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What God expects from us.
Lets start by knowing what He expects from us in scripture.
Romans 12:1-2
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and
acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your
own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:20
For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
3 John 1:2
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
1 Corinthians 3:17
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Genesis 1:29
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with
seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
I. Healthy Principles
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
We can describe the American diet in one brief phrase: “too much and too little.” It is comprised of too much of things
known to be destructive and too little of the things known to be constructive. We eat too much food and absorb too little
vital nutrition.
Hardly a person alive does not know that drinking Coke and Pepsi is absolutely no good for one’s health. Soft drinks may
indeed be refreshing to the taste, but they fail even to quench one’s thirst! In the end, they actually make one thirstier
than before—and they are diuretics besides!
Twelve ounces of Coke contain the equivalent of twelve teaspoons of white granulated sugar and comes loaded with
caffeine. A dash of phosphoric acid gives it fizz. Phosphoric acid, known to corrode a steel nail in short order, is the
ingredient that makes Coke a good polish for the chrome on one’s car. Does anybody deliberately eat twelve teaspoons of
sugar at one sitting? Yet we will if we get it in a Coke because human nature convinces us it is acceptable presented this
way. It tastes so good!
The so-called diet drinks sweetened by aspartame are even worse. In the body, aspartame first converts to
formaldehyde then to formic acid, which in turn moves the body toward metabolic acidosis. Aspartame (sold under the
brand names Nutrasweet, Equal, etc.) has been found to be disorientating to nerve impulses in the brain, and it is
potentially dangerous for people with blood-sugar problems, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease. It causes dizziness,
headaches, slurred speech, blurred vision, memory loss, depression, joint pain, muscle spasms, and feelings of
aggression, cramps, and vertigo. It even mimics multiple sclerosis and lupus. “But that’s okay,” human nature says,
“because, after all, I am getting such a tiny amount that it can’t possibly hurt. Besides that, we still get the kick from the
caffeine and far fewer calories, so I can stay on my diet and lose weight.”
Benjamin Franklin remarked, “You will observe with concern how long a useful truth is known and exists, before it is
generally received and practiced on.”
II. Good Health
Good health is important. The Kingdom of God may not be meat and drink (Romans 14:17), but there are vitally important
spiritual principles involved in disciplining oneself to produce as good health as possible. God says in Revelation 11:18
that He will “destroy those who destroy the earth.” What kind of signal does it send to God when we abuse or neglect
our bodies, the most fantastic mechanism of all His physical creation?
Life has two aspects, the physical and the spiritual. The spiritual is undoubtedly the more important, but that does not
mean the physical is unimportant. They affect each other. When one suffers, so does the other. When the one improves,
so does the other. These may not be absolute laws, but at least they are true generalities. How often have you said
something similar to, “If I just felt better, I could do more”? When we do not feel good, we are likely to spend more
time thinking about ourselves. This works contrarily to godly love which expresses concern for others. Therein lies one
of good health’s major benefits. It enables one to be better prepared to give godly love.
Leviticus 11:1-47
Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 contain God’s commandment to Israel concerning clean and unclean meats. In these
passages, either He lists specific animals that are clean or unclean, or He provides us with instructions about how to
determine if an animal is clean or unclean. For instance, He tells us specifically that the camel, the hyrax (rock badger),
the hare, and the swine are unclean (Leviticus 11:4-8), but regarding fish He instructs us to determine if a species
possesses both fins and scales (verse 9).
But New Testament Says:
Act 10:11  And he saw the heaven being opened and a certain vessel like a great sheet coming down on him, being bound
by four corners, and let down onto the earth;
Act 10:12  in which were all the four-footed animals of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the creeping things, and the
birds of the heaven.
Act 10:13  And a voice came to him, Rise up, Peter, slay and eat.
III. Maintaining Health
1 Corinthians 6:13-15
Maintaining good physical health is a stewardship responsibility that comes with our calling. We owe this obligation to
our Creator God.
Sin is somewhat like junk food: It may “taste” good to the senses for a while, but before it is through, it will come back
and harm us with its destructive properties. Junk food may taste good going down, but all the while, it is depriving the
body of life-giving nutrients it needs to be truly strong.
In Genesis 1:28, God gave mankind dominion and responsibility to rule over His creation. Our own lives and bodies are
the closest and most specific areas of God’s creation over which we are to rule. In Genesis 2:15, God commands us to
dress and keep His creation, giving us more specific direction in this obligation. To dress and keep means we are to
beautify, enhance, embellish, and improve the raw product, along with maintaining it and inhibiting its decay and
degeneration. In Genesis 4:7, God admonishes Cain—and us in principle—that a desire to go contrary to God’s desires
will always be part of this mix. Sin lies at the door, He warns, but we must master it. In essence, we must stir up the
spirit in us to discipline ourselves. In combining these major principles, we can see that God means our major areas of
operation in His purpose are those closest to us.
We find in taking care of our body’s. If we cannot exactly define what healthy is. But you know the difference between
a rusty piece of iron and a piece of iron that is polished. Take a piece of iron before it has been polished, and hold it up.
It reflects nothing. Now polish it, and hold it up. How brilliant it looks! How God delights to look at it! Now, the
difference between polished iron and iron that is unpolished is the difference between Healthy and not Healthy.
Healthiness makes us cheerful:
A man is that which, when people meet him, makes them happy. A cheerful doctor gives his medicine the moment he steps
inside the room,—he cures you in half the time. And one of these sepulchral doctors, that carries death in his visage,—I
wonder that anybody gets well under his care. A clergyman whose face glows with health, and courage, and hope, and
cheer, has looked consolation into his friend before he has spoken a word. But one of these ministers, whose face is a
perpetual interpretation of Watts’s hymn,— “Hark! from the tomb a doleful sound”—

