Who knows you better than God? He not only made you... but He knows how to keep you well. Many Christians lack understanding of what God said about caring for our physical bodies in the daily walk of life. Often we look to God for physical healing or relief from problems or pain we are having. Instead, we should first realize that He already told us how to properly care four ourselves in His Word. Your life will change as you come to understand the principles of health found in the Word of God.

The Bible declares in I CORINTHIANS 6: 19-20, “What? Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you and which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s”. God has created our body and it is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

We bring destruction to our body, when we defile it with foods that are bad for us, and God’s Word says He will judge us as He tells in I CORINTHIANS 3: 15-17, “...Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

Three important principles to remember in this teaching:

1. We are each responsible for our body.

Many people abuse their bodies unknowingly through improper diet or overwork. But when a problem develops or a sickness comes, they ask God to heal them. However their actions and choices may be at the heart of the matter, and asking God to take away the problem or sickness may be not the answer.

The answer may be found in the natural realm. In this day with fast foods and fast pace of life, many people take the “Short cut” for meals that end up causing them health problems. You must honestly take an account of what you are eating and come to understand how it makes you feel.

I have a much healthier heart if I do not eat foods that make my body work harder to digest them. I now realise certain meats, fruits, and vegetables are much better for me. Heart disease and health issues have become very important today. But God, from the very beginning, instructed people in this area of their lives.

2. The Bible has much to say about our health and how to care for our bodies.

Every single thing we are discovering in science today parallels what the Bible says about nutrition. Today, we hear about foods that work to fight cancer and reduce heart disease. But in the beginning, God said in GENESIS 1: 29 as He declares: “...See, I have given you every plant yielding seed ... and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.”

In studies of cultures around the world, it is interesting to discover that when people follow diets that parallel what is found in the Bible they live longer, healthier lives. Certainly, they are much healthier than those who consume the processed food  and fat - heavy foods so easily available in modern society.

Also, today there is much interest in what is called the “Mediterranean Diet” - a group of foods which prevent and cure diseases. These are foods used in scripture where God instructs His people about diet. Here is a partial list:

  • Clean, lean meat from certain animals (LEVITICUS 11: 2-3).
  • Fish with scales (LEVITICUS 11: 9 ; DEUTERONOMY 14: 9).
  • Cucumbers, melons, leeks, and onions ( NUMBERS 11: 5 ).
  • Wheat, barley, grapes, pomegranates (DEUTERONOMY 8: 8).
  • Dark grainy bread high in fiber as protection from cancer and heart disease, ( EXODUS 12: 8, 15 ; EZEKIEL 4: 9 ).
  • Yogurt, milk of cows, sheep, goats (ISAIAH &: 15, 22; PROVERBS 27: 27).
  • Beans and Honey ( EZEKIEL 4: 9 ).
  • Garlic contains cancer-fighting chemicals and also raises good cholesterol levels
  • Olive oil, which can clean the artery, walls and strengthen the immune system. (DEUTERONOMY 8: 8)

And little things, like washing your hands can make a big difference as well. Science tells us that today, but God talked about it thousands of years earlier in the Book of Deuteronomy 32: 11. This simple action is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. If you among sick people , wash your hands often, please.

3. The Bible shows us that healing and health can come through an instantaneous miracle or through progressive healing and nutrition.

You must take care of your body. And the more you learn about what is good for you and put it into practice, the better you will feel. You honor God as you care for your body, for the scripture tells us in PSALM 139: 14, “I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made...” Remember, the biblical road to healing may come through a miracle... or it may be that God helps you change your lifestyle, and as a result, your health is restored. EXODUS 23: 25 declares: “And you shall serve the LORD your God, and He shall bless your bread, and your water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of you.” Believe God for His best in your body, but also take care of His creation by what you eat and how you rest. I believe that what was given to you here will open your eyes to the blessings of better health as you understand God’s plan for your body.

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