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"Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control."-Proverbs 25:28





  • Daily Discipline – Healthy Eating Published July 20, 2010

  • "How To Not Eat Healthy
    The easiest way to not eat healthy is to simply not care what you eat and when you eat. Just eat on instinct. I’m pretty good at this – instinctual eating. Often times, I’m like the dog that will just eat as long as something is in front of it. This is animal instinct eating. You just eat because the food is there.
    Or I’ll eat because I let myself get ‘bored’. When you are bored, you want some variety – something to do. Food is one of the easiest and quickest ways to change your physical state of being. It makes you feel good to eat that ice cream sundae. It feels good to eat that buttery bag of popcorn. It feels good to order that pizza and bread sticks...
    The Two Step Process To Healthy Eating
    Give yourself a reason for eating healthy. For me it is simply this, "I want to live as long as possible, as happy as possible, and able to bring as much energy and value to others as possible.” This compelling reason is the driving force for why you are doing this. It’s like the compass that tells you which direction to go. Follow this reason and think about it daily....

  • Healthy Eating for a Healthy Life, by michael on Fri, 04/13/2007 - 23:44

  • "I fully believe in divine healing through Jesus Christ. God can and does do miracles when we believe. But we should not tempt the Lord by living such a life as is guaranteed to destroy our health over time.
    It is God's will for us to be in health (3 John 2), but many people are their own worst enemies in this respect.
    Most killer diseases like cancer and heart disease as well as many other serious maladies are brought on in large measure by the body's inability to cope with the huge amounts of TOXINS - poisons - that we accumulate over the years through unhealthy foods, exposure to a toxic environment, and unhealthy life practices. Cells start to go awry when they can't get their proper clean environment and the vital nutritients they need. God made us fairly resilient but after enough abuse even the best systems can break down.
    If we are poisoning and destroying our bodies on a daily basis, should we be surprised if we are not always well? Christians have been almost as bad as unbelievers in general in this respect, sometimes worse. Yes, we recognise that excessive alcohol consumption is extremely bad, that cigarette smoking and other drugs of abuse are very bad for us, but at the same time many of us regularly do so many things that damage our body's immune system and ultimately destroy our health.
    In simple terms, many of us eat too much, eat the wrong stuff, don't exercise enough and don't fast enough. When you add stress, fear and unforgiveness you have a perfect recipe for a short and miserable life on God's earth.
    One can read many books on the subject of healthy living, nutrition and so forth, and much of it will be helpful. Some of these books mix in unbiblical spiritual teachings in with some truth, and we can live without these books. But this does not negate that there is truth and wisdom in a lot of the literature on healthy living and nutrition. I believe that it is not possible to act foolishly in these matters and still obey the Word of God which says, "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the Glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31). "Whatever is not of faith is sin" (Romans 14:23). If you shorten your life by 10 or 20 years through disobeying God's laws of life and health, and by your example teach others to do so, have you not seriously fallen short of the mark to which God calls us? The Word of God says, "Do not follow a crowd in doing wrong".
    At the same side I would say we should not be fanatical with any of these teachings on health food. God's Word says, "Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be strengthened with grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them". (Hebrews 13:9).
    While this verse has many meanings it surely means that it is possible to have an unhealthy fascination with diet, and become so "religious" about our eating that we miss the really important issues relating to God's work in our hearts.
    So what are the main things we should take note of?
    1. God made things in a good way. To the extent that we process and re-arrange food, we usually do some damage. Eating a modest amount of raw and unprocessed food from a variety of food groups will do us a lot of good. You say you love processed food? Do not let a desire (lust) of the flesh master you. If you fill your belly with poor food, you will toxify your body and squeeze out that which is good.
    2. Do at least a little exercise every day - even if its just going for a walk. More exercise will increase your energy levels and help the body to burn up all food and eliminate more toxins. A totally sedentary lifestyle is not good for health.
    3. Drink plenty of water (preferably purified water). If we drink fruit juice all the time, as I did, it messes with your mood. Tea and coffee might be ok on occasions, but they are basically toxic and should not be part of your regular lifestyle. Some doctors believe, not without cause, that most of our diseases are related to dehydration. We should therefore drink plenty of water - like 1 litre a day at least, to avoid dehydration and have a cleaner system. At the same time, if you eat natural salt like "celtic salt" you will provide your body with a lot of valuable elements and help the insides of your body to hydrate properly. Coffee actually dehydrates you - that is why it makes you go often to the toilet. It helps you stay awake by introducing a kind of poison into your system which your nervous system must eliminate. Do not rely on caffeine for energy - it is like buliding up a big credit card debt because you don't know of any other way to pay for things.
    4. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Don't substitute tinned varieties on a regular basis. In the Bible, milk, grains and meats are also recommended. But the fat of the animals was not to be consumed - it was to be burned as an offering to the Lord. Take note that Jesus ate fish and called fishermen to follow him and helped them catch fish - therefore Jesus was not and is not a vegetarian or a vegan. God also told the priests to eat of the sacrifices - beef, lamb were therefore on God's menu. But in those days there would have not been as many accumulated toxins in those meats. So be careful about eating too much meat nowadays - a lot of it is loaded with toxins.
    5. Fast regularly.
    You will accumulate toxins from the environment and even from some of the foods mentioned above. Therefore, it is vital to fast on occasions. This should be done both for health reasons and for spiritual reasons. During fasts you will get in touch with the spiritual realm more and have an opportunity to say no to the devil and yes to God in a very meaningful way. At the same time, your body will be working to burn up all useless and toxic substances.
    You can read more about fasting on this site.
    6. Don't rush to pop pills.
    A lot of the medications given by doctors have side effects. Take them as a last resort. I used to think that it was pretty safe to take an antibiotic each and every time there was some bacterial infection. But antibiotics kill good and bad microbes in our systems, and they don't affect viruses or yeasts. Without the good microbes in our gut, digestion will be impaired and yeast can get out of control. If yeast like candida gets out of control it can fill our bodies with toxins, make us tired and sore, and most doctors will refer us to psychiatrists to help manage the symptoms. The pharma industry is not all good - definitely greed is a big factor and it often works to the detriment of the people. So try to get well through lifestyle changes and detoxification and by meditation on the Word of God. Don't just run for a quick fix through a pill. I don't say its a sin to take a pill but we have to be careful that we are walking in wisdom and not just "managing" symptoms while we create new problems."

    *see Ministry: Healing



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    "...The story finally comes full circle as we watch Dre be molded from a skinny, wimpy kid into a confident, respectful and well toned athlete. Dre learns that Kung Fu is a way of life, not just a martial art. That being still and doing nothing are two very different things. There is a time to act and a time to step away. He learns it is not enough just to know the moves and beat an adversary, one must know it is not a matter of win or lose, it is to live respectfully, control oneself and not others, and to treat others with the honor and decency you would expect back from them. ...
    Being Still and Doing Nothing Are Two Different Things (The Karate Kid) June 24, 2010
    "Be still, and know that I am God…"

    He IS in control and you can rest in Him! May you know His peace and be filled to overflowing with it!...
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    "Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control."-1 Corinthians 7

    Self Control Support Group - Today's Christian Videos

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    Catherine Hilton - Self Control

    "A Christian song about how the Bible delivers, sanctifies, and purifies the mind from all of the ills and addictions of society. Only through Jesus Christ can true healing, peace, deliverance, and salvation come! We say, quot;Come Lord Jesus, Come!quot;"


    The Fruit Of Gentleness & Self Control

    "Understanding the difference between meekness and weakness; how God can enable us to harness our desires, live by godly values, and make wise decisions (based on Gal. 5:23 and other passages)"



    Titus 2 Doing Good for the Sake of the Gospel

    " 1 You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
    3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
    6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
    9 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
    11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
    15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you. "

    "Confirming One’s Calling and Election

    3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. "


    Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons (1 Timothy 3

    " 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. "

    Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good - 1 Titus 1

    5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint[a] elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe[b] and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.


    -End Times

    " 1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

    6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone. "-2 Timothy 3

    " 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. "-Galatians 5

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