Lifestyle Support for Healthier Living
At 33 years of age my health collapsed and I suffered poor health for a full decade. Inspired by the story of the prophet Daniel in the Old Testament, who is my namesake, I sought out the Lord and asked Him what I needed to do in order to have my health restored to me. He spoke to me plainly as one man speaks to another and gave me instructions. I followed those instructions with exactness and came to enjoy the sweet fruits of obedience to His voice.
Since 2000 when I first receive these instructions, further instructions have been given to me from time to time to help me better understand His ways and what is required to operate His perfect plan for both body and spirit. Our greatest potential for health may only be realized as physical and spiritual laws of health are obeyed. We retain a remission of poor health as we remember the Lord always, obey His voice with exactness, and keep all His laws, statutes, and commandments.
God has a plan for each of us. The recommended 12-Step Plan deals primarily with physical laws of health. However step 12 of the plan includes instructions and a free booklet that has been written to help you lay hold upon the spiritual laws whereby a remission of poor health may be received and retained. Before going on to 12-Steps to Wholeness, let's review the story of Daniel:
The Israelite prophet Daniel was was taken into captivity in 605 BC at the time Babylon conquered Israel. He served Babylon’s kings as a counselor for 74 years and is known for his wise counsel, prophecies, and influence that led to the granting of permission for all Israelite slaves to return from Babylon to their homeland of Israel. As a young slave, Daniel found that the palace foods did not enable the physical and mental strength or wisdom he was accustomed to. He asked the keeper of the slaves if he and his Israelite friends could eat according to their Israelite customs rather than eat the king’s meat and drink the king’s wine. A 10-day test was set up to see how Daniel and his friends would fare if they were allowed to eat pulse instead of meat and to drink water instead of wine. They were also allowed to enjoy all the fresh seasonal produce they desired from the marketplace. According to the record, which is recognized as the first nutritional food trial recorded in the annals of history, as Daniel and his friends improved their diet they became wiser, stronger, and more physically active than all other palace slaves and were thereafter permitted to eat after the Jewish customs indefinitely.
Daniel was nearly 100 years old when the record ceases to mention his name in connection with his service to Babylon’s kings. It is likely that He would not have fulfilled his purposes on earth had his physical and mental strength been impaired by diet. Rather than becoming stronger, more active, and wiser than other slaves and counselors, he likely would not have lived as long and would have become obese, disabled, and diminished in body, mind, and spirit. His longevity as the king’s most trusted advisor would have been significantly curtailed, or may not have taken place at all.
Each of us can enable our divine health potential by following the example of the prophet Daniel who secured God’s everlasting promise of temporal and spiritual welfare and lived a long and productive life. As a nation we have forgotten God's laws of health and now experience the highest rates of obesity, disability, and self-inflicted, diet-induced diseases in the world. Sadly, most today overlook their health and thereby forfeit one of life’s most cherished possessions. Many who feel healthy do not realize what a blessing they have until they lose it. Many who lose their health cannot regain it because they do not know how to do so. Often, only those whose health undergoes a serious challenge are willing to consider a change in attitude toward physical and spiritual laws that enable vitality, longevity, and the ability to fulfill one’s greatest purposes in life.
With so much confusion regarding dietary recommendations today, as you get started with Daniel's Challenge, consider God's wisdom and trust in He who canst not lie and whose wisdom is greater than all the earth. From holy writ we find various writings about God's diet for man, which I have summarized into the simple paragraph that follows:
“All things which cometh of the earth including grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, seasonal fruits, vegetables, and animals are made for the benefit and use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul."
To avoid diminished health from unnecessarily coming upon your body, meat of animals should be used only sparingly and with thanksgiving and judgment, and not to excess, neither by extortion (coercion). Moreover, it pleases God when man limits his use of animal-based foods to times of winter, cold, or famine.
Accept Daniel's Challenge to trust in God's dietary wisdom, and as you do so please enjoy each of the following supportive links to Daniel's Challenge: