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When Nobody Likes You

When Nobody Likes You

Is Christianity under attack in the United States? It is a question every citizen should ask regardless of your religious beliefs.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation is calling for chaplains to be removed from college sports programs citing that their presence increases the risk of discrimination against non-Christian students and that chaplains are given all-access to the programs just because they are “Christian clergy”.

This organization has previously gotten some high schools to prohibit local clergy from praying with teams prior to games, a practice many school districts have engaged in for decades.

Though chaplains and clergy are not paid and volunteer to work with sports teams and while participation on the part of any student is completely voluntary, the Freedom from Religion Foundation says that’s irrelevant. To them, the point is that these Christians have access to the students and can potentially influence their beliefs.

In the years since 9/11 our society has increasingly become hostile to Christianity. If you don’t support gay marriage or asexual bathrooms, you are a bigot instead of a devout Believer. And now people feel they need to limit the influence of Christian clergy. On the flip side, America wants to appear accepting of every other religion and lifestyle.

But Jesus tells us in the Bible that a house divided against itself shall not stand (Mark 3:25). Embracing every option there is will not stop terror attacks or make America a sympathetic figure in the eyes of Anti-American extremists.

In the last days there will be wars and rumors of wars and there is no way out or around this prophecy (Matthew 24:6). The only choice that we as individuals and as country have is to pick a side and stick with it. Either we believe in God’s Word and will stand on it or we will stand against it. There will be consequences either way.

Jesus said, “And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22).

As Christianity comes under attack, we must decide not to compromise our beliefs and use the weapon of prayer to fight these attacks. The power of life and death is in your mouth (Proverbs 18:21). That’s why people are afraid of your influence. Speak to these situations in our country and pray that the will of God would be established.

The Key to Success

The Key to Success

I saw an old saying the other day that read, “The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.” While on the surface these may seem like words of wisdom, they really aren’t that wise. Humanity is inherently flawed and for that reason the Bible explicitly tells us to lean not on our own understanding and do not trust in man (Proverbs 3:5; Jeremiah 17:5).

Our confidence must be in God. Our confidence must lie in knowing His power and His love for us.

“This is what the LORD says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

One first has to realize that all we have from the material things to our state of being are all due to God. Whatever we have belongs to Him. As Paul further reiterates in the New Testament, all we have to boast about is what God has done through Christ (2 Corinthians 10).
But Jeremiah asks us to go deeper and acknowledge that it is our relationship with God that matters the most. We can boast in truly knowing God and understanding who He truly is to us.

Having confidence in God gains the confidence of others. People will just be drawn to you. David was a young man called to be king of Israel and as he journeyed to the throne, people were drawn to him and declared him their leader so that by the time David actually took the throne as king, he already had a core following of men and their families. They were drawn to David’s confidence in God.

If you struggle with low self-esteem, shyness, or lack of confidence pray and ask God to deliver you from these stumbling blocks. And tell Him that your relationship with Him is the only thing of value and it’s the only thing you want to boast about.

God will enable you to do things well and He can touch you in a way that people will follow you as a leader and He will give you wisdom to share. So you don’t have to worry about building confidence in yourself. Take that time and energy and build your relationship with God. It is the key to real success.

You Can’t Take What You Didn’t Give Me

You Can’t Take What You Didn’t Give Me

This month the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report on civil liberties containing a startling statement. “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia or any form of intolerance.”

I find the statement startling because this is a commission that was created as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 to seriously investigate potential violations of civil rights. Now it appears to be more apt to enforce the violation of civil rights, specifically the rights of Christians.
What this statement says to the Christian business owner who does not wish to service a gay wedding is that they have to do it according to the U. S. government or face legal actions and face being labeled a bigot by society.

The Commission refers to slavery and Jim Crow laws as the basis for the argument against religious liberty. That is an invalid argument. The Bible never says anything about enslaving Blacks, nor does it state that Blacks are inferior and should be considered only 3/5 of a person. These policies were not created based on the Bible but in truth were based on flawed interpretations of the Bible.

