Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Understanding God's Economy



Understanding God's Economy

A Vital Link In Your Health Stewardship Program

Economy is the management of resources with a view toward production and efficiency. The word comes from the Greek word oikonomia which relates to the steward of a house. The word is further broken down into the roots oikos, house and nomos, law. You could call God's economy the Rules of the House.

The economy of the world is operated according to man's wisdom. And often the root of that is the love of money. But God's economy is foolishness to man. God's economy uses the currency of love. Because God so loved the world... we can love. And when we love our neighbor as ourselves, we give God reign over our lives. Also faith is energized by love. Galatians 5:6,

"For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh (energeo, is energized) by love."
You want to increase your faith? Love your neighbor. Not the picture of an Ethiopian child with a distended belly. A neighbor. Neighbor means, "near one." If God sends you to Ethiopia or tells you to send money there, that's great. But don't be manipulated by people. There are lost and lonely people right next door. Heck, there are lost and lonely people in the church!

What does this have to do with health? Everything! If you want to be healthy, start by submitting to God's economy. Accept your place, in this moment, in the body of Christ and fulfil your ministry of reconciliation now. Everyone I know wants to connect with another person, to feel understood. If I am in the room with you, then you are my neighbor (near one) and I should serve you rather than myself. Then when I am moved with compassion and respond with word and deed, God will energize faith; yours and mine. If there is something you need, ask God to supply it. Then wait for Him. We often run into trouble by rushing to solve a problem without waiting on the Lord.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Health Stewardship Education

Health Stewardship Education

A Vital Link In Your Health Stewardship Program

Everyone growing up in the 50's or 60's remembers the familiar motto of Smokey the Bear, "Only YOU can prevent forest fires!" And I say, "Only YOU can steward your health!"

Health is a spiritual gift that we must steward. We need health to fulfil the commission to love our neighbor. God gives each of us time and opportunity to minister to others. But both time and opportunity pass. If we learn to submit to the laws of nature and steward our health, we may live a long a productive life.

If anyone desires healing, he must learn the principles of health that God designed. Then repent for the way he has treated his body and begin sowing the seeds of good health. Because poor health is simply the fruit of small seeds sown day by day, pleasing the flesh. We have believed the lies of the chemical companies, the government and the medical establishment, that man can do what ever he wants to the body, God's creation, without consequence.

It is common knowledge that artificial ingredients are harmful. That is why every other label in the grocery store says, "NATURAL". (They lie so easily!) Some think that they can disregard their daily habits and hope that modern medicine will cure them twenty years down the road. Others chase miracle vitamins and herbal formula fads to cover the multitude of their health "sins." But these approaches seldom yield lasting benefits. Health is not elusive if you understand the laws of physiology. But it requires a pursuit of knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

Knowledge is relatively easy to obtain. Buy a book and read it. This is the first step. After you have a little knowledge, you can discuss with your friends and exercise your brain by questioning the assumptions of the authors and others; not for the sake of argument, but for growth. The Pharisees marveled at young Jesus' questions. They did not seem offended by them; at least not at that time in his life. Similarly we must learn to discuss without causing offense; it is an art. This will test your knowledge and probably give you more questions. And you may persuade the other to consider your thoughts on the subject.

Here are some excellent books to start with:

  • Eat To Live, Fuhrman - Focuses on nutrient dense foods
  • The China Study, T. Colin Campbell, PhD & Thomas M Campbell II
  • Intuitive Eating, Humbart Santillo, HOHM Press available through H&FN
  • Why Christians Get Sick, George Malkmus
  • The Health Explosion, Robertson, 1983
  • The Science & Fine Art Of Natural Hygiene, Vol. I, Herbert Shelton
  • Toxemia, The Basic Cause of Disease, John Tilden, MD; Natural Hygiene Press
  • Wisdom's Way of Learning, Marilyn Howshall, available through Howshall Home Publications,23714 SE 250th, Maple Valley, WA 98038
  • Teaching & Learning America's Christian History, Slater, 1984, F.A.C.E.

Knowledge can be acquired by reading and listening, but understanding comes by asking the Lord to teach you a subject, searching the scriptures to establish the principles of your life. I never tell anyone to stop using the medical establishment or to do what I say. (Although, that is how some people may hear what I'm saying.) I refuse to be someone else's guru. Only YOU can steward your health. If you are only parroting the latest fad or submitting to your doctor, you will be ruled by fear and unbelief in a crisis. You must come to your own convictions based on principles you have made your own.

Wisdom is the jewel. What is the wise thing to do in a situation? Wisdom grows with time and experience in submission to principles. I thank God that he gives wisdom in the moments when we are moved with compassion; when we act out of love. And He makes good come of it. In Proverbs many chapters are devoted to knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Ponder them and apply them as principles in your life.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Start your health stewardship education by forsaking the false doctrines of modern medicine. Examine every "fact" promoted in your reading in light of God's Word. He created us and the food we should eat. If you are still able to make decisions for yourself, you can regain your health and freedom.

I hope you make yourself a regular visitor of The Health & Freedom Network. Health Stewardship will cause your faith to grow.



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