When it comes to disease and ill health, there is an inquiry that causes one principle of truth to open up before our eyes.
Question: Do flies cause garbage or does garbage cause flies? Of course the answer is that garbage causes the flies. Now herein lies is a deep and profound principle underlying both the disease process and the hold sin has upon us. Allow me to illustrate how this principle relates to the disease process. Bacteria and viruses are opportunists. They search for food to sustain themselves, just as we do. They appear to only feed on things that are dead or dying. They do not feed upon healthy substances such as healthy cells in the body, but they will have a feeding frenzy if there are sick or diseased cells in the body. Most of us have grown up with the theory that bacteria causes disease. We were taught that anyone can catch a cold if a bacteria or a virus just happens to catch us off guard, not so. Yes, a bacteria can find its way down the throat of a healthy person but when it finds nothing to feed upon, when it has no reason to be in the body because there is nothing to feed upon, it is promptly dealt with, destroyed and expelled by the immune system. But if you are an individual who has the wrong diet and lifestyle, you have created a wonderful restaurant for infectious disease to eat at.
God never designed us to be feeding stations for bad bacteria. But when we disobey and go against the laws of health and those of nature ordained by God for our own benefit, we create a place where those laws work against us. On the spiritual aspect, when we hold onto thoughts that we should not be holding onto, we create a toxic, spiritual environment conducive to the presence of sin. It is feeding your mind with substances that will give evil/sin something to feed upon. Just like the bad bacteria, Satan cannot just enter any life and wreak havoc with that life unless he has a valid reason to be there (remember he walketh about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, 1 Peter 5:8) So be alert. It is the wrong kind of thinking and acting that creates the perfect habitat for the enemy of Christ to dwell in. We prepare ourselves for this soul-destroying guest through the inappropriate use of our five senses.
Our senses are the only avenues through which Satan can destroy us. Interestingly, our five senses are also what God uses to reach us, to save us into His everlasting Kingdom. (Oh taste and see that The Lord is good Psalm 34:8; He who touches you touches the apple of My eye Zechariah 2:8; an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God; behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon 1 John 1:3; So faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God Rom 10:17).
Our five senses are very much involved in our food choices as well. If it smells good we want to try it; if it tastes good we want more of it; if it has a pleasant chewy texture we long for it; if we see that it looks tempting we get hungry for it; if it has a nice sizzle on the pan we become interested in it. But our five senses should never be allowed to rule over reason, God gave us a brain to think and through this brain He wants to effect all our senses for acceptable and reasonable service Rom 12:1. We need to ask if I eat this, what kind of flesh will it make; how will it affect my health; will it make healthy cells sick, or make sick cells healthy? Will I be creating a niche for bad bacteria to live in or will they find me not as appetising and luxurious for their dining habits?
It is the same principle for our spiritual life. What kind of a mind will I develop by reading this? What kind of thoughts will enter my mind if I watch this? What kind of emotions will be stirred by listening to this? What will happen to my cognitive processes by eating stimulating foods and beverages? When we analyse the whole picture, our choices, both mental and physical, will seal us for life or death. Certain foods not only create diseased cells but they also create diseased brain. If the body is sick so is the brain. These two entities cannot be separated from each other without death. Perhaps this illustrates the fact that diet is a salvational issue simply because If we restrict our brain’s function through what we are eating we have blunted our ability to comprehend spiritual matters. This obviously has consequences.
Jesus speaking to his disciples said, “the prince of this world cometh and hath nothing in me” (John 14:30). Why?? There was no sin in Christ’s life that satan could use to gain access to Him. There was nothing for satan to feed upon or claim as his. This is the condition that Christ’s followers are to be in when He returns (Rev 14:4). Their sins have gone beforehand and have been blotted out. They cannot be brought to mind by themselves and when the accuser of the brethren satan tries to bring them up, he will have no case for their sins have been blotted out through Jesus' blood.
When we treat our bodies right by following the laws of health which are as divine as the Moral law (Exodus 20), our bodies are cleansed from disease, so that when bad bacteria come to us, they have nothing to feed upon! God’s original plan for our diet is the best for keeping our bodies in a sinless state (see Gen1 and Gen2). The apostle Paul said “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).
Enjoy the five wonderful senses that God has given you but do not detach them from the brain before use; otherwise, sin will have something to feed upon..