As you read these texts, God may reveal something to you that is especially applicable to your life. The great thing about Bible study is that the Spirit of God, in response to our prayers for help, will lead us to truth (John 17: 17) that meets our particular needs. --Cindy Tutsch
3 John 2
God would like us to guard our health as carefully as we guard our characters. Maybe it's as important to take a walk every day as it is to say our prayers!
1 Corinthians 3: 16, 17
Our bodies are the "houses" where the Holy Spirit lives. Destroying the Holy Spirit's house is dangerous business. Smoking causes emphysema, heart and lung disease, cancer--definitely destructive stuff.
Galatians 5: 22, 23
One of the fruits of the Spirit that indicates we have been converted or born again, is self control. God wants to give us control over binging, purging, overeating, under eating, eating between meals, eating excessive sugar and fat, and all the other destructive behaviors with which Satan tantalizes us.
Proverbs 20: 1
Alcohol is bad news. In addition to impairing our judgment and reflexes, it permanently destroys brain cells, a loss most of us can't afford!
Proverbs 23: 31, 32
Another warning about booze.
The original diet--in a nutshell!
Deuteronomy 14: 6,9
If you do choose to eat meat, steer clear of unclean ones. (Basic rule: clean animals chew their cud and have split hooves, like the cow. Pigs don't chew the cud, so they're unclean. Clean fish have scales and fins, like trout. Eels, shrimp, and crab are unclean. Check out Leviticus 11 for more detailed information).
Following God's specs on these issues is really important to our present and ultimate happiness!
God wants us to be energetic and free from disease!
1 Corinthians 10:31
Adam and Even blew it over appetite. Satan's first temptation to Jesus in the wilderness featured appetite. Intemperance spells SELFISHNESS. When we think of Jesus hanging mangled and bleeding on the cross representing the exact opposite of selfishness, it makes us not want to destroy this body for which He died.
DID YOU KNOW....
Caffeine is the drug of choice for most teens? Did you know that research indicates caffeine may cause or increase the likelihood of developing cancer, particularly of the bladder and pancreas, hypertension, muscle tremors, heart palpitations, central nervous system disturbances, nervousness, insomnia, chromosome damage, ulcers, and irritability, also it may raise blood pressure and cause damaging fluctuations in blood sugar.