Many in the Christian community believe that God governs everything that happens in their lives, including whether they get sick or remain healthy! Some even believe that their health, and even the time of their death, is totally out of their control and totally in God’s hands! I personally reject that kind of thinking, because my Bible tells me that God wants us to “BE IN HEALTH!”
“Beloved, i wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth!” ~ III John 1:2If the Bible tells us that God wishes “ABOVE ALL THINGS" that we prosper and be in health, how can we say when sickness comes our way that the sickness we are experiencing is “GOD’S WILL”? I have been a Christian for 57 years, and during those years, have often come in contact with people who accepted sickness as God’s will for their lives. I believe health, in most instances, is a matter of CHOICE! In the book of Deuteronomy, God tells the Israelites that they have a CHOICE to make concerning their future:
“And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse . . . And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice . . . That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity and have compassion upon thee . . . And bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed . . . And he will do thee good” ~ Deuteronomy 30:1-5 “But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land . . .” ~ Deuteronomy 30:17-18After God had given His people the above CHOICES, God, in Deuteronomy 30:19, offers the Israelites an opportunity to CHOOSE one or the other of the two CHOICES He had offered them - a CHOICE that would affect their future destiny and even their very life and the life of their children.
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
We Too Have A ChoiceI believe that just as God gave the Israelites an opportunity to CHOOSE their future, we today, in this 21st century in which we live, have CHOICES we can make that will affect our future concerning whether we “live in health,” or whether we live in sickness, as well as the health of our children.
“I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”Whether we “live in health,” or whether we live in sickness, is almost totally in our own hands and under our control! In my seminars, I will often say, “the next time you get sick, don’t go running to the doctor and ask him to fix you, or even to God and ask Him to fix you – run for the bathroom, turn on the light, and look yourself full in the mirror, and ask this question: "What did I do to create this physical problem?" We live in a society that is always trying to blame sickness on someone or something else. Some people even blame God for their sickness. When I was told I had colon cancer almost 40 years ago, the doctors told me I had cancer because my mother had colon cancer before me, and that I had inherited it. Have you not noticed that more and more of the physical problems being experienced these days are blamed on bad genes? In other words, our sickness is "not our fault!" Or we are told that it was a germ, or a virus, or some bad bacteria that chose to attack us and that we are just the innocent and unfortunate victims. Again, we are led to believe that the sickness is not our fault. I don’t believe that we are the innocent victims for a moment, nor will I accept that rationale! Rather, I believe that life is a series of choices, in almost everything that happens to us, good or bad, including our health. Listen to what God says here in Galatians 6:7:
“Be not deceived; god is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”Whether we experience sickness or health depends on this irrefutable law of sowing and reaping! If we want health, we can almost always experience that health that we say we so desire IF we will but sow the seeds that produce health! The problem is that too many people who are saying they want health, instead of sowing the seeds that will produce health, are sowing seeds that will produce sickness with almost every mouthful of food or beverage they put into their body. Following are some interesting thoughts and Scriptures:
God Created Man
“I will praise thee; for i am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” ~ Psalm 139:14I believe man is the direct creation of God and not a product of evolution! My Bible tells me how God created man:
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. ~ Genesis 2:7
God Gave Man A DietMy Bible tells me that after God had created man, He placed that human creation in a garden and gave His human creation a diet:
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb (vegetable) bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth and every tree in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be your food.” ~ Genesis 1:29
Satan Questioned What God Had Said Mankind Could Eat
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” ~ Genesis 3:1As a result of that temptation, Eve CHOSE to reject God’s instructions as to what she should or should not eat. Eve then offered that same forbidden fruit to her husband Adam and he CHOSE to eat of it also. As a result of the CHOICES they each made, they both suffered horrible consequences.
Today, Satan Is Still At WorkSatan’s first and primary goal is to keep a person from CHOOSING God’s Son, Jesus Christ, whom God sent to this earth to die and shed His precious blood in payment for our sins. If Satan fails in keeping a person from accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour, his next objective is to destroy their physical body, or at least cause it to so malfunction that the person cannot effectively serve the Lord and fulfill the ministry God has given that person to perform in their lifetime. In Roman’s 12:1-2, we find God encouraging Christians to live a healthy life and reject the world’s influences:
“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 . . .”In I Corinthians 6:19-20 God again challenges believers with these words:
“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God’s.”
ConclusionGod created those first two humans – Adam and Eve. They CHOSE to disobey God in their food choices, and their bad food CHOICES caused them to be separated from God, and we know this separation of man from God was passed on to all people. Then God provides man a means of reconciliation by sending His only Son, Jesus, who makes full payment for man’s sin through the shedding of His own blood. As a result of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, reconciliation is offered to all mankind. If a person chooses to accept Christ, despite the best efforts of Satan to prevent that happening, Satan’s next objective is to prevent that believer from having a physically body fit for the Master’s use and capable of fulfilling their God ordained ministry. . The Standard American Diet (SAD) is Satan's diet. (My wife Rhonda refers to the SAD diet as “Satan’s Alternative Diet”) You will find the SAD diet is comprised almost completely of items that are not found in God’s Genesis 1:29 diet. This SAD diet is the cause of almost every physical problem (other than accidents) man experiences during his or her lifetime. When a man or woman chooses to reject Satan's SAD diet (SAD) and starts consuming God’s Genesis 1:29 diet that person almost always sees their physical as well as psychological problems simply disappear, and they don’t get sick anymore.
Yes — Health Is A Matter of ChoiceAlmost 40 years ago, after having eaten the SAD diet for 42 years of my life and experiencing all the horrible consequences the consuming of this diet brings, I made the CHOICE to change my diet. In 1976 I rejected Satan’s Alternative Diet (SAD) which is also called the world’s Standard American Diet (SAD) and started eating the foods God said we should eat in Genesis 1:29. The results of that diet change? All my physical problems went away, and except for the stroke I experienced in 2001 due to stress, not diet, I have not had as much as cold, the flu, a headache or an upset stomach in the last almost 40 years and I am now over 80 years of age and still in excellent health. Will you, dear friend, reading these words, CHOOSE HEALTH also? THE CHOICE IS YOURS!
How You Can Improve Your Physical HealthThe easiest and fastest way to improve your health and lower your health care costs is to stop doing those things that are creating your physical problems and thus increasing your health care costs. Most physical and even psychological problems are caused by consuming toxic non-foods that are contrary to what our body was designed by God to handle. A simple change in diet and lifestyle to predominantly LIVING garden sourced foods and daily exercise is that simple change I made almost 40 years ago that made such a profound difference in my health and my health care costs, and can no doubt make the difference in yours as well. It’s no fun being sick! If you are not already on God’s predominantly LIVING foods Genesis 1:29 diet, may I encourage you to give it a try! Hallelujah Acres is a Christian ministry that teaches health from a Biblical perspective — the Hallelujah Diet! Multitudes have made this diet change that we teach here at Hallelujah Acres, and experienced normalization of weight, as well as the elimination of almost all their physical and psychological problems.
Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creek doesn’t rise too high, we will return with another exciting issue of the Hallelujah Health Tip. Trust you will join us and that you will share these Health Tips with friends and loved ones.