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A Biblical Case for Veganism Part 2

My post on this topic from January 16, 2016 has been my most viewed blog post – indeed, my highest traffic web page since the start of Really Nourish.  It has been so much so that I expound on the topic in my forthcoming book, Securing Our Birthright, and felt compelled to take a couple of aspects of this topic and give them a deeper treatment in these next couple of posts A Biblical Case for Veganism Part 2, and later this week, Part 3 (see link below).

A Biblical Case for Veganism Part 2: Why Should You Abstain from Animal-Based Foods?

This excerpt from Chapter 6 of the book takes on a scripture that some have been known to use to dispute the idea of abstaining from consuming animal flesh:

Everything God created is good, reject no flesh

(1 Timothy 4:4)

Here is another context discussion where the question one needs to ask is this:

What subject matter was the Apostle Paul addressing in this body of scripture?  

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The context from verse 1 is regarding a prophecy about what will happen in end times.  Some will depart from the faith, because they’ll start listening to the “doctrines of demons” that will tell them that they should reject the food that God set apart for us to receive with thanksgiving.  The context here is the REASONING for your abstention from food that was ordained by God.  

In other words, if you abstain from eating even “clean” animals because you want to play your part in reducing the harmful impacts of animal agriculture on the environment in 2017, this is not the same as if you joined some cult whose doctrine required that you stop eating what the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ordained in Genesis 1, Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14.  This is why veganism cannot be characterized as an act of obedience to God in and of itself, but indeed it can be characterized as an act of self-sacrificial, dutiful stewardship of the Temple and this planet.  Here, then, is a biblical case for veganism you can make to this end.

Animal Flesh IS Good, BUT…

There is another point to this end: what God created IS good.  Animal flesh the way God created it is fine to eat.  But there are limits to how much of it we should eat it that we have far exceeded in modern food culture.  We now know that what is considered a normal level of consumption is, compared to old and even new testament times, excessive.  God speaks about gluttony directly related to eating animal flesh in Proverbs 23:20-21. We are paying the price in the form of a health pandemic that just some restraint could bring to an end. 

Also, the animal flesh that we have today is defiled, just as Ezekiel prophesied at the end of Chapter 4 in his eponymous book. 

Livestock – that includes cows for beef and dairy, pigs for pork and chickens for meat and eggs – is kept in concentrated animal feeding operations where they reside shoulder to shoulder with other animals that may be sick and deceased animals are not removed right away.  They are fed unnatural, genetically modified feed that is laced with unregulated amounts of antibiotics and dosed with synthetic hormones.  Even the diary cows, although they are not slaughtered for meat, are forcibly inseminated relentlessly (the actual term for the machine used is a “rape rack”) so they are constantly making calves and, consequently, milk.  Their babies are taken from them and tethered so they don’t move a lot to keep their muscles weak – the appeal of veal is tender flesh. 

The fish is either coming out of aquatic farms where they too are packed way too close together and also fed GMO, antibiotic laced feed and residing in close contact with sick or dead fish or they are pulled out of polluted waters in drag nets that catch and kill more unintended catch than targeted fish.  The animals are horribly mistreated.   

The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

Proverbs 12:10

In 1 Corinthians 10:31, scripture says whether we eat or drink, whatever we do, do it all for the glory of God.  Does participating as a consumer in this system glorify God?  

A Biblical Case for Veganism

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Securing Our Birthright: Webinar

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Faith Gardening is A Ministry of Patience🌛🕛🌱

Faith Gardening is a ministry of patience, like the branch on which my patience fruit ripens. (Fruit of the spirit, Galatians 5:22-23) There is a built in patience requirement in gardening, as one awaits the flow of the natural life cycle of plants.  Then, I imposed another cycle of waiting periods on myself by timing my gardening activities with the moon. 🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕

Faith Gardening is a Ministry of Patience
Lune & Jardin App by JOCS

Sounds very esoteric, right? Not that woke. I have been able to approach this faith gardening with biodynamic vibes using the 📱Lune & Jardin (Moon & Garden) app by JOCS.

Faith Gardening refers to gardening without chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, or growth enhancers.  It relies heavily on natural factors and forces, like the phases of the moon as in biodynamic farming.