There are over 20 different modern translations of the Bible and all of them clearly state that homosexuality is an abomination. All of those same translations also only speak of marriage being between a man and a woman. When a Christian says they cannot condone gay marriage or alternative lifestyles, it is not based on an interpretation. It is rooted in plain Bible.

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22).

“The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,” (1 Timothy 1:10).

“But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mark 10:6-9).

These beliefs are not grounded in interpretation so this idea that the Bible is being used to discriminate is the real hypocrisy. How ironic that the Commission cites the use of the Bible in slavery and Jim Crow but fails to address how other non-Christian religious writings adhered to by millions across the world are decidedly anti-Christian.

Jesus told us that nations would hate us because of Him but who knew it would be our own nation (Matthew 10:22)? The Kingdom of God is suffering violence and we must fight back but remember the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual (Matthew 11:12; 2 Corinthians 10:4). We must love the people but fight the devils that have them in bondage and confusion. Faith is a fight and this country is losing faith quickly so we who believe must fight that good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).

It does not matter what any commission, board or human leader says, Jesus said, “I can guarantee this truth: Until the earth and the heavens disappear, neither a period nor a comma will disappear from the Scriptures before everything has come true.” (Matthew 5:18). The Word of the Lord shall stand forever and the Word says whoever the Son of Man sets free, is free and no man can take away that freedom (Isaiah 40:8; John 8:36). No one can take away from you what they did not give you and our freedom to worship God in spirit and in truth comes only from the Holy Spirit!

No Talent Required

No Talent Required

This week a formerly homeless man, Mike Yung, got a record deal at 56 years old after singing in the subway for over 20 years. It reminded me of the many people I have encountered that can sing beautifully. In fact some of them can “sang”! But they’ve never gotten a record deal or traveled outside of their hometown to perform.

Have you ever thought about how throughout the world there are thousands and thousands of people who have beautiful singing voices that never get “discovered”? Is it that they have this exceptional talent just so they can sing for family and friends and YouTube?

The fact is any talent we have, we only have it to glorify God with. There are people all over the world who play instruments, dance, sing, write, paint and never make a living at it. God is not wasteful. He wouldn’t give you a talent for you to waste it. The problem is that as humans we think it is wasted if we don’t make it big and get contracts for millions of dollars.

The gifts and talents we are given are for God. The Bible tells us all to sing, no matter how “good” you are at it. It is a command.

“Let Christ’s word with all its wisdom and richness live in you. Use psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to teach and instruct yourselves about God’s kindness. Sing to God in your hearts. Everything you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:16-17).

So many will never get a record deal or a role in a production because that wasn’t why they were given their talent. But God will be most pleased to see you sing or dance before Him. And again, please understand this is for all Christians, not just if you’ve been told you can sing or dance well. We are all to sing before the Lord and dance to give Him praise.

Lucifer was crafted by God with musical instruments as parts of his body and he had precious stones all over his body to reflect the light and glory of God. He was the head of worship. But we all know he lost his position and was cast down from the mountain of God (Ezekiel 28).

But God still requires worship. So it is the Saints that are to reflect the glory of God and offer up pure worship using the instrument that God built into our bodies—our voice.

“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” (Psalm 100:1-4).

So if you are not one to sing or dance in your worship time, I ask you to please add it. It will strengthen your relationship with God and take you to deeper levels in your relationship with Him. David was certainly a flawed man but he was also blessed because he spent his life dancing, singing and playing music to God. And though he got himself into some situations, God always delivered him because David was a worshipper.

“But I will sing about your strength. In the morning I will joyfully sing about your mercy. You have been my stronghold and a place of safety in times of trouble. O my strength, I will make music to praise you! God is my stronghold, my merciful God!” (Psalm 59:16-17).

Cultivate the lifestyle of a worshipper and you will see and feel a stronger presence of God in your life. And it will be wonderful!!!

