My recent Health Tip article encouraging you to make the New Year the healthiest year of your life generated a wonderful response from readers like you! I received numerous letters requesting that Rhonda and I pray for their success winning the dietary battle and improving their health by adopting The Hallelujah Diet. Among those letters were a number of prayer requests from people who previously attempted to do the diet, but whose efforts were being hindered by cheating. I would like to address that all-to-common issue in this message. Let me begin by sharing a few letters from those on The Hallelujah Diet who experienced improvement in their health, started cheating, and lost the ground they had gained as a result of that cheating:
“Two years ago I was on the Hallelujah Diet for six weeks. It was the healthiest six weeks of my adult life. Mentally I felt wonderful...not so stressed...my family told me I was much nicer. Then I got off the diet and went back to my old way of eating, and all the problems the SAD had previously created and I had seen disappear, came back: Hot flashes, bad memory, anger, low body temperature, low metabolism, weight gain, skin rashes, nail fungus, and I could go on. Sugar makes me angry, and I seem to crave it like a drug. I so believe that your Hallelujah Diet is the answer to a healthy life. Please pray for me.” ~ Anne-Marie “I was on the Hallelujah Diet for a year, felt wonderful, lost weight, and then came off the diet and developed back the skin condition, weight, sinusitis, etc., which I had lost previously while on the diet. I am trying to get back on the program, but I am finding it extremely hard ... need prayer to give me the strength to get back on the Hallelujah Diet...Please pray for me.” ~ Helen
The Answer to These Prayers Is In RomansIn response to these and so many other pleas for prayer to be able to stop cheating, I want to share the following verses. They provide a huge tip for achieving success and should be great motivation to those who believe the Bible to be the very Word of God.
“I BESEECH you therefore, BRETHREN, by the mercies of God, that ye present your BODIES a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)Notice first to whom the Apostle Paul is speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit: “brethren.” The word brethren refers to fellow believers or Christians! If you are a Christian, what follows the word brethren is a message for YOU! Secondly, notice the word that precedes brethren. It is the word “beseech.” Webster’s Dictionary defines beseech like this: “To implore urgently...To beg eagerly...To make urgent appeal.” Clearly, in this portion of Scripture, God is sending an urgent appeal to the believer regarding a subject obviously of great importance to our heavenly Father. What is it? That subject is our bodies. And what is that urgent appeal God is making to believers? It is that we are each to “...present our bodies a living sacrifice.”
Dedication to the LordIn our Christian churches, we often have special dedication services for our children. We dedicate (present) them to the Lord, and dedicate ourselves to raising them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. In other words, we are giving our children back to the Lord and asking His help in raising them. Some people dedicate their homes, their cars, or even their lives to the Lord. But have you ever thought of “presenting your body” to the Lord? Telling the Lord that you will take care of that beautiful physical house He has given you to live in during your earthly life? Right now, why don’t we each stop for a moment and
- Dedicate our bodies to the Lord
- Record the date and what we have done in the front of our Bibles
- Put this information on an index card and post it where you will see it each day as a reminder of this dedication of your body to the Lord.
HolyAgain I turn to Webster’s Dictionary for a definition to use as our starting point. Webster defines “holy” this way:
“Recognized as or declared sacred...Dedicated or devoted to the service of God.”So now the full meaning of the verse from Romans begins to come into clear view. God is pleading with His people to present (dedicate) their physical bodies to Him as a living sacrifice because this physical body we each possess is holy. In fact, in I Corinthians 6:19 we learn this about our bodies:
“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple (dwelling place) of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought (purchased) with a price (the precious blood of Jesus): therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your Spirit, which are God's.”
Acceptable Unto GodWow! If a Christian wants motivation to have a healthy body in which to serve the Lord, this Scripture should give each of us the Biblical foundation on which to build our new, healthy, life. And remember, going back to Romans 12:1-2, we know that doing so is:“acceptable unto God” and He says it is only “your reasonable service.”
And Be Not Conformed to This WorldContinuing with Romans 12:2 we read:
“AND be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect, will of God.”As a pastor for nearly 20 years, I would often use Romans 12:2 as a springboard text to preach against the sin and moral decay of this world. But I was using that verse out of context. Romans 12:2 is not talking about the sin and moral decay of this world, but rather it is talking about the same thing Romans 12:1 is talking about which is “presenting our bodies a living sacrifice.” For proof that verse 2 is talking about our physical bodies, notice that the very first word of Romans 12:2 is the word “and.” This indicates that the verse is a continuing thought from Romans 12:1. In other words, to properly understand Romans 12:2, we must keep it in context with Romans 12:1 and realize that God is continuing in this verse to talk about the body He is telling us that we should “be not conformed to this world” with regards to how we take care of our physical body. Now, most Christians realize that there are two ways of dealing with things in this life – God’s Way and the World’s Way. However few realize that this includes how we take care of our physical bodies.
God’s WayIn Genesis 1:29, God gave Adam and Eve the diet with which God intended His human creation to be nourished. Clearly, this diet was to consist exclusively of raw, plant-sourced foods. This Genesis 1:29, 100% plant-sourced food diet continued to be the exclusive diet of mankind from the time God first gave it to Adam until the great flood 1,700 years later. During those years on the Genesis 1:29 diet, the patriarchs lived to an average age of 912 years without a single recorded instance of sickness. But then came the flood in Genesis 7 and in verse 19 we learned the flood waters covered all plant foods. For what I believe were survival purposes, God allowed man in Genesis 9:3 to consume the flesh of animals, and that began man’s drift away from the original, 100% plant-based diet God intended man to consume for ultimate health.
The World’s DietAs more time passed, man turned ever further from God’s Way of nourishing his body to the World’s Way. Man has gone from consuming raw, plant-sourced foods as God designed, to consuming it in its cooked form; from obtaining sugars from fruits to obtaining it in refined form; from obtaining foods from the garden and orchard to foods manufactured in cans, boxes, and jars with toxic chemical preservatives, coloring agents, etc. And our water, once coming in pure form from a spring or well, now comes piped into our houses containing toxic chlorine and fluoride. I could go on, but I think you get the point. It should be abundantly clear to any reader that we have corrupted God’s Way of nourishing our bodies and adopted the World’s Way. And just as clear is the fact we have paid a heavy price for our choice. For proof, just take a look at the health of the average Christian in the average church consuming the World’s Diet! Then, look at the health of those Christians consuming Genesis 1:29 foods. Millions of Christians around the world have stopped consuming the World’s Diet and returned to God’s Original Genesis 1:29 Diet. The result? When people turn their backs on the World’s Way and return to God’s Way of nourishing their bodies they usually see their physical problems simply go away and they don’t get sick anymore.
In ConclusionLet’s go back to Romans 12:2 one last time as we conclude:
“AND be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect, will of God.”For the past 21 years, I have been encouraging Christians to “renew” their minds with regards to how they look at food and how they nourish their physical bodies. Millions have allowed their mind to be renewed and as a result changed their diets and by so doing have proven the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God as they saw their physical problems simply go away. Will you allow your mind to be renewed so that you, too, can prove this with your health? Or will you continue to allow the world to program your mind and dictate how you nourish your body, and experience the consequences of displeasing God? Each of us has a choice! Joshua challenged the Israelites in his day with these words:
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye shall serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the Gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)Or consider these words from James:
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway foregeteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (James 1:25)
That’s it for this time. Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high, we will return with another issue of the Hallelujah Acres Health Tip. Trust you will join us and that you will share these Health Tips with friends and loved ones.