What God expects from us.

Lets start by knowing what He expects from us in scripture.

Romans 12:1-2

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and

acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the

renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your

own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 Corinthians 6:20

For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 Corinthians 3:16

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

3 John 1:2

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

1 Corinthians 3:17

If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

Genesis 1:29

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with

seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

I. Healthy Principles

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

We can describe the American diet in one brief phrase: “too much and too little.” It is comprised of too much of things

known to be destructive and too little of the things known to be constructive. We eat too much food and absorb too little

vital nutrition.

Hardly a person alive does not know that drinking Coke and Pepsi is absolutely no good for one’s health. Soft drinks may

indeed be refreshing to the taste, but they fail even to quench one’s thirst! In the end, they actually make one thirstier

than before—and they are diuretics besides!

Twelve ounces of Coke contain the equivalent of twelve teaspoons of white granulated sugar and comes loaded with

caffeine. A dash of phosphoric acid gives it fizz. Phosphoric acid, known to corrode a steel nail in short order, is the

ingredient that makes Coke a good polish for the chrome on one’s car. Does anybody deliberately eat twelve teaspoons of

sugar at one sitting? Yet we will if we get it in a Coke because human nature convinces us it is acceptable presented this

way. It tastes so good!

The so-called diet drinks sweetened by aspartame are even worse. In the body, aspartame first converts to

formaldehyde then to formic acid, which in turn moves the body toward metabolic acidosis. Aspartame (sold under the

brand names Nutrasweet, Equal, etc.) has been found to be disorientating to nerve impulses in the brain, and it is

potentially dangerous for people with blood-sugar problems, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease. It causes dizziness,

headaches, slurred speech, blurred vision, memory loss, depression, joint pain, muscle spasms, and feelings of

aggression, cramps, and vertigo. It even mimics multiple sclerosis and lupus. “But that’s okay,” human nature says,

“because, after all, I am getting such a tiny amount that it can’t possibly hurt. Besides that, we still get the kick from the

caffeine and far fewer calories, so I can stay on my diet and lose weight.”

