Striving for Health in the Dieting Wilderness

thHSB5SKZH“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”      (John 3: 1,2)

John the Baptist was born specifically for one purpose: to proclaim the coming of the Lord. He knew the way to Salvation and proclaimed that Truth to anyone who would listen.

But not many listened, preferring to live as they always had. Few turned away from their destructive path to find real JOY,  preferring to wallow in the destructive or apathetic lifestyle they had chosen, content to be spiritually sick.. They fail to reach out to the Great Physician for eternal life.

 “But when Jesus heard that, he said to them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.”   (Matthew 9:12)

 

Now I don’t claim to know all the answers to health problems. As a nutritional counselor, I believe I speak for many in the healthcare profession who have felt like John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness. We know the True Way to a healthier lifestyle and we CAN get you there but who listens!

Many follow false diets rather than health-sustaining truth! It is indeed frustrating to see our friends preferring the depraved lifestyle of nutrient-depleting sodas, processed ingredients and unhealthy fast food rather than nutritious whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean protein. They’ll follow fad diet gurus instead of searching for physiological Biblical truth!

Reach out for solid, life-giving truth and you too can attain youthful energy, clear thinking and abundant life! But who’s listening? Similarly, accepting salvation must come from within the heart to be TRUE salvation. Do you truly desire to change?

Most prefer not to. 1/3 of Americans are obese and nearly 2/3’s of us are overweight! Why? Because sadly, the cost of becoming healthier to them isn’t worth the lifestyle sacrifice to get there:

  1. Some consider themselves victims. “Circumstances made them this way.” They whine,”It’s too hard” – unplugging their Christian power source.  “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
  2. They have made a golden idol out of food!!!   “Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.” (Philippians 3:19)
  3. They are unteachable because they “know everything” already!  After all, “I read in a magazine once . . .”  or “Dr. Oz spoke about this on his television show . . .” makes them experts now. “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:22)
  4. They are content to wallow in the lifestyle they have chosen, for after all, their bodies are only temporary – what difference does it make? “LET’S LIVE IT UP!”   “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;  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20)
  5. They aren’t health knowledgeable. They need someone to teach them truth. “How can people have faith in the Lord and ask him to save them, if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear, unless someone tells them?”  (Romans 10:14 ) As a health  professional, I pray I’ll never be apathetic about proclaiming truth.      

Try posting any appropriate Bible verses around the house for motivation.

As Christians, shouldn’t we confess and trust Christ to take away ALL our sins, even gluttony and lack of control???

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13 thoughts on “Striving for Health in the Dieting Wilderness

  1. Ellie, I’d like to re-post this on my blog as well. I read Steve’s blog regularly and saw this on his blog, so I came to visit. I lost 54 pounds this past summer reading a book a friend at church gave me called, Eat to Live.” You’re probably familiar with it. Since then I have put a few of those pounds back on, but I’m determined to get back to my weight goal of 185. I have grown accustomed to the things I’m eating now and avoiding dairy, pasta, most all meats. And I’m walking 3-5 miles most days of the week. All that to say this: Staying in God’s word and studying it has been the key to my success. I could not have achieved my goal without Him. I am grateful every day that He was not only my Great Physician, but also my Nutrition Counselor as well. Thanks for these great thoughts. I hope lots of people read them. God bless.

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    • Well done Steven! What determination in your quest for health! I’d be honored if you re-post this. My ministry is based on 2 Corinthians 5:17, encouraging others to become a New Creation.in Christ, striving for excellence not perfection. You would help me reach those who are searching for real healthy, Spiritual Truth, not “what their itchy ears want to hear.” I remember 1 Corinthians 10:23 and eat sensibly (which you are doing now.)

      Only God can change hearts, giving them the desire to be what the Holy Spirit wants them to be for our Lord. I hope you”ll have time to search around and see how my blog stresses the entire mental, physical and physiological correlation of Christianity and why we eat. By the way, my book, “Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese . . .” (Nutritional and Life Lessons God Teaches Us) covers these topics in three individual sections. Thank you for your kindness and blessings back to you,

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  2. Saw this from Steve Rebus’s re-post. Good insights and scriptural encouragement. Amen. There is so much good information available on living a healthy, disease-free, cancer-free lifestyle today (without the punitive feeling of dieting) that there’s really no good excuse. But it does require renewing our taste buds and habits, and renewing our mindset, just as we are to do so in Christ. God wonderfully made our body to heal itself if we will give it a chance.
    Blessings.

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    • Thank you Mel, so kind of you to comment. True, there’s no instant gratification – it’s a process of renewal as you’ve stated. There is so much correlation between Scripture and good health. It’s one reason why I enjoy being a counselor. We must renew our minds, stop making food our Asherah pole, allow God to discipline our life and so on. It seems many have a great deal of “head knowledge” but not heart knowledge. Everyone knows WHAT to do but fail to do it!. (James 2:19) It’s the challenge of finding out the why that’s intriguing. Blessings back,

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  3. I love the analogies you used here Ellie, especially the one correlating bad food to the golden idol. Fantastic post as always, health and Godliness. 🙂 ❤

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