Tuesday February 4th 2020
Memorise: Put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Proverbs 23:2
Read: Proverbs 23:21 (KJV)
21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
Read: Proverbs 25:16 (KJV)
16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
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Sing hymn 27
As much as food is necessary for humans to stay alive, it could also be the cause of untimely death for some.
This is primarily because such people have refused to exercise moderation and care in their food intake. Today’s memory verse says you should control your appetite, exercise restraint even if it appears you may die by doing so. Don’t be like Esau who, because of hunger, in Genesis 25:32 claimed:
“Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profits shall this birth right do to me?”
Listen: You will not die by exercising discipline on yourself. It is indiscipline that kills. Sometimes ago, some rats were used for an experiment. They were put in two groups – A and B. The ones in the first group – A, were fed very well, thus they grew fresh and robust while the ones in group B were given fewer rations, so they were not as fat as those in the first group. After some time, all the rats were injected with the same measure of a disease. Those in group A died while those in B survived.
The researchers found a strong connection between overfeeding and the failure of the rats in group A to survive the disease. Watch the quantity of food you consume, especially when you are about to go to bed. It may be difficult at the start, but keep at it, your body will adjust.
Avoid junk and genetically modified food. As much as possible, reduce how often you take canned food. In fact, eating too much processed food has been linked with the development of cancer. It is best to eat organic fruits and vegetables as they are healthy. Grow some of your food if you can.
God is interested in your spiritual wellbeing but He is also very interested in your health. That is why He took care of sicknesses through the stripes on His body (Isaiah 53:5) before His crucifixion for your sins at Calvary. He needs you to take care of your body because the healthier you are, the more effective you will be in His service.
It is foolish to eat dangerously and expect to live in divine health.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
The Elevation Church (TEC) has been set up by God to develop its members as witnesses of Christ while empowering them to achieve the highest levels of distinction in life, led by Pastor Godman Akinlabi, the church is based in Nigeria with multiple expressions in Lagos.