us free from our earthly addictions. Let our youth be renewed like the eagles. In Jesus’ Name”
We watched this movie last week. It was about a man who was overweight, had a rare disease, depressed, couldn’t think clearly and was going downhill quickly. What did he do to change his life entirely? He bought a juicing machine and went on a juice fast for 60 days as he traveled in America. All his symptoms went away, and he no longer needed medication. When someone knows they need to do something drastic, fasting is a great option. The movie was well documented, and easy to watch (some documentaries are not!).