I started this practice with a shade of skepticism, not about the practice itself, but about the accuracy of the app. Nonetheless, through a combination of research, practice and sky gazing, Lune & Jardin has proven itself. It has even enlightened me to concepts about the moon’s travels I had never known before, like the earth inhaling and exhaling depending on what part of its revolution path it is on around the planet.

Faith Gardening is a Ministry of Patience
Waiting for bananas to ripen…patiently. #MorningInTheFaithGarden

How My Approach to Gardening has Changed

When I get the urge to put some new seeds in soil, for example, I have may to wait until next week when the moon is on its ascent again. Right now, it is descending, the earth is inhaling, the energy is in a downward direction so it is not a good time to expect seeds to sprout. This faith gardening is a ministry of patience indeed that perhaps is lost on the chemical gardeners and the hothouse farmers who flout natural seasonality in favor of profits.

Faith Gardening is a Ministry of Patience
During a descending moon, the downward pressure can even shift soil. Today I am able to see the roots of my heirloom tomato tree!

Gardening this way has given me a deeper understanding of Ecclesiastes 3. There is, indeed, a season to everything, a time to every purpose under heaven. When we submit to that timing, we are in harmony with creation. When we attempt to force our will out of timing, we create chaos. Yes, faith gardening is a ministry of patience that many of us need in our lives.

Faith Gardening is a Ministry of Patience
My neighbor blessed me a cutting of her Spanish Thyme, in the background are eggplant sprouts from seed. These will transplant into the garden today.
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8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One 😕

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One is an ominous title, but it fits this very relevant, universal message.  My friend, it’s time to get into the meat of things (pun intended).  That narrow, hard road, that leads to life abundant according to His promise is so hard because we have trusted the wrong ones with the sacred duty of stewarding our world’s food.

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One
Product names and labels make claims to lead you to believe in virtues they don’t contain. The governments allow them to do this.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the topic of food  – 📚 I’ve been through numerous books plus countless Bible scriptures and documentaries – and one important paradigm constantly reveals itself throughout all the different narratives: trust.

You intrinsically want to trust your food.  All of us do.  We want to trust that marketers are being honest about what’s in the products in the supermarket and on the menu, that they are disclosing all details and using safe ingredients, inputs and methods for us.  We want to trust our governments to protect us from those who might want to violate that trust when it means their bottom line will look better.

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One – Only God

It would be nice if everyone were trustworthy, but as we know, the only one we can trust is Jehovah Jireh.

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One
Food For Life’s Ezekiel 4:9 bread lives up to its name – ingredients straight from that bible verse and sprouted grains.

The prophet Ezekiel foretold the impending overthrow of Israel and Judah by Babylon.  On day 3 of this devo, I gave you the link to our video illustrating his prophesy.  I hope you watched it!

In chapter 4 of his book, he acts out the prophesy in a stunning performance.  It’s interesting to recognized the Jesus blueprint, a sort of preview that God gives us in the Old Testament in Ezekiel.  The Lord calls him “Son of Man” and puts four centuries of the sins of others on him.  But in fact Ezekiel was a natural born man like you and I, and so the question of what he was supposed to do for food during this 15 month long performance piece needed a natural answer.

God knows what we need before we ask.  He gave young Zeek a recipe (those of you who are a fan of Food for Life’s eponymous bread know this one well):

Also take for yourself wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt; put them into one vessel and make bread of them for yourself.  During the number of days you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days, you shall eat it.

Ezekiel 4:9 NKJV

It’s all Ezekiel would need.  No bacon-egg-and-cheese, coffee-light-n-sweet, two-doubles-with-everything-slight-pepper for breakfast.  Just God’s recipe.  My kidney donor team nutritionist recently explained to me that the combination of beans (beans and lentils) and grains (wheat, barley, millet and spelt) makes a perfect protein and contains a robust package of nutrients, minerals, calories and fiber.  In God we trust.

 

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One – Not Even Your Lawmakers

We need to be aware that we cannot blindly trust the food marketers and the lawmakers.  While your intention is to get God’s standard of nourishment into your temple and your family, they are driven by money.  The money compromises their integrity.  This is how Schwan IMG_1848Corporation was able to convince members of congress to keep pizza on the school food menus in America by explaining that tomato paste is akin to a vegetable.   🍕=🍅??

