“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. . . .”
Our Future And Success In Life Depends On Foundations
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house: and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. . . . .
“And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
Success or failure in almost every area of life depends upon foundations! In this Health Tip I want to look at the two most important foundations one can lay: One is a spiritual foundation and the other a physical foundation.
This Health Tip will help you to evaluate if your foundations in each area are on solid ground or shifting sand.
Because I want everyone who attends my seminars to be successful in all areas of life, I often begin my seminars by quoting the above scriptures regarding foundations.
Then I point out that there are two areas of life where proper foundations are extremely important – one of these foundations deals with the physical and the other deals with the spiritual, with the spiritual being of greatest importance.
Now concerning the spiritual foundation, the Bible tells us the choices are extremely limited. To learn just how limited these spiritual foundation choices are we will turn to the Bible:
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid which is Jesus Christ. . . . .”
(I Corinthians 3:10)
Why do I say this spiritual foundation is of greatest importance? Because this foundation not only effects this life, but life after death as well. And if we do not have the proper spiritual foundation, everything else in life will be for naught.
Observe what Jesus had to say about the importance of this foundation:
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul: Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
I am so thankful that on May 29, 1957, at the age of 23, at a Billy Graham Crusade Rally in Madison Square Garden in New York City, I asked Jesus Christ to come into my heart, forgive me for my sins, and receive me as His child. On that evening it was Jesus that became the foundation of my spiritual life.
Before laying that foundation, my life regarding the spiritual was very confusing. Oh, I had grown up in church, went to Sunday School faithfully, was baptized and joined the church, and tried to live a good life – but that evening I learned that “we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags . . .” and that I needed Jesus.
The decision to make Jesus Christ the foundation of my spiritual life that evening has affected my life and the direction of my life for the past 54 years. Sadly, many people today do not have this spiritual foundation and in many instances our youth are being prevented from even learning of this foundation.
Prayer and Bible reading have been taken out of our schools and secularism is being taught in its place in most grade schools and especially at college and university levels — and we are paying a heavy price. As Jesus Christ is removed from our society, He is being replaced with money, entertainment, drugs, crime, and a “me first” mentality.
In my seminars I share that accepting Jesus Christ as our spiritual foundation and building our life upon and around Him is far more important than even what we eat or how long we live.
Why? Because we can eat the healthiest diet in all the world and live to that Biblical potential of 120 years as Genesis 6:3 tells us is achievable, but if we die without Jesus Christ, we will miss not only God’s very best for this life but also for the life that follows death.
After laying the proper spiritual foundation, the next most important foundation we must lay in order to enjoy life is concerning the physical. Why? Because if we do not properly nourish these physical bodies we each possess, no matter how spiritual we are, our time on this earth will be limited, and not be a very healthy, productive, or happy experience.
Concerning the physical, here is what the Bible has to say:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your BODIES a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world . . . .”
(Romans 12:1-2) (See also I Corinthians 3:16-19, 6:19-20)
In raising our children, I believe the single most important thing we need to do in order for them to have a successful and happy life is first to tell them about Jesus and encourage them at the earliest age possible to accept Jesus Christ as their own personal Saviour. This establishes their spiritual foundation for not only this life but for all eternity.
Once our children have laid this most important of all foundations, I believe the next most important thing we need to teach them is how to properly nourish their physical bodies so that they can live on this earth in health, enjoy life, and serve Jesus as well as their fellow man to a ripe old age.
No parent wants their child to experience a heart attack, stroke, cancer, or diabetes — or you name it. Yet, if we do not establish in them the proper foundation concerning what they should eat and drink, they WILL experience these horrible physical problems. You can count on it!
The Bible tells us that what we sow we are going to reap in Galatians 6:7.
That is one of the reasons the Bible says we should “Train up a child in the way he should go . . . .” (Proverbs 22:6)
To prevent these physical breakdowns from occurring, it is imperative that we teach our children from the earliest age possible, what that proper physical foundation is.
Thankfully, God gives us very clear instructions in Genesis 1:29 as to what that foundation is, not only our children but for us adults as well. And by the way, it is imperative that parents set the example in this, because what we do speaks far louder than anything we say.
In fact, if the parents do not set the example in the proper nourishment of their bodies, they can’t expect their children to nourish their bodies any better than their example. For a healthy physical life, God tells us what that foundation is:
“AND GOD SAID, Behold,, I have given you every herb (VEGETABLE) bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the FRUIT of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat (FOOD).
This is the diet that sustained Adam and Eve in the garden, and continued to sustain mankind for the next 1,700 years following man’s expulsion from the garden; right up until the flood that destroyed all plant foods.
It was only after all garden foods had been destroyed by the flood that God allowed man to deviate from that original 100% plant food diet. I personally believe that deviation was allowed by God only for survival purposes.
And what was that deviation?