The United States of Bullies

The United States of Bullies

A few years back when the media was first focusing on bullying in schools I have to admit I balked at this campaign. I was bullied and knew kids who were bullied mercilessly at school every day for years and we didn’t kill ourselves or require years of therapy. Bullying in school is as old as school lunch! I thought something must be wrong with kids today that they can’t take a little bullying and just move on.

That was a short-sighted opinion to say the least. Firstly, my generation didn’t know anything about cyberbullying. And there wasn’t a shortage of teachers when I was in school nor was there all this politically correct red-tape that keeps today’s educational staff from putting kids respectfully in their place. So in school kids can now get away with more deviant behaviors and on the internet teachers have no authority anyway so that anonymity creates a perfect storm for those who seek to bully others.
And what has become more apparent to me over the last year is that we have become a country of bullies. You cannot express an opinion that is not politically correct or outside of the mainstream without being harassed. When Bruce Jenner transitioned, there were celebrities that openly stated on Twitter that though they wished him well, they did not believe in transitioning. And they were berated and attacked by people calling them bigots.

A Yale professor refused to say that a fellow professor’s email about costumes on campus was racist and a small mob of minority students called him names and said he was disgusting. And when he tried to shake students’ hands, he was violently pushed away though he stood there and listened calmly to their complaints despite being verbally attacked and physically intimidated.

Phil Robertson was suspended from his own reality TV show for saying that the Bible speaks against homosexuality. HGTV cancelled a new show starring the Benham brothers before it even aired because someone leaked they were Christian conservatives who did not support gay marriage.

People who don’t believe in gay marriage or gender neutral bathrooms are called all kinds of bigots even when they clearly refer back to the Bible as the the source for their belief.
Black Lives Matter has spawn White Lives Matters and Blue Lives Matter and Women’s Live Matter and who knows what else because everyone is just down right offended at what everyone else is saying.

And we cannot forget that the 2016 Republican presidential candidate has, over the last 6 months, belittled, threatened and attacked various religions, countries and ethnicities all in the name of making America great again.

But America will only be great again when we turn our hearts back to God. We will be stronger and ready for what the end times hold when we get off Twitter and Facebook and turn off the reality TV shows and talk to our children about grace and mercy. I sometimes struggle in my mind to find a balance between showing compassion but not compromising my beliefs. But God gives us the best example. God shows us great mercy and compassion when we fail, we all fall short of His glory (Romans 3:23). But He doesn’t change the rules because we may struggle with them. He knows as long as we keep trying to live as He prescribed, we will struggle less and sin less.

As a nation we have started to do what is right in our own eyes, changing genders, legalizing gay marriage, divorcing for any reason we want, and disregarding the true purpose of sex and marriage. And all of this has created a nation of bullies. Why? Paul explains it clearly.

“And because they thought it was worthless to acknowledge God, God allowed their own immoral minds to control them. So they do these indecent things. Their lives are filled with all kinds of sexual sins, wickedness, and greed. They are mean. They are filled with envy, murder, quarreling, deceit, and viciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, haughty, arrogant, and boastful. They think up new ways to be cruel. They don’t obey their parents, don’t have any sense, don’t keep promises, and don’t show love to their own families or mercy to others. Although they know God’s judgment that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do these things but also approve of others who do them.” (Romans 1:28-32).

Turn on the news or go on the internet and someone is pushing their agenda. But the only agenda that matters is God’s will for us individually and for this nation. I call on all the intercessors out there to pray for the United States without ceasing. And individually, let’s be kind to one another. Speak the truth in love and follow God with all your heart. Be blessed!

Sleeping With a Hidden Enemy

Sleeping With a Hidden Enemy

I love pumpkin season! I love pumpkin-flavored everything and I love just seeing pumpkins because they represent my favorite time of year: fall. But as much as I love them I have to be very reserved in decorating with them because though they really symbolize the abundance of God’s harvest, they have been perverted into representing Halloween; which is just so unfair!

