We Can’t “Name and Claim” Our Health {The Real Truth about Real Food}

This post may be a little controversial, but it’s something that’s been weighing on my heart for a while. And I recently discovered that I’m not the only one who’s been burdened to share. 

Today I’m joining Stacy, Christy, and Anne in a one-day blog hop we’ve entitled “The Real Truth about Real Food.”

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When I started researching holistic health and real food, it wasn’t long before I realized that the whole concept of natural health and wellness could easily become an idol. And there are many Christians whose goal turns from spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ (salvation for the lost through His redemptive act on the cross) to spreading the “good news” of health, wealth, and prosperity. 

I could easily name specific preachers or “diets” that claim that if we only adhere to this or that principle, we will never suffer here on this earth. But I won’t mudsling. However, I encourage you to wisely weigh each sermon, article, blog post, and words from well-meaning friends. 

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Can we “name and claim” our health? Can eating well–a 100% organic diet–ensure long life and prosperity? Is eating in such a way and taking care of our bodies through holistic care–such a chiropractic, acupuncture, etc.–obedience to God? And, if so, will God bless us for our efforts?

If you know Christ as your Savior, I believe your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. And as such, you (we) should take care of that temple. 

I Corinthians 6:19-20 says: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body,”

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But honoring God with our bodies does not mean we will have no troubles in this world. In fact, Jesus said in John 16:33: “In this world you will have trouble. B)”>But take heart! I have overcome C)”>the world.”

Those troubles may equal different things for different people. For some, it may be illness. For others it may be financial difficulties or a strained marriage. Regardless, Jesus didn’t promise a trial-free life

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However, there are those who preach that we can simply quote healing Scriptures out of context, and, if we have enough faith and put forth enough effort, God will give us health and wealth here on earth. 

If God blesses only those who eat healthy and spend money on premium holistic healthcare, what are we to say to:

  • the single mother who can barely afford groceries–much less grassfed meats and raw milk,
  • the elderly couple who survives on medicare to meet their medical needs–and visiting holistic health practitioners is simply not an option,
  • the large family, who has chosen to invest in biblical homeschooling curriculum over a 100% organic diet,
  • and, lastly, to the millions of men, women, and children living in extreme poverty in the third world? The very people who can chose to live on GMO corn–or not eat at all?
Has God forsaken these people? Will the Lord reward the wealthy (and I use that term loosely…my family is actually considered low income, but compared to the rest of the world, we are incredibly rich!) Americans who choose to eat a real food diet and embrace natural health, while He watches those in poverty die because they made “poor choices”?

This ultimately puts us in control of our own health and reduces God–the Creator of the Universe–to no more than a glorified genie in a bottle. 

The truth is, we are not in control

As Psalm 103:19 says: “His Sovereignty rules over all.”

Have you ever struggled with thinking that “if only” you could live a 100% healthy lifestyle that God would bless you more? What are your thoughts?

Be sure to visit the other ladies in today’s hop:

Stacy: Food is Not Your God
Anne: Real Food, Real People
Christy: A Realistic Perspective on Real Food in a Very Real World

I’m linking up to: Real Food WednesdayPennywise PlatterFight Back FridayDeep Roots at HomeGrowing HomeFar Above RubiesTime-Warp Wife and Raising HomemakersThe Better MomWomen Living Well, The Prairie Homestead Traditional Tuesday,  Healthy 2Day Wednesdays,  Simple Lives ThursdayLive Renewed

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  1. Deitra Brunner says

    A very timely article as i have been researching more healthy options. The Bible verse, “They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:18) kept coming to me, but I would push it aside as I devoured (what was I eating?) yet another article on health.
    As late as this morning, I saw that my research started veering off into who is producing what–local farmers do good work; which company is not health conscious–oh, I won’t buy anymore of their products; what the politician’s agendas are–I knew…wait a minute! Politics? I NEVER get involved in politics!
    I was beginning to see how I was getting off track. I was commenting on posts that I would normally just bypass and I was posting items that before did not hold any interest to me, and in all honesty they still don’t, I just found myself angry.
    Also as late as this morning before I even got up I prayed and talked to God. Yes, I want to get physically healthy but not at the expense of my spiritual health. And I was led to this article.
    Thank you so much for your obedience in posting the truth of this post; now I can go forward correctly.
    Stay Blessed,

  2. says

    Hi, I came over from Stacy’s blog. It’s amazing how Satan can get us off track and distract us from what God would have us do. He’ll use any means that works, won’t he? Great post!

  3. Nancy says

    Thank you. Blessings to you for speaking truth. God says to “give thanks in all things” . Whatever it is, including the food we have (organic or not etc.), if we obey Him in giving thanks, will He not bless it? I think so, not necessarily in physical health, but in spiritual blessings that can’t be measured. This life, no matter how healthy, is at best a “vapor”. Let’s really invest in what’s eternal.

  4. says

    Bless you, ladies. This has been on my heart also. How much money , time and energy are we women focusing on what we eat , that could be spent on our kids or our husbands??


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