Now That You Have Purposed in Your Heart…
You have decided against delicacies à la Daniel 1:8. You have taken the first step to reclaiming you health! In 8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 2: Renew Your Mind, we are going to wage war on the devil’s favorite battlefield.
At this point, you are ready for a revolution in the way you think about everything pertaining to food, health, and your appearance.
In Romans 12:2, the Lord instructs us not to conform ourselves to the world but to renew our minds.
In this scripture, the Apostle Paul is instructing the Church of Rome not to conform themselves to the way of the world they were living in, which was to reject things of God, but to transform the way Jesus translated them to His Kingdom through salvation. It was not talking about food. Food wasn’t a thing of the world at the time – it was God’s provision that no one had to think that hard about.
A New World
Things have changed. Food is a function of worldly pursuits today in a way it never has been before. The food system is now commoditized, meaning that it’s primary purpose has shifted from being a source of life and nourishment available to all to a source of great financial gain for a few at the expense of many. It has become an incestuous institution in unholy union with the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. It has changed the landscape of human health and the environment worldwide in the form of epidemics and unprecedented disastrous circumstances. This is why we now need to apply this instruction to food.
The language we use to talk about food shapes all of our daily choices, which either finance this system in favor of the enemy or finance change for the better. Our food choices either prove that what the enemy has established can reign or they prove that perfect will of God. His will for us is long, abundant, healthy life. Let’s look at some of the ways we can renew our minds to that end.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 2: Renew Your Mind By Changing Your Language
I recently taught my daughter Ché not to say of any unhealthy things that they are “good”. What God said is good when He created the world in Genesis 1, none of the stuff that tries to masquerade as food these days qualifies for inclusion in that proclamation.
Further, many of us still hold on to the perceived “goodness” of such faux food, like some kind of cherished sin that we might allow ourselves to indulge in as a “treat”. If we have purposed in our hearts not to defile our bodies, our temples of the Holy Spirit, then we cannot continue to be double minded about those “foods” that pollute us inside.
I’ve trained myself and my children to eschew those things. Like “cookies, bad, ewwwww!! All that nasty sugar in there!” Over time you will be like the ex-smoker who is disgusted by the sight and smell of a cigarette: truly liberated and loving it!
The word meat originally referred to all food, any food, as in Genesis 1:29 in the KJV. It’s only in recent history we started to use it to refer exclusively to animal flesh. In Malachi instructed the Levite priests to bring all the tithes to the storehouse so there is meat in His house. in 1 Corinthians 3:2 Paul talked about first giving the parishioners milk then weaning them onto meat. In both of these scriptures, meat was a general term for that which nourishes. The point is that nourishment can be complete without animal flesh.
We have come to believe that animal-based foods are the best source of protein. We use the words “meat” (in the sense that indicates animal flesh) and “protein” interchangeably. This is a lie designed to keep us buying and consuming way more beef, poultry, pork and dairy industry products than we need for good health. In fact, many reputable studies have shown that at our level of consumption we put ourselves at greater risk cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other metabolic and autoimmune diseases than our counterparts in the world who eat very little of these (like 6-8 ounces a week if at all).
Having said all that, food is God’s creation. As such, our attempt to dissect it and distill it down to molecule parts to understand it is sheer hubris. Food is much too complex for that. There are so many other important vitamins, minerals and properties in each individual food. On top of that, we will never be able to truly understand how they all interact with each other in that food item, and how the combinations of foods that we eat interact with each other. We just need to stop and get back to basics. Focusing on just one food component is a tool of the enemy.
Our customary daily menu of milk/eggs/cheese every morning, meat and cheese at lunch, 6-8 ounces of meat at dinner and more than 50 grams of added sugar daily is actually over-consumption. It seems normal because that’s how everyone around you seems to be eating. TV families mimic and reinforce this notion, but here at 8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 2: Renew Your Mind, we are going to shed some light.
God set’s many limitations in the book of Leviticus on what animals we should eat. Interestingly, he didn’t limit how much we should eat. When you consider that in those days, the average person only ate animal based foods or any kind of sweet baked goods at annual festivals, you see that He didn’t have to set limits. Only the most wealthy, mostly royalty, could eat those things frequently. There was no refrigeration for the rest of us to keep cut up carcasses, even if we could afford it. Notice that later on in the bible there are many cautions against gluttony being deceived into thinking delicacies are good to eat every day. We will cover a little later in this series.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 2: Renew Your Mind Nugget#1 Did you know that there’s a difference between animal protein and plant protein?
People in poorer countries consume less animal based foods because they can’t buy them regularly, but as a result, they don’t suffer from the diseases we have here. When they do have adequate food that’s plant-based, they don’t suffer from food-related diseases. Plant protein is the hero there. It provides the same service as animal protein, but without the nasty side effects. This is a concept in which we can find real freedom in the renewing of our minds and lower grocery bills as well!
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 2: Renew Your Mind Presents: Complete Protein, No Animals Harmed
In Ezekiel 4, God gives his prophet a bread recipe to sustain him through a rather difficult prophetic assignment. It is a six grain bread – wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt (verse 9). I learned from my kidney donor team nutritionist in a conversation completely unrelated to this scripture that the combination of beans and grains forms a complete protein. Microphone drop.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 2: Renew Your Mind Nugget#2 Slim People Need This Too!
Here’s an interesting topic that gets overlooked a lot these days. There are many obese and overweight people who should be concerned about their health, but there are also many slim people who are left wondering how to put on and keep on healthy weight during a food life changeover. The first thing I counsel to my slim friend is this: you’re not too skinny, God does not make garbage, people’s eyes are just fat!
One third of all Americans is obese and at least 2/3 are at least overweight. In response, the media casts overweight actors on TV an in film, glorifying pleasant plumpness to show sensitivity to these numbers. As a result, we have all now been subjected to a shift in the perception of what a “normal” body size is. And now those of us who are naturally slender are told we are too skinny. We need to renew our minds.
The truth it is indeed possible to have the same metabolic problems and disease risk of an obese person while being skinny. It’s a phenomenon called “skinny-fat”. Feel free to look it up.
To answer the question, nonetheless, the simple answer is to skew your new food choices to more calorie dense but still nutritious foods. We will address this in depth in another article.
8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 2: Renew Your Mind Nugget#3 The Source of The Messages Shapes Your Mind
There are a whole lot of ways to renew our minds to help our bodies, these are just a few. The important thing is that you make it your business to scrutinize all the messages you get for
- Biblical accuracy and
- The motive of the source.
Once you figure out where the message is coming from and whether it lines up with God’s word and His will for you, you can get into obedience and see your victory!
Renew your mind. Your body will thank you for it!
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