Man was the crowning act of the creation of God,
made in the image of God, and designed to be a counterpart of God....
Man is very dear to God, because he was formed in his own image.
This fact should impress us with the importance of teaching
by precept and example the sin of defiling,
by the indulgence of appetite or by any other sinful practise,
the body which is designed to represent God to the world.
—The Review and Herald, June 18, 1895.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much:
and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
Luke 16:10 KJV
As they more fully understand the human body,
the wonderful work of God's hand, formed in the image of the divine,
they will seek to bring their bodies into subjection
to the noble powers of the mind.
The body will be regarded by them as a wonderful structure,
formed by the Infinite Designer,
and given into their charge to be kept in harmonious action.
—The Health Reformer, September 1, 1871.
Our very bodies are not our own,
to treat as we please, to cripple by habits that lead to decay,
making it impossible to render to God perfect service.
Our lives and all our faculties belong to him.
He is caring for us every moment; he keeps the living machinery in action;
if we were left to run it for one moment, we should die.
We are absolutely dependent upon God.
—Unpublished Testimonies, October 12, 1896.
It was a wonderful thing for God to create man, to make mind.
He created him that every faculty might be
the faculty of the divine mind.
The glory of God is to be revealed
in the creating of man in God's image, and in his redemption.
One soul is of more value than a world.
The Lord Jesus is the author of our being,
and he is also the author of our redemption;
and every one who will enter the kingdom of God
must develop a character that is
the counterpart of the character of God.
None can dwell with God in a holy heaven
but those who bear his likeness.
Those who are redeemed will be overcomers;
they will be elevated, pure,
one with Christ.
—The Signs of the Times, May 31, 1896.
Satan is the originator of disease....
There is a divinely appointed connection between sin and disease....
Sin and disease bear to each other the relationship of
cause and effect.
Disease never comes without a cause.
The way is first prepared, and disease invited by disregarding the laws of health.
The majority of diseases which the human family have been and are still suffering under,
have been created by ignorance of their own organic law.
The free use of sugar in any form tends to clog the system, and is not unfrequently a cause of disease.
The liability to take disease is increased tenfold by meat eating.
The eating of flesh meats has made a poor quality of blood and flesh. Your systems are in a state of inflammation, prepared to take on disease. You are liable to acute attacks of disease, and to sudden death, because you do not possess the strength of constitution to rally and resist disease.
When we feed on flesh, the juices of what we eat pass into the circulation. A feverish condition is created, because the animals are diseased, and by partaking of their flesh, we plant the seeds of disease in our own tissue and blood. Then, when exposed to the changes in a malarious atmosphere, to prevailing epidemics and contagious diseases, these are more sensibly felt, for the system is not in a condition to resist disease.
Rich and complicated mixtures of food are health destroying. Highly seasoned meats and rich pastry are wearing out the digestive organs.
Simple grains, fruits, and vegetables have all the nutrient properties necessary to make good blood. This a flesh diet cannot do.
The human body may be compared to nicely adjusted machinery, which needs care to keep it in running order. One part should not be subjected to constant wear and pressure, while another part is rusting from inaction. While the mind is taxed, the muscles also should have their proportion of exercise. Every person should learn how many hours may be spent in study, and how much time should be given to physical exercise.
Morning exercise, in walking in the free, invigorating air of heaven, or cultivating flowers, small fruits, and vegetables, is necessary to a healthful circulation of the blood. It is the surest safeguard against colds, coughs, congestions of the brain and lungs, inflammation of the liver, the kidneys, and the lungs, and a hundred other diseases.
If anything is needed to quench thirst, pure water, drunk some little time before or after a meal, is all that nature requires.... Water is the best liquid possible to cleanse the tissues.
Taken with meals, water diminishes the flow of the salivary glands; and the colder the water the greater the injury to the stomach. Ice water, drunk with meals, will arrest digestion until the system has imparted sufficient warmth to the stomach to enable it to take up its work again.
If you feel that you must eat at night, take a drink of cold water, and in the morning you will feel much better for not having eaten.
This is one of nature’s most healing agents.
