Today I decided to make a concerted effort to eat healthier. So, I went into my office and searched my limited library books on healthy living. To my surprise, I dusted off a book entitled Your Body Can Heal Itself. Within its pages, the book cover boasted there were 87 foods that everyone should eat. As I flipped through the book’s pages, my attention was captured by a bold sentence that read: “Pleasant way to keep cancer at bay”.
Those words grabbed my attention because earlier this morning I had just completed my 16th radiation treatment for breast cancer. And guess what ‘pleasant’ food product was named to keep cancer at bay?—PRUNES!
Now, prunes are a first cousin to plums and according to the book’s assertions(*), both fruits have a high concentration of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and K, fiber and potassium. After Googling the health benefits of those ingredients, I thought, in a humorous fashion, how similar their benefits were in accordance with God’s remedy for healthy living.
Take a look at these ingredients for prunes and plums:
- Vitamin A – Important for growth and development of the immune system and for good vision.
- Vitamin C – Necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissue your body can’t produce.
- Vitamin K – The blood clotting vitamin that plays an important role in bone health by helping to prevent osteoporosis.
- Fiber – Dried plums are famous for keeping a person ‘regular’ and assist in keeping your digestive system running smoothly.
- Potassium – Fresh plums helps to support blood pressure, cardiovascular health, bone strength, and muscle strength
Some of you may not know this, but one of my most favorite scriptures is this: “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7 (You should also know that the latter part of this verse is to become my epitaph.)
So, in order to compare the benefits of plums/prunes, I sought the Lord and He heard my cry and delivered me from all my inquiries and gave me an understanding of how His Holy Word benefits me in much the same way as eating right. The principal difference being that food benefits are temporal; God’s benefits are eternal.
Now, take a look at God’s biblical ingredients:
The Holy Spirit entered my thought process: It will be well, my child, in addition to consuming vitamin pills and fruits, to also remember that my Word holds wisdom, truth and knowledge for your growth and development not only now but also for eternity in my Father’s house:
For your growth, development and vision: “My word is a lamp unto YOUR feet, and a light unto YOUR path.” Psalm 119:105 Amen!
For your blood pressure: “He (Jesus) did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. The blood of those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ (that never clots nor is too high or too low), who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! (now and forever more)” Hebrews 9:12-14 Hallelujah!
For keeping you ‘regular’ as I did for Paul: “But those things were gain to me (Paul), those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: For whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” Philippians 3:7, 8 Glory Be to God!
In other words, God’s ‘Vitamin’ is the Holy Bible!
(*) NOTE: Information collected from Your Body Can Heal Itself is for information only. It does not constitute medical advice or practice.
Scripture Lesson: “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelations 3:20
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