The simple fact is we really should be careful about how we decorate and the objects we allow in our homes because they could open us and our families up to negative influence and situations. We could be sleeping with a hidden enemy.

The Bible clearly tells us, “Do not bring any detestable objects into your home, for then you will be destroyed, just like them. You must utterly detest such things, for they are set apart for destruction.” (Deuteronomy 7:26).

For the Jews in Biblical times this was a no-brainer because it was clear what was pagan and what was not but throughout thousands of years of history and culture and compromise, there are things today that we consider normal or just for fun which have roots in the occult and the demonic. And in God’s eyes they are detestable as much today as they were thousands of years ago. And so we need to not have them in our possession.

Halloween is not harmless, it has spiritual consequences for those who celebrate it including decorating with bats and witches and even jack-o-lanterns around your home. People have artwork that they do not even realize depict ancient idols and these objects open the door for the influence of evil spirits.

Have a big library of books? Well do some cleaning out because books about the occult including Harry Potter are detestable in the sight of God. God spends a huge portion of the Bible explaining to us how idolatry and the occult are wrong and dishonor Him so it makes sense that we would not read about such things even in the name of entertainment.

I found that most of my childhood was a pagan-fest with the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. But while it is a change to remove the pagan components from the holidays, I can tell you it is worth it. Firstly, you see the holiday for what it is. Easter is about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and children will understand this, there is no need to dress it up with an imaginary animal. And Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of our Savior. There’s no reindeer or red suit needed. We can see these times for what they really mean and the truth makes us free (John 8:32).

Secondly, by removing these accursed or detestable objects from our lives we close the door to any oppression attached to them. Your relationship with God is the most important relationship you will ever have and it should be the most intimate relationship in your life. So isn’t it worth it to remove anything that would hinder that closeness?

The Sins of the Father

The Sins of the Father

The son of former Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry died in August 2016. Like his father before him, he struggled with drug addiction and died of an overdose at 36 years old. Almost everyone will throw the phrase, “The sins of the father. . . “ at this one. Simply because the young man witnessed his father’s drug abuse and how it impacted his political career first hand. Plus, it’s drugs. Drugs are bad.

But I want us to consider those things, those proclivities that we can pass on to our children that are not so obvious or as readily categorized as bad. Most kids grow up with their parents and see behaviors and hear opinions straight from the horse’s mouth and of course we pick up those behaviors and attitudes simply because of exposure. My mom was deathly afraid of thunder and lightning so for years after moving on my own I still turned off all the electronics and sat still until the storm passed because that is what I saw her do not because I understand why I should be afraid. Eventually though I understood that I just took on her phobia and was able to let it go.
But there is a whole other side to what we do and say that we subject our children to that we often don’t think about. But the Bible clearly tells us that the consequences of our sins can fall upon our children.

“ . . . for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me” (Exodus 20:5).
It is easy to see things like drug addiction or alcoholism running through families but that’s not all there is to be concerned about. Sexual promiscuity has taken quite a toll on American society. And the sins of the fathers are visiting the children. We must consider that there is some spiritual root to why this country has a skyrocketing divorce rate and millions of children being born to single parents. There is a whole generation of kids with learning disabilities that used to be blips on the educational radar. The number of children born with autism has increased significantly over the last 30 years. And now in recent years we as a nation face children struggling with gender identify and homosexuality before they are even teenagers and many are committing suicide.

It is not always what your children see you do that can hinder them but it can be choices you made before you even thought of having them. I know society tells women to be sexually empowered but consider that your sexual liberty can lead your daughter into prostitution, abusive relationships or even sexual identity issues. Not to mention the consequences you yourself will have to deal with in your body and your soul. Is it worth the risk?

Bruce Jenner “secretly” struggled with his sexual identity and throughout the years contemplated surgery. But his daughter Kylie started having plastic surgery at a young age and is almost unrecognizable compared to her younger, natural appearance. The demonic oppression of her father comes against her as well. Though she may not express sexual identify issues she clearly has body issues to the point that she has altered her body which at its base is what her father did.