This is also how they get the green light to propagate so many genetically engineered crops and ⚗☠ and use hundreds of chemicals in our food and personal hygiene products so freely.  Keep yourself well informed about government food policies and the lack thereof where they are desperately needed.  Inform yourself which agencies oversee it all.  Find out hat laws exist and are being proposed (and by whom!) and the meanings of words and symbols on food.

For example, while there is a clear legal definition for “Organic” enforced by the USDA, there is no definition for “Natural” nor is there any restriction preventing this word’s use on any food label.

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One – Verify by Scripture

The Ezekiel 4:9 bread recipe is comprised of six versions of God’s first provision for us – 🌾 herb that yields seed (Gen 1:11).  We can trust that this, His first love gift to us, is GOOD.  All caps GOOD!  After He created it, He Himself proclaimed it GOOD.  In fact, when He was done creating everything, he deemed the whole creation VERY GOOD, all inclusive.  We can trust in that GOODness. (Refer back to Day 2 – Renew Your Mind)

🌱 We can trust that His process of seed, time and harvest is the only 100% reliable system for producing real food just as he established in Genesis 8:23, and that He doesn’t need the help of agricultural chemicals or genetic engineering to feed man and animal.

We can trust in the food He provided in its pure forms 🍒🍍🌽🍅🍆, but we cannot trust in what man manipulated and packaged 🍟🍔🍕. The more it is processed, the further it is from God’s original creation, and so the further it is from God’s trustworthiness.  We cannot trust it.

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One – His Food Heals

Food is medicine, said Hippocrates.  Yet our modern physicians receive minimal education, if any, on nutrition.  This is inconsistent with God’s provision.  What He provided us is both preventative (to sustain us, as in Genesis 1:29-30) and therapeutic (blessed by Him to take away sickness, as in Exodus 23:25) medicine for the body, including the mind.  Good, Godly nourishment can turn the tide on ANY disease.  Pharmaceutical medication can’t match food’s track record of healing.  We can’t trust in the physicians and their staff.  We can trust in ❤️💛💚Dr. Jesus, the real healer.

 

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One – Next Steps

Now that you are seeing food so differently, it is time to apply your divinely inspired discernment.  As you are learning, this is the narrow, hard road indeed!  In urban areas especially, it can be expensive and time consuming just to find fresh, wholesome food.  For those who aren’t well versed in food and cooking, preparing food from scratch can be challenging.  Thrive Market is a great resource for organic and non-gmo foods, including some easy-to-prepare items.  They offer those goods at much lower prices than supermarkets and ship direct to your door.  Join and shop online!  Also, thanks to the efforts of their CEO Gunnar Lovelace, some SNAP recipients can use their cards to get fresh, organic produce online.  (Read about that here)

Also, be bold in your choice, no matter where you go.  People may consider you rude or ungrateful when you decline the defiled, deceptive food they offer you at their homes or special events.  In those circumstances, just remember Daniel in  the first chapter.  God had His front, and He will have yours too.  Through Him, all things are possible!

We can’t trust in flesh.  We can trust in God.

 

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 6: Trust No One – Scriptures and Video

Meditate on:

Genesis 1:11-12, 29-30

Exodus 23:25

Ezekiel 1

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8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 5: The War Council
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8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 5: The War Council🍅⚔

Blessed uprising my friend!  8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 5: The War Council is about getting the support you need. Now that you are on the journey to divine health and a renewed life, that which God intended for you, it is time to build your support system.

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 5: The War Council – A Multitude of Counselors

There are a goodly number of proverbs that advise us to seek counsel. Proverbs 12:15 says “The way of the fool seems right to them, but the Wise listen to advice”. This goes right along with Proverbs 3:5 which says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”. Proverbs 24:6 says “Surely you need guidance to wage war, victory is won through many advisers”. In the New King James Version it says “For by wise counsel you will wager your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety”.

My good friend, don’t get it twisted: This is War!

It’s you against Big Food and Big Pharma with their multi-million dollar advertising budgets.  You see their product placements in every piece of media you consume.   Your children are off limits, but Big Food hijacks their shows too with ads and product partnerships.  They spend millions lobbying they do to get our lawmakers to favor their agendas.  They want your money at the expense of your health and then they continue to get your money when your health starts to fail.  It is not a fair fight!

