I have a friend who jokingly casts the calories out of the Pizza before digging into double cheese and pepperoni!
We still laugh…….but not so hard now…… as we have grown to realize the lack of integrity in our body of Christ!
The key scripture we cite at our FREEDOM! retreat is 1 Thess. 5:23,24 ” May God himself the God of peace, sanctify (marry) you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept sound at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.”
Yes, “He will do it”, but He also tells us it is our responsibility to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil.2:12) Integrity is about integrating these three parts of our life – spirit, soul and body as having equal value. Our relationship with God comes first then our relationship with others, and then our relationship with this physical world which was declared ‘good’ by God at creation. We are equally responsible for all three.
If we are merely praying for supernatural healing of an arthritic knee in someone who is 350 lbs or for the healing of cancer in someone who will not forgive their mother we are living out of balance and without integrity.
I talked about how Ortho-miracular healing is the result of simply doing the next loving thing, but that needs to be toward God, toward my neighbor and toward my own body.
The last one is particularly challenging as we now live in a world that has become a toxic sludge through greed empowered by science. 1 million plastic bottles discarded every minute contributing to a plastic island the size of Texas in the Pacific ocean graphically illustrates how dire things have become on the surface of our oceans, the growing Alzheimers epidemic how dire things have become in the depths of our brains.
We are encountering more and more people who are becoming aware of this……..and wanting to talk to us about going this ‘road less travelled’ to take steps to ‘naturally’ heal themselves and others. Steps on the road is a good metaphor as (intense) exercise is also an essential part of this way…….as my old rugby coach used to say, “No Pain, No Gain”
The other night Father lead me to the biblical foundation of Ortho-molecular-miracular healing in Psalm 103:5 (KJV)
“Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
I believe this refers to what comes out of our mouths in the way of wholesome life-giving confession and conversation and also to do with what goes into our mouths in the way of life- giving ‘real’ food and drink that God has provided in creation.
As we have sought to go ‘Back to Eden” for our health, Father has graciously taught us how to live well in His world with what He has given (like this morning’s breakfast – ‘before and after’ shots above!)
I am glad to report that Hilary and I are in quite good health for our age. Ironically as we have paid the cost in time, money and effort to choose to live this way we have been unable to afford to pay premiums under the “Affordable Care Act” However we aren’t concerned. It is years since we have felt the need to visit the doctor, and are happy to report that our double blind (faith) clinical trial has proven (to us at least) that Opapacare is far superior to Obamacare.
People who haven’t seen us for a while frequently say, “You don’t look a day older!” Papa’s promise is even better than that…...thy youth – renewed like the eagle’s : – )
As I finished this blog and walked out of the study I noticed a book our grandson Ravi had set on the hall table. His Dad has been training him in healthy living. I’ve mentioned before how George is our heavenly Father’s name (John 15:1 “my Father is – “georgos” The Greek word from which we get the English name George)
Thank you Father for confirming the timeliness of this blog : – )
Our (budget) Breakfast smoothie.
Already in the blender:
Avocado (bought with 47 others at Aldi’s when 89 cents and kept in fridge)
Donated coconut milk (after ‘best before’ date but still OK)
Still to come, from the left:
Raw Milk Kefir (We are a ‘drop off’ point for the farm for this ‘vilified’ healthy drink which cannot be bought retail in Minnesota!)
Chia seeds (Costco bulk)
Dr Mercola’s protein powder (bought on sale)
Organic berries (Costco bulk buy)
Cacao nibs (Thrive market sale – best price)
Pumpkin seeds and Pecan nuts….. both soaked and then dehydrated to improve taste and nutrient absorption.
Oh yes, and the topping? A few Ningxia berries from Young Living
Thank you Barry for writing to ask after last week’s blog “Did you meet them?” meaning Joe and Sue who had called while we were out. Well yes, last Sunday they came to the Twin Cities again and this time we were at home and had a beautiful time of sharing about Joe’s healing, rejoicing crying and praying together.
They brought another story that was a great encouragement. Their son Joey as a ten year old was the one who provoked them to make the long journey to our house. One Sunday on leaving he turned to them and said, “If you had all the money of Donald Trump, you still wouldn’t have the peace that is in that house!” This was years before ‘THE Donald’ had risen to his current political prominence!….and so we eagerly anticipate the coming reign of “THE Prince of Peace”.……for “of the increase of His government and peace – there will be no end!” (Is.9:7)