Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 23, 2013
At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. Daniel 1:15-16
There is a stewardship of feeding a healthy body which God desires for His children. The Creator of the body has defined dietary guidelines that prove themselves beneficial to physical wellness. Who would know better what to put into the mouth and ingest into the stomach than the One who made us? The original designer of an all natural diet is the One who commands fruits, nuts and vegetables to grow. A return to natural food is a return to the way the Lord expects us steward this body he has given us.
For many of us in our youth we had the physical capacity to eat more variety and quantity of food, however, as we grow older and gain wisdom (and weight!) we can make more educated decisions about our food choices. Safe to say, whatever stage of life we find ourselves we are smart to be very selective in what and how much food we eat. Normally if we plan a menu in advance and dine at home, we have more control over our consumption of calories and nutrition.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. 1 Corinthians 6:19
Yes, partake in your Maker’s diet and He will make you healthier than if you follow a haphazard approach to healthy eating. For example, focus on small portions of lean protein such as beef, chicken or fish accompanied by a fresh salad, vegetables and fruit. Moreover, God may call you to be a vegetarian for a season to slow down your intake of meat. Temperance tames your appetite. But be cautious as food obsessions make the menu an idol. So, start by simply consuming small amounts of fresh food. When you manage well the Holy Spirit’s temple (your body), you manage to feel better.
Lastly, limit the intake of beverages other than water. Any excessive drinking of soda, alcohol, coffee, tea or juice will add too many calories eventually contributing to obesity and disease. Liquid calories and nutritional values should be monitored with equal resolve as solid. In addition, keep an eye on your intake of sugar and sodium, as they are two unhealthy culprits from dining out at restaurants. Most of all, see yourself as a wise physical manager of your Creator’s body. Check out God’s specific guidelines in Leviticus 11:1-47 and in Acts 10:9-16. Be like Daniel, keep your appetites under the Spirit’s control so the world desires to ask you why.
Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. Exodus 23:25
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am grateful to You for creating my body, I want to follow Your guidelines for healthy eating.
Related Readings: Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Leviticus 11:1-47; Malachi 2:15; Acts 10:9-16; 1 Corinthians 6:13
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I just finished reading today’s devotional and I have to point out something. Acts 10:9-16 is referenced as a passage that describes healthy living. This is not correct, the vision Peter has is not about food but about spreading the word of God to the Gentiles. Acts 10:28-29. God showed Peter that no man should be called common or unclean. If you read the rest of Acts 10:17-48 this becomes apparent.
Wonderful insite! Only have one body…once it is destroyed you can not get another one. We as Chriatians must take care of the temple where the Holy Spirit dwells.
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