For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. II Corinthians 4:6,7
“WE ARE A COUNTRY OF OVER FED BUT UNDER NOURISHED PEOPLE.” THAT’S A STATEMENT THAT MANY DOCTORS AND HEALTH EXPERTS OFTEN MAKE. WHAT ARE THE MAIN REASONS FOR THIS BEING TRUE? BELOW IS A LIST OF VARIOUS CAUSES:
DEPLETION OF THE SOIL DUE TO OVER USE OF HERBICIDES/PESTICIDES
PROCESSED FOODS WITH NATURAL NUTRIENTS TAKEN OUT
ADDITIVES SUCH AS DYES AND PRESERVATIVES PUT IN FOOD
SUPERSIZING AND EATING TOO MANY CALORIES
TOO MUCH SALT AND SUGAR, ESPECIALLY IN PROCESSED FOODS
NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER
WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE DO THESE 6 THINGS DO TO OUR HEALTH? ONE MAIN PROBLEM IS THAT WE BECOME DEFICIENT IN ALL IMPORTANT VITAMINS AND MINERALS. BECAUSE THEY ARE NEEDED FOR CELLULAR FUNCTION AND GROWTH- PLUS REGULATION OF BODILY PROCESSES WE CAN BECOME SICK AND DISEASED WITHOUT THE RIGHT AMOUNT. A MAJORITY OF CASES OF DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, AND OBESITY ARE BLAMED ON PROCESSED FOODS AND EXCESSIVE CALORIES.
IN ADDITION, LACK OF THE RIGHT NUTRIENTS COULD SPEED UP DEGENERATIVE DISEASES IN THE ELDERLY AND IS ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH THE GROWTH OF CANCEROUS CELLS. ON THE OTHER HAND, ADDITIVES LIKE DYES AND PRESERVATIVES CAN REEK HAVOC WITH MANY PEOPLE’S IMMUNE SYSTEMS. SO DOES IT MAKE SENSE THAT NATURAL GOODNESS IS TAKEN OUT OF OUR FOOD AND REPLACED WITH UNNATURAL CHEMICALS?
THE SAME ISSUES ARE PREVALENT WITHIN THE REALM OF OUR SPIRITUAL DIET. SOME MINISTERS (WHO FEAR COMPROMISE WITH THE WORLD) HAVE ATTEMPTED TO FORCE FEED PERFECTION TO YOUNG CHRISTIANS. YET MANY TIMES IT RESULTS IN SOULS THAT ARE SERIOUSLY WOUNDED OR THAT DIE FROM LACK OF LOVE, PATIENCE, AND MERCY.
OTHER MINISTERS GO IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION BY FEEDING SPIRITUAL MEALS FULL OF ADDITIVES TO MAKE THE WORD LOOK MORE APPETIZING FOR WORLDLY TASTES. PLUS, THEY TAKE OUT VITAL INGREDIENTS THAT CONTAIN IMPORTANT VITAMINS OR MINERALS (TRUTHS). THEN THEY ADD EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF SEASONINGS THAT ARE NOT NECESSARY AND UNHEALTHY (ATTEMPT TO HYPE UP THE WORD WITH USELESS IDEAS).
LIKEWISE, THERE ARE SOME MINISTERS WHO FEED US FOOD THAT IS SO DRY IT IS HARD TO SWALLOW. WITHOUT THE ANOINTING OF THE SPIRIT IN THEIR PREACHING THE WORD IS LIFELESS. THANK GOD FOR THE TRUE MINISTERS WHO YIELD THEMSELVES TO THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH WHICH MANIFESTS THE WORD OF LIFE. THE BIBLE READS, “Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 2 Corinthians 3:5-7
ULTIMATELY, THE MORE MAN TRIES TO IMPROVE ON THE PURE WORD OF GOD THE MORE THE WORD IS CONTAMINATED. MANY PEOPLE THINK OUR NATURAL DIET NEEDS TO BE MORE SIMPLE AND DOWN TO EARTH. HOW MUCH MORE SHOULD OUR SPIRITUAL DIET BE PURE AND SENT FROM HEAVEN.
Reading the Bible without meditating on it is like trying to eat without swallowing. –Anonymous
There is a way of reading the Bible that seems to leave God far away, off in the shadows somewhere. It is all information and technicalities and knowledge, but it feels like you’re sitting with your back towards God. You come up against a difficulty or question, and you go to books, you ask pastors, friends, strangers on the internet, anyone but Him. Gradually God gets smaller and dimmer. –Unknown