We are living in a world today where many people are dying daily, just because of their inability or the lack of desire in them to do the right things, so as to stay healthy and not get weaker and sicker in doing the will of God. Important to note is the fact that most of the people who have been dying of medical complications during COVID-19, are dying just because of the lust in their flesh for eating unhealthy foodstuffs.
The unhealthy desires in them for certain foodstuffs is hindering and deteriorating their physical health situation, thereby making them weaker and sicker in fulfilling the call of the Lord for their lives. It’s interesting to note that many of them do acknowledge the right things for them to be doing, but they still continue to crave for those unhealthy food habits.
God created the physical body to be nourished by eating healthy foodstuffs. He did not give us our physical body to be misused and abused with unhealthy foods. We are caretakers before God of the physical body. God lives in our body. He longs to manifest Himself through our physical body, to those who do not yet know Him. Our body is the Temple of God’s Holy Spirit, who lives in us. We must be better and good stewards of God’s Temple – who we are.
Just because something tastes good and delicious doesn’t necessarily means, that it’s healthy and good for the physical body. It’s true that God created all animals and plants as food for us to enjoy (Genesis 1:29-30). But just because certain things are good for one person, doesn’t necessarily means that it’s good for everyone else. One man’s food can be another man’s poison in destroying his life.
The scriptures declares that:
“For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.”
Romans 14:2-3 NKJV
It’s not a thing of honor and glory to God to be seeing gifted and talented children of God dying, because they can’t take charge of what goes through their mouths.
Do you know that many Christians are dying before the time, that the Lord gave them to live on this earth, just because they are addicted to certain unhealthy food items? These types of foodstuffs are making them sicker and weaker daily, in fulfilling the call of God over their lives. They know about this, but they will just not break away from their unhealthy habits.
They used to be stronger and very energetic for the Lord before. But now their physical energy has dwindled. It has affected their spiritual growth as well, because they can’t pray more effectively as they used to do before. They can’t do what they used to do for the Lord ten or twenty years ago, just because of their unhealthy eating habits.
Will it not be a good testimony for every child of God, to be able to do exploits for the Lord, as Caleb did in his old age. Caleb never waned in his physical body and strength. He was stronger at the age of eighty five, ready to go out and fight for the Lord, just as he was at the age of forty. He said to Joshua with whom he had spied out the land from the wilderness (Numbers 13 and 14):
“And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.”
Joshua 14:10-11 NKJV
What a great testimony of God’s faithfulness from this man of faith. At the age of eighty five he was not thinking about retirement. He was planning to go out and win more battles for the Lord. Will it not be a good thing for every messenger of God on earth today, to be able to live like Caleb?
We are involved in a spiritual warfare that had been won already by Jesus against the devil. We will need to be able to stand firmly in this victory, declaring and affirming the Lordship of Christ Jesus. But what you are eating may be causing your effectiveness, to stand strong against the devil with your declarations and affirmations of the victory.
This is not with regards to smoking or alcohol consumptions. You do know exactly what the scriptures teaches about such things. But this has to do with the things that certain Christians have developed a craving for from their childhood. And now as they are aging their physical body is telling them to stop eating those things, which they can’t seem to be breaking away from. Their eating habit is slowing them down and destroying their physical body.
Unfortunately some are not listening to the Lord and their medical doctors. They are killing themselves slowly every day because of their own foolishness. Your physical body does not need certain things to nourish it as you are aging.
There are things you used to do as a little child which you don’t do anymore, because you have grown up to become an adult (1 Corinthians 13:11). But what of the foods that you used to eat as a child? Are you paying attention to be sure that, they are not making you weaker and sicker in obeying God?
A baby will feed on milk for the growth and development of the body parts. After awhile the baby will begin to learn how to eat solid food. And as the baby grows into adulthood there will come a time, when the body of the person will start telling him or her to stop eating certain things.
The Lord had kept Caleb stronger and healthier so as to be able to do greater exploits, because he had learnt to obey God’s commandments; including the commandments that pertains to eating certain foods. Do you know that Caleb actually outlived Joshua in the promised land? He was the last person to die of those who had traveled from Egypt into the Promised land.
The Lord prolonged his life so as to be able to do greater exploits for Him. Before the Judges emerged in Israel Caleb had become a mentor, to the younger generations coming after him. His lifestyle of faith had affected the course of Israel’s history.
Caleb had kept a close eye on his physical body. His body was never for the sins that others were committing around him. And he knew better not to be eating the foods that, God had commanded them not to be eating through Moses. This was the secret to his long life.
The longest living man on the earth was Methuselah (Genesis 5:21-27). Many rabbinical teachings have pointed out that, Methuselah was always particular about what was going on around him. He kept himself pure from the evil world that surrounded him. Even though he was a great hunter, but there were certain things that he would never eat, which he had seen people around him craving for.
If you’re planning to live longer on the earth so as to serve the Lord in a healthy body, until the second coming of Jesus Christ; you’d better be paying attention to what you are eating. It’s godly and medically advisable to be eating foodstuffs, not just because they tastes good and delicious; but because they are the best foodstuffs for your physical body.
They are not making you weak or sleepy after eating them. They should be restoring your strength and energizing you, so as to be more productive for the Lord.