Proverbs 20:18 says plans are established by counsel; by wise counsel wage war. Really Nourish is devoted as a ministry to be a good source of counsel for you in this war. I started by educating myself, and then went on to ministering one on one from the word of God.  This ministry is focused on showing you how to change your food life to achieve the divine health and the long satisfying life that God promised you in His word.  There’s also a video ministry to reach more of you to provide counsel in various aspects of this big food fight.

Please visit The Really Nourish Movement YouTube page and check out our videos, join the mailing list and sow some seed through PayPal.  Really Nourish has a growing arsenal for you, because I want you to win this!

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 5: The War Council – Get Friends to Help

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 5: The War Council
Good Friend, Good Counsel, Great Supporter!

As I said before, Proverbs 24:6 mentions “the multitude”. Keep asking the Lord for to connect you with people who can help you and support you along the way. He will provide! Deuteronomy 32:30 tells us that one can chase a thousand, but two can put 10,000 to flight! My friend, it is time now for you to surround yourself with counselors and true friends in the war to reclaim for yourself (and, in the process, for all mankind) God’s perfect provision of food. Wage this battle wisely and emerge victorious!

I pray you prosper in good health even as your soul prospers.

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 5: The War Council Meditation Scriptures

In Proverbs – 20:18, 24:6, 3:5-6

Deuteronomy 32:30

 

 

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8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 4: Write and Visualize

Now that you are in the 8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 4: Write and Visualize, the world is probably starting to look very different to you now! You’ve purposed in your heart not to defile yourself with delicacies. You’ve renewed your mind about what exactly food is.  The deception in what is available around you to eat has been uncovered. Thanks be to God!

Food Sovereignty: This is Your Liberation!

This is liberation for you, but at first may feel like some kind of bondage.  God promised  us in His word that He will satisfy us with long life.  Many people live long by taking 5-10 prescription medications every day, being in and out of hospitals, and living in fear of disease.  If you consider that “satisfying”, then stop reading right here and go back to your Facebook scrolling! Here’s the truth: YOU ARE FREE from all that when you honor God at your mouth gate. We can pray for healing from food-related diseases, but James 2:17 tells us that faith without works is dead, so here’s where the work comes in.

 

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 4: Write and Visualize – but Why?

In every life pursuit, visualizing and writing your goals down is a crucial step. In most cases, the difference between success and failure lies in whether this step was taken or foregone. Without revelation, people cast of restraint says Proverbs 29:18. Revelation is what God shows us, its His vision for us. If you can see it, you can achieve it!

A vision board is a great way to visualize your goals. I’m sure there’s an app for this, but I highly recommend a simple cork board on the wall. I always kept mine right near my bed, so it was one of the first things I laid eyes on every morning. You can find images of people in magazines and stick your face on them.  Find people doing things you want to do, like running or swimming, or people with body shapes you are aiming for.

Another thing I did was I changed the body shape on my Bitmoji. When I first made my Bitmoji avatar, she was a thick empress, but sometime in early 2015, she dropped 50 lbs. I changed her to a slim body type. I sat writing the first draft of this devotional in April 2016 having lost 45 lbs in size 8 skinny jeans. This is powerful!

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 4: Write and Visualize
My new, slimmer Bitmoji

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 4: Write and Visualize – How

Nick Zizi, a great motivational speaker I learned about recently, said of goal setting “If you can think it, ink it”. This is biblical wisdom. In Habakkuk 2:2, God tells His prophet to “Write the revelation down and make it plain so that a herald will run with it”. Here again, I’m sure there’s an app for writing goals, but I recommend pen and paper – assuming you don’t have stone tablets handy like Habakkuk did.

I put this question to Nick Zizi on a Periscope broadcast once.  He talked about some studies that have shown that writing on paper for this purpose is more effective. Get a journal to keep track of your food life scriptures, changes and choices.  Use it also to plan ahead and dream big about the rewards you can reap along your new journey.

Your 8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 4: Write and Visualize Meditation Scriptures:

Habakkuk 2:2

Proverbs 29:18

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