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“Be Not Conformed” – Spiritually or Physically?

Tue, Jul. 01, 2014 Posted: 02:04 PM


Being a Christian is awesome! We know where we will spend eternity. We have a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. And, we can’t forget about the wonderful fellowship we get to enjoy when we are around other believers. But, what does the world see?

Christians and non-believers live a similar lifestyle. Sure, most Christians go to church at least once a week, read the scriptures and pray, but in reality, our way of life is often no different than those around us. We have similar vocations, we live in similar neighborhoods, we eat the same foods, and we experience the same illnesses.

Most of us have heard sermons on Romans 12:1-2 emphasizing the necessity of being separated from the world in terms of our spirituality. But, how many times have you heard a message on the real context of this verse?

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

God is telling us as Christians to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. As you look at the church (a group of believers), are they any different physically than the rest of the world? Aren’t the majority of prayer requests in most congregations for healing of parishioners from diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and more? Aren’t these the same ailments that the rest of the world experiences? While we must live in this world, do we have to conform to the world when it comes to our health?

We can be transformed when we renew (re-program) our mind. We must change the way we think and live physically. In order to be transformed physically we must think differently from the world about our bodies. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19). Most of us would never think of desecrating our church building the way we do the ‘real’ temple of the Holy Spirit (our body). We have been deceived by the world system of fake foods, drugs, and medicine.

It was Hippocrates who 400 years before Christ said:

  •  “Let FOOD be thy medicine and medicine thy food.”
  •  “Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”

There were 597,689 deaths resulting from heart disease and 574,743 deaths from cancer in 2010. These diseases impacted Christians and non-Christians the same way and almost all of these diseases were a direct result of the dietary choices these individual made. The innate self-healing that God has placed within each of us cannot function as He designed when we are conformed to the world’s way of eating!

When we transform our minds through study of God’s Word and (even scientific research today) in terms of how we treat the temple of the Holy Spirit (our body), and change our diet to one that is based on the principles of Genesis 1:29 – a whole food, plant-based diet of primarily raw foods, we will absolutely transform our bodies and are able to present them as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.
We become an example of renewed health with a body capable of many years of Christian service. We can actually be God’s “hands and feet” and experience His direction and guidance while living among those who need our help.

We become an example to others. An example others will want to follow. We become representatives of what it truly means to be renewed and not conformed to the world both spiritually and physically. Often times we are told that our genes determine our health and that we have little control. Dan Chesnut, M.D. helps dispel this idea in Lying with Authority: “Genes control everything in our body and they can cause disease when abnormal, but not always! So what controls genes? Nutrition can control genes. For most genes to become active (to be expressed) something in nutrition triggers it, bad or good.”

In most situations we are not destined to experience a specific disease. We experience diseases due to the food choices we make. We can make the choice to renew our mind and care for our temples in a way that honors God and allows us to be an example to others. We don’t have to worry about asking God to heal us, rather, we can walk proudly in the knowledge that since we have taken such good care of our temples, God will reward us with many years of living a life that is free of the fear of getting diseases!

Please, read Romans 12:1-2 again. Then go to Genesis 1:29 and see how God told Adam and Eve to nourish the temples God had entrusted to them. Explore the information available on The Hallelujah Diet website. Honor God by renewing your mind, taking control of your health and have your body become a positive example to your family and friends.

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