A few days a month I go to the local pharmacy to pick up some scripts. As well as my periodic trips to the supermarket . At both locations as I wait in line, the magazine racks are strewn with what they are purveying as healthy living publications. The cover shots are generally of some misguided soul wearing so little that she might as well be nude. The faces of the individuals are either posed in a big broad toothy grin or what I would call a sinister seductive smile. In either case the magazine editors and their photographers are trying to lure you into the pages of the publication. The cover shots are in their eyes promoting healthy living. And they are pushing on you and me that to be healthy is to appear as the models do who work for them.
In other words to be seen as a seductive slut be they man or woman….showing as much flesh as they can get away with under the current laws. And attaining near zero body fat by living on a rabbit food and miniscule portions….will make everything all right for you and I. Nothing could be further from the truth in the eyes of God and in accordance with his word. I will begin with part of the definition of the word prosperity. Or what it is to prosper…To be in a state of wellbeing and comfortable. Now let’s take a look at what Gods word says about the unsaved person’s view of prosperity and health aside from Him. And Gods viewpoint on man’s ways that are not founded on His principles. Are you ready? OH And by the way. If you start to feel a little nauseous it’s not a virus. The book of Proverbs chapter 1 and verse 32.
The prosperity of fools will destroy them. Well that’s fairly blunt…And in James chapter 1 beginning in verse 13…Lets see what the temptation of the world can help us out with.. .Including such things as it promotes as being good and healthy. Let no man say when he is tempted…I am tempted by God. For God cannot be tempted with evil. And neither does he tempt any man. But every man and woman is tempted when they are drawn away by their own lust and enticed. Then when lust has conceived it brings forth sin. And sin when it is finished brings about death….the death spoken about here is spiritual. To be cast into hell and separated from Christ forever…
When we see these publications on the rack. The next step of the enticement process begins with the extending of the arm to grab them. Temptation my friend is a process. It is an evolution if you will of your will. At any time you could say no or yes. Notice if you will what James said under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He said when lust has conceived it brings forth sin. It is in fact a spiritual version of conception. An act of giving birth which we generally associate with a child. But there is more to the word conceive than meets the eye…To form or devise an idea in the mind. Ah yes my friend…the mind…and the heart of man. Proverbs chapter 14 and verse 12…There is a way which seems right to a man…and the way appears straight before him. But at the end of it is the way of death. And now for the heart of the matter. The book of the prophet Jeremiah chapter 17 and verse 9…The heart is deceitful above all things. And desperately wicked. Who can know it?
Deception and death is what God warns us about when we allow ourselves to be enticed by our mind and our heart. Now let’s get back to Gods view of our health and prosperity. We will begin in the third epistle of John verse 2. In case you’re wondering…there is only one chapter…..Beloved I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health. Even as your soul prospers…..Well looksee here. Health and prosperity has nothing to do with 10,000 sit ups and wearing a thong in Cancun. It says nothing about wearing red lipstick and a one piece with a gold zipper running up the front exposing your breasts! James says that as your soul prospers that health will follow. But you don’t know that. And do you know why? Because you don’t read your bible and pray. You and your father Satan have another set of rules and regulations that you adhere to. There is nothing wrong with exercise and eating well. But the fact is that so many westerners are so far down the path of lust and perversion that Satan has unleashed in the past 50 years. That they can no longer see the proverbial forest through the trees. It is also more than obvious to me and others as well, that you in your present sinful existence, relish people watching you prancing about in your yoga pants like some 2 bit hooker. And you mister wannabe playboy. All you want is to unveil your so called six pack as you jump headlong into hell with your girl toy out of wedlock into a bed of perversion. You will die in your sin as will millions of others like you. And you will meet your doom in the lake of fire with your father Satan and his minions. While I and my brothers and sisters in Christ will finally be free from the torment that is your existence. You and you alone have made a decision of the heart to walk down this path of destruction. But it is not now nor will it ever be Gods path. Turn away I say to you before its too late. Don’t buy into the lies and seduction of this world. Choose to live a life of godliness and contentment in Christ.
Proverbs chapter 3….My son…Do not forget my law or teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments. For length of days and years of a life worth living…and tranquility both inward and outward…continuing through old age until death…These will they add to you. Let not mercy and kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck and write them on the tablet of your heart. So shall you find favor, good understanding, and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Lean on, trust in and be confident in the Lord with all of your heart and mind. And do not rely on your own insight and understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge Him. And he will direct and make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes but reverently fear and worship the Lord. And turn away from evil. It shall be health to your nerves and sinews. And moistening to your bones….To be continued…….