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  • Betty A. Burnett

Balancing the Scales

Do All to the Glory of God

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). This is another scripture that I use for what some call saying the grace or blessing of our food.  

This scripture also says that whatever we do should be done to glorify God. This does not mean that we cannot have fun and enjoy life in other ways. It means that we are to conduct our lives in such a godly way regardless of who we are around or wherever we may be.

This is my personal experience. Because of a recent health issue, I was advised to go on a simple sugar and low glycemic index diet, and the physician referred me to a nutritionist. In approximately one month of changing to a different lifestyle, I feel absolutely wonderful! I check my blood pressure regularly and it is great! 

To those who have health issues and are advised to stay away from certain foods, I encourage you to do so, and don’t wait until it’s too late.

Let’s see what the Word of God says about foods. Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

This means one needs to know that the Old Testament dietary restrictions are no longer effective, and this is the reason. The Israelites, God’s people, were to be different from the nations around them, so they were told not to eat unclean meats (Leviticus, chapter 11).

Since the Holy Spirit did not dwell in the people God would use something physical to show that they were different. In the New Testament (a new and better covenant) the Holy Spirit lives in us and the way we live should make a difference because others should be able to see our lights (Matthew 5:16).

Please don’t try to force someone to your way of doing things. That is control, and mostly because the ones who are doing this are not as knowledgeable of the Word as they think. God dealt with Peter about calling unclean what He had cleansed (Acts 10:15).

Peter still had the old covenant mind-set, that the Jews had no dealing with the Gentiles (they considered them dogs). But God had a plan for the Gentiles also; the Gentiles and Jews became one in Christ (Galatians 3:28-29).

I will caution those who know the truth about praying over the food and it even though it is sanctified by the Word and by prayer, that does not not mean you can eat whatever you want to eat and it is sanctified (made pure). Anyone who has health issues should use a diet plan that is suited for their condition. 

Don’t forget this, whatever we do should be done to the glory of God. Every day when we rise up, we should be giving God the glory!

~ Betty A. Burnett ~

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