So we must face our issues and our sins and seek a real relationship with God so that we can break the curse and protect our children and their children. Generational curses are very real but Jesus Christ took away the sting and all we have to do is make Him our Savior and walk upright before the Lord and serve Him. Live like God prescribed and not how society says you should. You’ll set an example for your children in the natural and in the spirit.

Talk is Cheap

Talk is Cheap

Everyone is familiar with the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17). We so often focus on David and his great victory. But let’s not forget that the Israelite soldiers faced Goliath for 40 days. I mean they didn’t actually fight him but they stood there for forty days while he berated them and challenged them.

Amazingly that is what is so easy to miss in this story. Goliath never actually fought anybody. He was big and bad with a big mouth but he never made a move to back up his words with his fists so to speak. I mean he could have just charged the Israelite camp and took out a few guys and made them run for the hills but he just stood in the valley between the battle lines talking smack about Saul and the Israelite soldiers. And the Bible says that the king and his army were afraid, some translations use the word “terrified.” (1 Samuel 17:11).
Take a moment and look at what you are afraid of and you may find it’s just words. Like the soldiers, we get scared of our enemies’ threats and bravado. But if we stop being afraid we can see that if that enemy was so sure they had us they would make the victory move like David did. We may be stagnating and hopeless because of mere words that somebody said. But today I challenge you to make a decision to only listen to what God says through His Word and His love.

That’s what David did. David was quick to say that the same God that delivered the lion and the bear into my hands can deliver this talking giant into my hands. Fear and anxiety prey on imagination and getting us to think about what could go wrong but through prayer we have the power to call forth the situation as we need it to be for God’s will (Romans 4:17).
Don’t get caught out there on threats from the enemy. Stand on the promises of God and you will not fail.

The Israelite soldiers stood there for 40 days and listened to threats. No wonder they became fearful. When the enemy starts talking to you in fear you must fight back. Don’t just stand there but fight back using the Word of God, using prayer and worship. That will back any enemy you are facing down.

Jesus said in Revelation that we should be either hot or cold but if we are lukewarm He would spit us out of His mouth (Revelation 3:15). Basically, that means be in or be out but don’t be in the middle. Get in the ring and fight or run away but don’t just stand there in fear. What are you really afraid of? What has been done or what the enemy says he can do? Either way, the enemy is defeated in your life through the power of Jesus Christ. All you have to do is fight back and declare that you shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17)!

The Death of Cancer

The Death of Cancer

If you are one of those people who are afraid of cancer, you are not by yourself. There are millions of people around the world afraid of that diagnosis. At this point, everyone is familiar with it. They know someone, a relative or friend who got cancer and either they lived or died. Cancer is the boogey man that comes out in the daylight; always lurking somewhere trying to gain access to people and trying to turn their hopes and dreams into ashes.

I’ve been telling my story for over ten years now and every time I tell my story I expose a little more of what I have been through. Not just back in 2002 when I was diagnosed but also what I have discovered throughout the last 14 years post-cancer. I want to share this with you because although medical science is doing everything that they can to come up with a medicine to annihilate cancer people are still dying; thousands on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor.

My story is unusual in many ways but I know there are others out there that have experienced something similar. I hope they gain the courage to tell their story so that they can let those diagnosed with cancer or who will one day be diagnosed know there is hope.

In 2002, I had a colonoscopy at the suggestion of my primary care physician. As many of you know that intrusive, invasive procedure sends a long tube with a camera on the end down into your rectum and loops through your colon while taking pictures of your colon. They sedate you. I was able to see the screen that shows vivid color pictures. Because I was sedated I don’t remember everything but one thing that stands out very clear, I was in the recovery with both of my assistants on either side of the bed. The doctor came in and said, “Diana you have cancer and it is a shame because you are only 39 years old.”