The types of food that you are eating has a way of affecting, your level of productivity in the things of God’s Kingdom. When the Lord tells you to do something, you want to be sure that you are always ready to obey Him. If your body is making you feel weaker in obeying the Lord; then your productivity level is diminished. God wants to do more for you, but you are not really helping yourself in obeying God.
Then you will begin to wonder why you are no more getting the results in your prayer life, that you used to have before. You are fasting and praying with no results, because the craving for those unhealthy foods are still part of your life.
And there is really nothing that God is able to do about, your personal will and desires concerning what you are eating. He wants to help you, but you are not helping yourself. God does not have the power to change what you are doing with your body. You are the person in charge of your own body. You can say no, to certain eating habits so as to prolong your life.
Lesson from the life of David’s men of war
King David mentioned about this in Psalms 107. It’s still unclear if he was referring to the men of war with him, or the children of Israel in general at a particular time in history. There had been some suggestions that he was referring to the Jews during the Babylonian captivity. But David unfortunately could not had been referring to that, since he was not even alive to had witnessed the captivity itself.
Whosoever he might had been referring to must had been eating foolishly; to the extent that their desires for those foodstuffs, had started making them sicker and weaker. We do know however that there were certain things, that the Lord forbade the Israelites from eating (see Leviticus 11).
In a world today where there is so much talk about fats in food which can cause sicknesses; we can see that these people who were referred to below by David, were doing the same foolish things that is so common in our world today.
“Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses.”
Psalms 107:17-19 NKJV
The Passion Translation says it like this:
“Some of us were such fools, bringing on ourselves sorrow and suffering all because of our sins. Sick and feeble, unable to stand the sight of food, we drew near to the gates of death. Then we cried out, “Lord, help us! Rescue us!” And he did!”
Psalms 107:17-19 TPT
And the New Living Translation says:
“Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins. They couldn’t stand the thought of food, and they were knocking on death’s door. “ Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.”
Psalms 107:17-19 NLT
This group of people were fools for not paying attention to the commandments of God. According to these scripture texts the very thought of food or the sight of it, ignited the fire in them for such food. They could not resist the temptation for certain delicacies. They became sick as a result of their eating habits or eating disorder.
But the compassion of the Lord rescued them, as they prayed to Him for deliverance from destruction.
The devil is using the eating habits of a lot of Christians these days, to take their lives away before the time allotted to them by the Lord. They are falling sick of their own doing. The enemy is putting the desires in them for the foodstuffs, that probably tastes good and delicious; with the intention of getting them sicker and weaker for the Lord. And when you become sicker and weaker like this, it will eventually affect the exercise of your spiritual authority over the devil.
We should not forget that in the Old Testament there were certain animals that were forbidden to be eaten by the Israelites. It’s for a reason. God has chosen and called out the nation of Israel for Himself, as the nation of priesthood. This has never changed. And it’s because of this calling to serve Him, that they had been prohibited from eating these animals.
Holiness in serving the Lord demands our separation from certain things, that the Holy God does not like, because they will affect our effectiveness to willingly obey God. As the people of God we have been called into holiness (1 Peter 2:9-10). God wants us to be able to serve Him with a healthy body, and not a sick or weak one. He does not want you to be sick to the extent that, you are bringing reproach to His name, before those who are sick in the world.
That’s why it’s important to pay attention to what you are eating daily. You have many years ahead of you to serve the Lord. God doesn’t want you to come home before your time. Live longer to serve the Lord in a healthy body. You don’t need the food that is always making you weak and sick. It’s going to get you to the grave before your time. Cut off those bad eating habits now before it’s too late!
You may say that it’s your native food. But if your native food keeps bringing you to the bed of sickness, I will like to advise you as a Christian brother; that it’s time to let it go away. You’d better look for something more healthier for yourself to eat.
Jesus during His life on the earth was eating bread and fish. He was eating healthy, even though there were a lot of beef eaters in Israel at the time around Him. Jesus was therefore able to travel long distances without hindering Himself physically. He was able to spend more time with the Father, because He kept a close eye on what was going through His mouth.
The three disciples with Him were sleeping, while He was praying at the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:40-46). We do know from the scriptures that they had just finished eating the last supper with Him. They had eaten too much than was necessary for their physical body. Yes, what you are eating can affect your productivity in the things of God.
The Prophet Elijah ate beef and bread for three and a half years by the brook of Cherith (1 Kings 17:2-6). Do you know that after he left the brook, he had much more strength to outrun the horses and chariots of King Ahab (1 Kings 18:46). He was faster to run because he had been feeding on the food, that God fed him with at the brook.
You are not different from either Elijah or Jesus (Who lives in you). And as a friend I want to encourage you to keep an eye on your diet. There are still many exploits ahead of us together for the Lord. Do not allow what you are eating to deprive you of your crown of glory before the Lord.
There are still many nations, tribes and peoples that has not yet heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. We must take the gospel to them all. Get yourself ready! God has many things in front of you. Put your body in good health by watching your eating habits. You have a race to win in front of you. You must not fail to run it to the end in a healthy body! That’s why we must be eating healthier, in order to live longer – serving the Lord.
Then as the Lord has promised:
“With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
Psalm 91:16 NKJV