If you would have your homes sweet and inviting, make them bright with air and sunshine, remove your heavy curtains, open the windows, throw back the blinds, and enjoy the rich sunlight, even if it be at the expense of the colours of your carpets.
Every room in our dwellings should be daily thrown open to the healthful rays of the sun, and the purifying air should be invited in. This will be a preventive of disease.
Exercise, and a free and abundant use of the air and sunlight, ... would give life and strength to the emaciated.
Indulging in eating too frequently, and in too large quantities, overtaxes the digestive organs, and produces a feverish state of the system. The blood becomes impure, and then diseases of various kinds occur.
And the dyspeptic—what has made him dyspeptic is taking this course. Instead of observing regularity, he has let appetite control him, and has eaten between meals.
Scanty, impoverished, ill-cooked food is constantly depraving the blood, by weakening the bloodmaking organs.
Women especially are the victims of various maladies which might be lessened, if not entirely prevented, by right habits of life. Half their sufferings may be attributed to their manner of dress, and the insane desire to conform to the fashions of the world.
The effects produced by living in close, ill-ventilated rooms are these: The system becomes weak and unhealthy, the circulation is depressed, the blood moves sluggishly through the system because it is not purified and vitalized by the pure, invigorating air of heaven. The mind becomes depressed and gloomy, while the whole system is enervated; and fevers and other acute diseases are liable to be generated.... The system is peculiarly sensitive to the influence of cold. A slight exposure produces serious diseases.
Stomach, liver, lungs, and brain are suffering for want of deep, full inspirations of air.
Nature will restore their vigor and strength in their sleeping hours, if her laws are not violated.
Those who make great exertions to accomplish just so much work in a given time, and continue to labor when their judgment tells them they should rest, are never gainers. They are living on borrowed capital. They are expending the vital force which they will need at a future time. And when the energy they have so recklessly used, is demanded, they fail for want of it. If all the hours of the day are well improved, the work extended into the evening is so much extra, and the overtaxed system will suffer from the burden imposed upon it. Those who do this often lose much more than they gain, for their energies are exhausted, and they labor on nervous excitement. They may not realize any immediate injury, but they are surely undermining their constitution.
Trust in God
God designed that the living machinery should be in daily activity; for in this activity or motion is its preserving power.
Healthy, active exercise is what you need. This will invigorate the mind.
The proper use of their physical strength, as well as of the mental powers, will equalize the circulation of the blood, and keep every organ of the living machinery in running order.
The burden of sin,
with its unrest and unsatisfied desires,
lies at the very foundation of a large share of the maladies the sinner suffers.
Let all examine their own hearts,
to see if they are not cherishing that which is a positive injury to them,
and in the place of opening the door of the heart to let Jesus,
the Sun of Righteousness, in, are complaining of the dearth of the Spirit of God.
Let these search for their idols, and cast them out.
Let them cut away from every unhealthful indulgence in eating and drinking.
Let them bring their daily practise into harmony with nature’s laws.
By doing, as well as believing,
an atmosphere will be created about the soul that will be
a savor of life unto life.
* the content of this post (excluding the Scripture image) are all excerpts from the book 'Healthful Living' (read more)
We have seen that the power abiding in the word of God is sufficient, only upon the speaking of that word, to create worlds. It is likewise sufficient, now that it is spoken to men, to create anew, in Christ Jesus, every one who receives it.
In the eighth chapter of Matthew it is related that a centurion came to Jesus, “beseeching him, and saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. ... And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.”
Now what was it that the centurion expected would heal His servant? It was “the word only,” which Jesus would speak. And after the word was spoken, what did the centurion depend upon—to what did he look for the healing power? It was “the word only.” He did not look for the Lord to do it in some ways apart from the word. No. He heard the word, “So be it done unto thee.” He accepted that word as it is in truth the word of God and expected it, depended upon it, to accomplish that which it said. And it was so. And that word is the word of God today as certainly as in the day that it was originally spoken. It has lost none of its power, for that word “liveth and abideth forever.”
Again in John 4:46-52 it is related how a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum came to Jesus at Cana of Galilee and “besought him that he would come down and heal his son; for he was at the point of death. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth.”