God allowed man to get the taste of animal flesh. (See Genesis 9:3)
Sadly, once man got the taste of animal flesh, Satan used that flesh to tempt man to leave God’s Original Genesis 1:29 Diet in an ever increasing way. Interestingly, it was only after man began to consume the flesh of animals and cook his food, that physical breakdown began to occur.
Ever since that initial deviation from God’s original diet, Satan has used not only animal flesh, the number one cause of physical breakdown to this day, but also refined sugar, the second most dangerous of all foods, to destroy these God created physical bodies which the body refers to as “The temple of the Holy Ghost” (See I Corinthians 6:19).
Since that original deviation in Genesis 9:3, Satan has used many other non-foods to entice man to deviate ever further from God’s original intent as to what God intended proper nourishment for the human physical body to be. I call this deviation from God’s Original Diet . . . .
Satan’s Alternative Diet (SAD)
For the rest of this Health Tip and no doubt a future Health Tip on this subject, I want us to compare the composition of God’s Original Diet, the diet God told us we should consume in Genesis 1:29 for the proper nourishment of our physical bodies, with the diet most Americans are consuming today.
God’s Original Genesis 1:29 Diet consisted of 100% plant sourced foods, with ZERO refined and processed foods, and ZERO dairy and animal products, all in their uncooked form.
God’s Original Diet provides the body with approximately 10% calories from protein (all plant protein), 20% fat (all from plant sources), and 70% unrefined carbohydrates, (all from plant sources).
God’s Original Diet consisted 100% of the foods grown in the ground and coming from the plants in the garden.
Satan’s Alternative Diet (SAD), by contrast, consists of approximately 7% fruits and vegetables, 51% refined and processed foods, and 42% dairy and animal products, almost all being consumed in their cooked form.
Satan’s Alternative Diet provides the body with 14 to 18% calories from protein (mostly animal protein), 34 to 38% from fat (mostly animal fat), and less than 50% from refined carbohydrates.
What Has Satan’s Alternative Diet Produced?
In last week’s Health Tip, I provided a list showing the horrible health of the American people, the vast majority of them consuming the SAD diet. Following is that list:
- Cardiovascular diseases affect 80% of all Americans
- 26 million Americans suffer with diabetes. (In addition, an estimated 79 million U.S. adults have pre-diabetes)
- 77% of the adult population sufferers from arthritis or rheumatic disorders
- Over 25 million Americans suffer from asthma, bronchitis or emphysema
- 16 million suffer from ulcers
- 10 million are migraine sufferers
- Over 50% suffer chronic digestive disorders
- 80 million suffer from allergies
- 22 million suffer mental illness
- 98% of our population has bad teeth, and 31 million have no teeth at all
- Some 70% are overweight and 80 million are classified as obese
- 90% of our children cannot pass a minimum physical fitness test
Almost every one of the physical breakdowns listed, and almost every one of the psychological breakdowns being experienced today are the result of consuming Satan’s Alternative Diet (SAD).
Sadly we live in a day where we are not taught to associate our physical problems with what we eat.
Rather, in most instances in the Christian community, we are taught that we can eat anything we want if we ask God to bless it, and it is Satan who is responsible our illnesses. Or perhaps it is God using these illnesses to punish us.
And in both Christian and non-Christian communities we are led to believe these physical and psychological breakdowns are the result of bad genes or bad germs or bad viruses or bacteria or…
Sadly, most Christians fail to realize that they are the ones responsible for almost every physical problem they experience. (See Galatians 6:7)
Yet neither the Christian nor non-Christian community wants to acknowledge the possibility that these physical breakdowns are caused by the rotten diet they are consuming or their failure to exercise their bodies.
And how do most Christians deal with their physical breakdowns?
First it is usually prayers to God asking Him to remove the breakdown. Next it is to the doctor whom they expect to remove the physical breakdown. And what is the result of all these efforts? Most continue to experience ill health while their health continues to decline.
Friends, there is a better way than the World’s Way of eliminating physical and psychological problems, and that better way is “God’s Way”. God makes that way to obtaining physical health abundantly clear in Genesis 1:29, through a simple diet and lifestyle change.
If we will but stop consuming Satan’s Alternative Diet (SAD) and start consuming God’s Genesis 1:29 Diet foods, most of our physical and psychological problems will simply go away and we won’t get sick anymore.
Results Produced Going The Genesis 1:29 Diet Way
To get an idea of what can happen and what a person can experience when they make the diet change from Satan’s Alternative Diet (SAD) to God’s Original Diet (GOD), I invite you to visit the testimonies section of our website. Here you will find testimonies from thousands of people who explain in their own words the results they experienced after making this simple diet change.
Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high, we will take a long look at some of the physical and psychological problems being experienced today and show what foods in the SAD are causing these problems.
Then we will show how to rid our bodies of these same breakdowns through simple diet and lifestyle change, and without asking God’s help through prayer or the help of doctors or drugs.
God did not design us to be sick nor is it His will that we be sick, rather He tells us His desire in 3 John 2…
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”