Over the years, there has been a lack of teaching and training in the church on how to properly steward the physical body. Pastors preach messages behind the pulpit on the spirit and soul part of man but has left out the importance of caring for and properly nourishing the physical body. When the Lord created mankind, he made them with 3 parts: spirit, soul and a body. Therefore, due to the lack of teaching from God’s Word on the physical part of man, it has caused the body of Christ to be kept in the darkness and in total ignorance about health and nutrition. Hosea 4:6 says that God’s people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.
This article is written to help bring “knowledge” of the importance of keeping the temple of God (physical body) healthy, for the glory God. It will actually lead you to living the abundant life that Jesus says we can have! (John 10:10)
Here are some written clips of what is in chapter 8 of my book “The Dancing Warrior Bride!”:
HOW TO CONDITION THE TEMPLE OF GOD:
As a certified health minister through Hallelujah Acres, I want to emphasize that my focus for this teaching is not centered on addressing weight issues but more on health issues. By following the principles taught on the next few pages, it will help you lose some of those extra pounds you’ve longed to get off and create a healthy physical temple that will sustain you through your dances.
Please have an open mind, and take off the limitations that sometimes entangle us. These are guidelines – not rules. We are no longer under the Law but there are some very important principals that God addresses in the Old Testament that can still be useful for us today. Let’s go back and see what God had established from the very beginning of time about man’s diet; a time when sin had not yet entered the heart of man and everything was in a perfect state of being. I call this plan A, God’s perfect plan and will for mankind.
Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
After God had created the heavens and the earth and everything in the earth (including man), in verse 29 and 30 God gave mankind and the creatures of this earth their diet; fruits vegetables, seeds and nuts. When God released this diet, there was no sin present; it was His perfect will in a perfect world for ALL creation to live on a vegetarian diet. There was no killing or bloodshed of animals for meat, just pure raw foods for the strengthening and nourishment of the body. God knew exactly what He was doing by giving mankind this type of diet as all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals as well as enzymes that the body would need to sustain long life is found in raw food. Even the wild animals would eat vegetation (every green plant) for food.
It wasn’t until after sin came in to the world, and God regretting making mankind because of the evil intentions of their heart, (Genesis 6:5-6) that He would now allow animal flesh to be consumed in a vegetarian body. (Genesis 9) This was God’s permissible will or plan B for mankind.
1 Corinthians 10:23, teaches believers that everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial or constructive. We are free in Christ to eat whatever we wish, but the body of Christ lacks great wisdom when it comes to understanding how food affects the body. Most Pastors do not preach on the physical body, just the soul and spirit part of man but we are made up spirit, soul and body and because of the neglect in teaching wisdom in nourishing these precious temples that the Holy Spirit dwells in, believers die a premature death due to ignorance; a lack of knowledge. (My people perish for the lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6)
Eating a daily diet high in saturated fat, refined sugar and animal products will cause debilitating diseases in the body. The law of sowing and reaping is still in effect to us today, not just spiritually, but also naturally. America is one the wealthiest nations in the world yet we are one of the sickest; we eat like the kings and queens of old. Have you ever noticed in old history books when you see pictures of kings and queens sitting on their thrones that they are usually very round, full faced people and yet their servants are pictured very thin? The reason why is the servants would usually eat fruits and vegetables as their diet versus the kings and queens would eat from their wealth which included a lot of meat. Meat in Biblical times was 3% fat. Today it is anywhere between 20-60% fat. Cheese is 90% saturated fat and low fat cheese is 70%. No wonder America’s #1 death is heart attacks and strokes (1 out of 2 people) and cancer running a close second (1 out of 3). Over one-third of Americans are obese; it is because we are putting the wrong fuel in our gas tanks! Food is much like fuel; your body is the car or vehicle and the food you eat is the fuel. By putting the wrong octane of fuel (food) in your vehicle, it will eventually start to “ping and knock” and gradually stop performing to the capacity it was designed to function. It’s the same with food; putting the wrong kind of fuel (food) in your body will cause you to become sluggish, tired, experience aches, pains and eventually can lead to diseases to manifest. All of these symptoms are the “pinging and knocking” going on in your vehicle.
Now, some of you are thinking, “well, I pray over my food so God is blessing it” but is He really blessing it? If He was blessing our 60% saturated fat from pork and 20-40% fat from chicken, then why is the church just as sick as the world? Wouldn’t we be “healthier” because God is blessing our food? No, Christians are just as sick as the world because we are eating the same diet as they are. We have conformed to the patterns of this world in many ways including eating the S.A.D. diet or the Standard American Diet. You reap what you sow; If you sow healthy living food that contains all the life force and nutrition your body was designed to partake of, then you will reap the healthy benefits and the blessings that God designed from the very beginning of time to your body. Life begets life; you cannot take something that is in a dead state (cooked) and create life out of it. For instance, when you cook your food, you destroy most or if not all the nutritional value in the food as well as the enzymes that your body needs to function on a healthy, daily basis. You cannot create a healthy living cell by eating dead, cooked food BUT you will create healthy living cells by eating living, raw foods. Once again, this is just a guideline to follow that I know will bless your life with quality and longevity by applying these principals.
MY TESTIMONY: At the age of 35, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in my back and my right knee. I was in constant pain and the doctors wanted to put me on steroids to treat the problem but I refused the medication and started to do some research on natural ways to heal the body. I went and had X-rays taken of my back and the doctor told me I had bones of an 85 year old. At that time I was exercising but I ate the standard American diet that consisted of a lot of meat and sugar. About 2 years later the Lord led me to Hallelujah Acres, a Christian health and nutrition retreat center and school, and I started to apply the 10 commandments of health that are listed below. I went on a strict vegan diet (no animal products), drank plenty of carrot and vegetable juices and within 6 weeks, all arthritis as well as every other ailment in my body was gone! One year later I went back to have my bones x-rayed and the doctor told me I had bones of a 15 year old! I was able to regenerate and rebuild my entire bone structure in my body simply by applying the Genesis1:29 lifestyle, to my life. I am currently today more healthier and stronger than I was 11 years ago before I started the diet and am totally disease free in my body. It literally gave me my whole life back! So, I can testify to God’s perfect will of eating raw fruits and vegetables, grains, seeds and nuts and the healing power that is in it. God literally renewed my youth like the eagle! (Psalms 103:5) I am not saying that I won’t ever get sick but by applying God’s perfect diet, I eliminate my chances of sickness and disease tremendously. Ultimately, I want to praise and worship my God for as long as I can as well as be a testimony to an unhealthy, sick dying world. I challenge you to try it, especially if you are dealing with any form of sickness in the body. The Bible says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14) and that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit; Let’s consecrate our spirit, soul and physical body, keeping it holy (set apart) and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ ( 1 Thess. 5:23)