Immediately I heard a male voice say to me, “You don’t have cancer.” He was adamantly correcting the first physician with a more authoritative and surety in his voice. So I grab a hold of what he was saying and immediately believed it. I didn’t want to hear that diagnosis but now in hindsight I realize how calm I was because I heard that second voice. I just believed the physician that told me I didn’t have cancer and I recognized who it was. It was Almighty God, my Lord speaking to me. Wow! He handled the situation saving me from this dread life snatching disease but all of the worries, the chemo and radiation.

I know it was Him because prior to me going to the hospital, for some years I had already accepted the Lord as my Savior and had started to build a relationship with God through prayer and fasting and reading His Word. And just believing Him and having faith in everything He told me. On a daily basis I prayed and talked to Him and He showed Himself to me in a very strong way. He showed up to be my Savior and my friend. I had been through some things in my life. Issues with family, my upbringing wasn’t great. I never felt connected to my family. I actually told people my mother was dead and I made up a fictitious mother to tell people about because that is how bad my life was growing up. It was emotional pain I had gone through. But in that time was when I started to talk to God and somewhere around 29 years old I began to make Him my Savior. I took those steps because I needed Him desperately. And thank God I did because on that day when that doctor gave me that diagnosis, if Jesus wasn’t my close friend that I thought I could depend on, I don’t know what I might have done. I am pretty sure I wouldn’t be here to tell you my story or to have met my 10-year-old granddaughter Layla.

Unbeknownst to me, my first cousin Ellen had been diagnosed with colon cancer. I didn’t know it at the time but found out a few months later. We were the same age, both born in March. I found out after I had surgery that my cousin had colon cancer too. You may call it coincidence but there are no coincidences. I appreciate that God healed me from cancer. I did not have to take any chemo or radiation. It was simply because I had faith, established faith by growing my relationship with God. When God said I didn’t have cancer, I believed Him and I told the doctor. The doctor just kept saying I did and even referred me to an oncologist. But I kept repeating that I don’t have cancer. The doctor asked me why I kept saying that and I told him, “Because God just told me I don’t have cancer.” He brushed it off and looked at me like he felt sorry for me. Especially after he delivered a death sentence to me by saying it was a shame since I was only 39 years old like I wasn’t going to survive this.

Ten days later I was cleared. They said I didn’t have cancer. I know the doctor thought I was crazy, especially since he made it know he’d been a gastroenterologist for over 20 years. He said he emphatically knew it was cancer. But 10 days later he was looking at me perplexed because the tests showed I didn’t have cancer anymore. I reminded him I told him God said I didn’t have cancer but he laughed and walked away. I did still have to have the surgery to remove a tumor but I am here all these years later at 53 years old. No cancer! Because I believed God.

And my darling cousin Ellen died not too many years after I had surgery. There are days I feel guilty and ask God why her and not me? Why did you let me live God? Although I know the answer, I am just so grateful to God daily that He saved my life. And I serve Him with every ounce of my being. And part of that service is sharing my story with you that Exodus 15:26 says, “I am the Lord which heals you.” If you take cancer medicine, take that along with it. And if you are courageous enough to believe God, talk to Him daily and ask Him to save your life and He will do it. But cut a covenant with Him. Tell Him you will serve Him the rest of your life in whatever way He deems fit if he would just save your life. He is the only one who can kill cancer. Then you will have your own story to tell everybody in the world just like me.
Dr. Diana

If God Was a Chef

If God Was a Chef

Thought provoking question isn’t it? Well, we have seen all sorts of diets rise to popularity, just read the magazines at the checkout counter in your neighborhood grocery store. You will see that Shape, Weight Watchers, Woman’s Day and all the other mainstream magazines have a plethora of diets. Do they work? Well, people have had some success with them. For others, it provided a positive change that allowed them to go on to something else. And still others failed.

My thought is that there are all kinds of food throughout the world and our culture plays a big role in what we eat. And agriculturally speaking, the region that we live in can only grow certain foods. Sometimes we have to get fruits and vegetables from other countries.