This is the power of the word of God to the man who receives it as it is in truth the word of God. This is the power that “effectually worketh also in you that believe.” This is the way that the word of God accomplishes that which He pleases, in those who will receive it and let it dwell in them. Notice that in both instances the thing was accomplished at the very time when the word was spoken. Notice also that the sick ones were not in the immediate presence of Jesus but some distance away—the latter was at least a day’s journey away from where Jesus was spoken to by the nobleman. Yet he was healed at once when the word was spoken. And that word is living and full of power today, as certainly as it was that day, to every one who receives it as was done that day. It is faith to accept that word as the word of God and to depend upon it to accomplish the thing that it says. For of the centurion when he said, “Speak the word only and my servant shall be healed,” Jesus said to them that stood around, “I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” Let Him find it now everywhere in Israel.
Jesus says to every one of us, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” It is through the word that this cleansing is wrought. The Lord does not propose to cleanse you in any way apart from His word, but through the word which He has spoken. There and there alone are you to look for the cleansing power, receiving it as it is in truth the word of God which effectually worketh in you and accomplishes that which He pleases. He does not propose to make you pure except by the power and indwelling of His pure words.
A leper said to Jesus, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.” And Jesus answered Him, “I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Are you mourning under the leprosy of sin? Have you said or will you now say, “Lord,if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean”? The answer is now to you, “I will; be thou clean.” And “immediately” you are cleansed as certainly as was that other leper. Believe the word, and praise the Lord for its cleansing power. Do not believe for that leper away back there; believe it for yourself here, now, immediately. For the word is to you now, “Be thou clean.” Accept it as did those of old and immediately it worketh effectually in you the good pleasure of the Father.
Let all who have named the name of Christ receive His word today as it is in truth the word of God, depending upon that word to do what the word says. Then as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it, “that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish,” even so it will be now to the glory of God.
Excerpt: 'The Power of the Word-II' by A.T. Jones; Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, Oct. 27, 1896
Resource: 'Lessons on Faith' - A.T. Jones & E.J. Waggoner; pg. 113-115 (pdf & audio)
Testimony ~ chef lani sret
To affect change, by the grace of God, believe and claim the promises in His Word.
🍞 KJV Mark 11:24
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
🍞 2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
On February 11th 2018, I bowed in repentance and with a contrite heart before my God.
Uplifting my tearful plead for forgiveness and intense petition to be a vessel meet for His purpose, I prayed with thankfulness for opening my eyes to the truth.
I was unaware of the path God had now set my feet upon 👣 Praise the Lord!
Not only, as the verse says, “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”, but He has given me new desires of my heart. [Ps 37:4]
From one who before had absolutely no interest in time invested in cooking, from one who was bound by seemingly unconquerable attachments to particular foods, from one who though knowing the truth would indulge my lower passions and give in to appetite rather than exercise strength of will and control by exercising higher powers. From this such one.. comes this blog 💞 glory to God!
Through this blog I hope to share the journey that God takes me on in exploring the ‘science above all other sciences’ - cooking! [MM270.6]
As He leads me into new heights of health exploration, I pray you can join in to partake of the blessings also.
And it is my prayer that He leads you in the most monumental blessings that make up the testimony of your own experience 🙏
🍞 KJV Mark 11:22,23
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
📚 It is for our own benefit to keep every gift of God fresh in our memory. Thus faith is strengthened to claim and to receive more and more. There is greater encouragement for us in the least blessing we ourselves receive from God than in all the accounts we can read of the faith and experience of others. The soul that responds to the grace of God shall be like a watered garden. His health shall spring forth speedily; his light shall rise in obscurity, and the glory of the Lord shall be seen upon him. Let us then remember the loving-kindness of the Lord, and the multitude of His tender mercies. Like the people of Israel, let us set up our stones of witness, and inscribe upon them the precious story of what God has wrought for us. And as we review His dealings with us in our pilgrimage, let us, out of hearts melted with gratitude, declare, “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all His people.” Psalm 116:12-14. DA 348.2