Eat, Drink, and be Merry

Our God-given righteousness

“In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off]. . .But The [Holy] Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach, . . . to abstain from [certain kinds of] foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and have [an increasingly clear] knowledge of the truth. For everything God has created is good, and nothing is to be thrown away or refused if it is received with thanksgiving. For it is hallowed and consecrated by the Word of God and by prayer. . . But refuse and avoid irrelevant legends (profane and impure and godless fictions, mere grandmothers’ tales) and silly myths, and express your disapproval of them. Train yourself toward godliness (piety), [keeping yourself spiritually fit].”
– Galatians 5:1; I Timothy 4:1, 3-5, 7

Define Godliness
— Holiness
– consecrated; devoted; set apart (1 Peter 1:13-16)
— Righteousness
– in right standing with; justified by faith (Romans 3:20-22)

“Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things). Everything is lawful for me, but I will not become the slave of anything or brought under its power. Food [is intended] for the stomach and the stomach for food, but God will finally end [the functions of] both and bring them to nothing. . .”
– 1 Corinthians 6:12-13

* Romans 14

“And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely.”
– Genesis 1:31

* Acts 10:15

In current times, we have fallen prey to societal standards and have forsaken our original God-given righteousness. As stated in Galatians, Christ died to set us free from the bondage which worldly law instigated. In our hap-hazardness to holdfast to the joy and peace He bestowed upon us, we have adopted worldly views on that which God has freely given us.
In the beginning (Genesis), God created and said “It is good”. This referred to everything. When God assigned us that which was to be our food, no specific element was highlighted and distinguished as inedible, in the beginning.
Throughout the Old Testament (covenant promises of times past), several laws were established governing specifics of what persons in various sects (religions, cultures, tribes) were allowed to consume. If one did not eat these things prepared in a particular way, or if one ate something that was not on the list, legal consequences could ensue. The covenant promises of times past were based on one’s submission to the various laws, but the covenant promises of Today are based on our stance before God (righteousness). In Today, we are free from the law and governed by our faith in God. This government determines how and what we will receive from Him.
Pertaining to the food we consume, God created all elements of any ingredient used in any recipe included in any meal. . .and He said, “it is good”. We have all come in contact with various “fad diets” that suggest certain foods are never to be consumed, or even some so extreme as to suggest that certain food groups should be deleted completely. Allowing societal sources to describe eating habits causes us to relinquish the revelation of Galatians 5:1, leads us into the trap that 1 Timothy 4:1-3 warns us about, avoids the understanding of 1 Corinthians 6:12-13, and denies Genesis 1:31.

The bottom line:
People are quick to blame their excessive weight gain on food, saying “it made me fat” (as if the food itself used a ladder to climb up the side of the person’s leg and nailed fat deposits to it). They then state as an absolute that that food is “bad”. Over time, as they converse with others, their absolute statement becomes initiated as some type of “law” and a sect of the population decide to capitalize on it with various unsubstantiated marketing schemes. These are known today as “fad diets”. A “fad” is only a current fashion trend, it holds very little if any truth and its life is determined by the popularity of the person or persons promoting it. In other words, “this too shall pass”, and, when it does, it incessantly leaves its former slave dejected and discourage as well as worse off then they were at the start. Other characterizations of “fad diets” are promised results outside of substantiated scientific evidence, whether it is a guarantee of a certain number of pounds, lost in a certain and short period of time or a certain number of inches dissolved after only a short period of time.
When God created the human body, he delicately determined the necessity for its functioning yet intricately set different baseline standards for every individual. This baseline is distinguished by an individual’s purpose in life. These include Basal Metabolic Rate, Functioning Metabolic Rate, Muscle Fiber Consistency, Caloric Expenditure, Bone Density, Bone Size, Lean Muscle Mass, etc. Everybody is the same, yet everybody is different. We all need the six basic nutrients, but some need more than others. Because of this, the way, time, and particular foods a person chooses may be different than another. This does not make any one food or food group “bad”; it just means that one person’s body interprets a certain element different than another person’s body interprets that same element.
The only way for us to know for certain if a particular book belongs to a particular library is to go to the librarian and ask them to examine the book to see if it belongs on one of their shelves. In the same way, the only way for us to know for certain if a particular food is for us is to go to God and ask Him. One author states it as asking God, “What is your pathway for me on this issue?”
Seek guidance from Galatians 5:22-23, [W.O.W.],
The evidence of the Holy Spirit’s presence within the human spirit
are acts orchestrated by the following standard of measurement. Every act of the person possessing a spirit that is guided by the Holy Spirit is: motivated by love, results in joy, brings peace, carried out in patience, demonstrates kindness, shows goodness, exhibits faithfulness, accomplished with gentleness, and an operation of self-control. Actions held to this standard cannot be condemned by the righteous judge.
It is important for you to evaluate yourself to assess your motivation for action toward a certain end. If you decide for yourself to partake of or not partake of a particular commodity, it should be because you have understood that that is your “pathway” or means to a certain end. If God has led you to this action, then all nine fruits listed above will be properly ripened in your heart and there will be no discontent within yourself. Beware of pushing your views on others. It is important that we encourage those in our realm of influence to devote themselves to God as we have, but we must remember that they have a particular purpose and pathway from God as well and we should inspire them to discover that which God has for them.

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