Benjamin Franklin remarked, “You will observe with concern how long a useful truth is known and exists, before it is

generally received and practiced on.”

II. Good Health

Good health is important. The Kingdom of God may not be meat and drink (Romans 14:17), but there are vitally important

spiritual principles involved in disciplining oneself to produce as good health as possible. God says in Revelation 11:18

that He will “destroy those who destroy the earth.” What kind of signal does it send to God when we abuse or neglect

our bodies, the most fantastic mechanism of all His physical creation?

Life has two aspects, the physical and the spiritual. The spiritual is undoubtedly the more important, but that does not

mean the physical is unimportant. They affect each other. When one suffers, so does the other. When the one improves,

so does the other. These may not be absolute laws, but at least they are true generalities. How often have you said

something similar to, “If I just felt better, I could do more”? When we do not feel good, we are likely to spend more

time thinking about ourselves. This works contrarily to godly love which expresses concern for others. Therein lies one

of good health’s major benefits. It enables one to be better prepared to give godly love.

Leviticus 11:1-47

Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 contain God’s commandment to Israel concerning clean and unclean meats. In these

passages, either He lists specific animals that are clean or unclean, or He provides us with instructions about how to

determine if an animal is clean or unclean. For instance, He tells us specifically that the camel, the hyrax (rock badger),

the hare, and the swine are unclean (Leviticus 11:4-8), but regarding fish He instructs us to determine if a species

possesses both fins and scales (verse 9).

But New Testament Says:

Act 10:11  And he saw the heaven being opened and a certain vessel like a great sheet coming down on him, being bound

by four corners, and let down onto the earth;

Act 10:12  in which were all the four-footed animals of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the creeping things, and the

birds of the heaven.

Act 10:13  And a voice came to him, Rise up, Peter, slay and eat.

III. Maintaining Health

1 Corinthians 6:13-15

Maintaining good physical health is a stewardship responsibility that comes with our calling. We owe this obligation to

our Creator God.

Sin is somewhat like junk food: It may “taste” good to the senses for a while, but before it is through, it will come back

and harm us with its destructive properties. Junk food may taste good going down, but all the while, it is depriving the

body of life-giving nutrients it needs to be truly strong.

In Genesis 1:28, God gave mankind dominion and responsibility to rule over His creation. Our own lives and bodies are

the closest and most specific areas of God’s creation over which we are to rule. In Genesis 2:15, God commands us to

dress and keep His creation, giving us more specific direction in this obligation. To dress and keep means we are to

beautify, enhance, embellish, and improve the raw product, along with maintaining it and inhibiting its decay and

degeneration. In Genesis 4:7, God admonishes Cain—and us in principle—that a desire to go contrary to God’s desires

will always be part of this mix. Sin lies at the door, He warns, but we must master it. In essence, we must stir up the

spirit in us to discipline ourselves. In combining these major principles, we can see that God means our major areas of

operation in His purpose are those closest to us.

We find in taking care of our body’s. If we cannot exactly define what healthy is. But you know the difference between

a rusty piece of iron and a piece of iron that is polished. Take a piece of iron before it has been polished, and hold it up.

It reflects nothing. Now polish it, and hold it up. How brilliant it looks! How God delights to look at it! Now, the

difference between polished iron and iron that is unpolished is the difference between Healthy and not Healthy.

Healthiness makes us cheerful:

A man is that which, when people meet him, makes them happy. A cheerful doctor gives his medicine the moment he steps

inside the room,—he cures you in half the time. And one of these sepulchral doctors, that carries death in his visage,—I

wonder that anybody gets well under his care. A clergyman whose face glows with health, and courage, and hope, and

cheer, has looked consolation into his friend before he has spoken a word. But one of these ministers, whose face is a

perpetual interpretation of Watts’s hymn,— “Hark! from the tomb a doleful sound”—

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