It may be surprising to a lot of you, but God has a plan for what you eat and when you eat. There are many things in the Word of God to support that. I want to give you some instances that have several meanings. God told Israel what animals were clean and unclean (Leviticus 11). Now there is an age-old argument between vegetarians and meat eaters as to whether it is a sin or not to eat meat. I am not here to debate that.

I want you to get in your mind that God has a plan for each of us individually speaking. Your footsteps and where you have traveled throughout your life makes a difference in what you are confronted with in life. Perhaps you have health issues or weight issues. But again, God has a plan and knows what you should be eating. A lot of us are depleted in our minerals because of the soil. We eat sub-standard foods, fast food and sometimes conventional fruits and vegetable with pesticides on them. Some of us subscribe to an organic diet. I am on that track. There are various reasons and various arguments for organic and I won’t debate that.

Although it had a very deep spiritual reasoning behind it, God told Israel how to eat in the natural by designating clean and unclean animals. God said in Ezekiel 47:12 that the trees would be our medicine. Because He designed and created the human body He has the blueprint and knows exactly what we need to feed the beautiful computer He created called you. He knows the minerals and vitamins you need. Vegetables and fruits are high in water content and vitamins and minerals. Your body was created to heal itself; the problem is that when we eat all these processed foods, it is difficult for our bodies to break that stuff down because it was not made for our bodies. It begins to affect us health-wise eventually. If we go and begin to slowly remove processed foods from our diets and add fresh fruits and vegetables, in their raw state is optimal, then you will start to see your body change slowly but surely.
So the question is why did God make fruits and vegetable? What does He know that we don’t know because we have been listening to society? The Bible talks about how man left to his own devices will destroy himself (Psalm 81:12).

Science is always trying to figure out what are the best foods to eat and they fall short. Don’t hold them responsible for your health. You and God together are responsible for your health. He gave you fruits and vegetables and a beautiful earth! Get out and walk and keep your body mobile. Let walking be your exercise, you don’t have to run and put all that weight on your knees. Doctors and others have said that they have noticed after running for years; people have done a lot of damage to their legs and joints. So walk, it is a natural thing for us. Running is not, it is part of the innate fight or flight response. Now this is my opinion on running versus walking but do your own research. You will see that what I am saying makes a lot of sense. I know doing 5K and 10K runs is a trend in society now and I am not saying don’t do it if you like it. I am talking about feeling like you have to run on a daily basis to get effective exercise. Walking can do it for you. Walk a mile or two a day and you will lose weight if you change your diet.

Go to God and ask what you need to eat for your body because I assure you man is going to keep switching up what is good or bad in their opinion. If you put your trust in science you will become mixed up. I remember a time when they said that eating tofu was so good for you, especially for balancing hormones. Tofu was “the” thing and lauded as the best alternative to meat when it was said that people were eating too much meat (Which I agree the American diet has too much meat in it. I personally don’t eat any meat, any flesh at all because God told me to stop. It wasn’t something I just decided to do, I did it because of God and my life has changed because if it. God used that to heal me of a lot of conditions that were robbing my health and strength.) But as soon as people started to really get into using tofu, they started saying that it was difficult for the body to break down tofu. So then they started to encourage you to not eat tofu. Then they changed their minds again and said there is a certain type of tofu you need.

My point is they don’t have the answers you need. You need to go to God and ask what you need to be eating. That would be the wisest choice. The Bible says that wisdom is known by her children (Luke 7:35).

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” Can I tell you something? It already said that He loves you, in fact, it says He so loved you. If you are living in this world, you are part of the world that He so loves. I am telling you God is the only One who can tell you what you need to be eating. Don’t give Him any rest until He tells you what you need to remove from your diet and what you need to incorporate into your diet. And then listen. You can do it. If God told you to do it, then He will give you the ability to do it. Just TRUST Him.
Dr. Diana