Don’t eat that! It’ll make you sick!

Let me start by giving everyone a quick update on a situation you may have heard about.


About 4 weeks ago we had alerted the congregation to someone sending really bad emails - arguably evilnot the person but the emails- to a couple of members of our congregation. A week later we were able to identify the person and let everyone know we were working with him and also the victims to try to bring healing to everyone. So that's a pretty good way to sum it up.


So, the offender was found and is now working on repentance, reconciliation and restitution and is meeting weekly with one of the pastors and we hope to see the broken person who did broken things healed and of course those who were injured restored as well.


In fact, I will be doing a sermon with details in March- but the graphic confession of brokenness will be mine not someone else's!


So, this is my dinner tonight (butter toffee peanuts) - Kelly is gone for a few days, so I am basically eating...well, not such good stuff

AND my family is pretty healthy food conscious- fanatical, militant one might say! So, this is risky for me!


I just got off the phone with daughter #3 Syd and she said, " Dad, seriously don't eat that! I will send you some money if you need it to eat healthy!"

Well, I told her – actually the problem is I just have these habits-


Like this- I love this- its mac and cheese- not the healthy version

BUT this- this milk is organic AND grass fed- that’s big now - grass fed

so, I pay 3x times for this milk and this butter - healthy- very healthy.


Basically, Kelly and the girls - mostly the girls- all 4 got really serious about what we eat and how it's processed and how fats are good and sugar- well sugar is basically evil!


And not just my girls- in the US now it's a huge boom- organic, grass fed, natural, free range- I mean eggs? It’s almost overwhelming how many adjectives I need to check for before I buy eggs these days- not cage free-- no no- FREE Range in the sun. Got it- now.


Ok, so if you want some advice on all this, I will be happy to connect you with any one of my four girls BUT I feel like while many of us are now really thinking about what we eat there is still a major and I mean major issue in our diet or lifestyles and this is my message:


Do you consider what you feed your spirit the same way? Your mind and emotions and ultimately your spirit,


I'll be honest I have always been pretty strict about what I eat spiritually, mentally and emotionally- and as the girls were growing up, we often talked about how KEY this is.


For example- how impactful it was what we said to each other and how we talked to ourselves- self talk as an indicator of what you're thinking. AND that words DO Matter- they do.


In fact, some of you may know of a Japanese author, Dr Emoto, who wrote a 2004 best seller in which he claimed to be able to change water crystals by talking to them. If he spoke love and kind words, the crystals were beautiful


But if he used negative words and language the crystals represented those thoughts as well like this:



I'm not sure this is completely scientific, but my girls loved this- and of course the human body is like 65% water right? It clicked for them- they would remind each other- "don't talk to my water that way!" OR" don't talk to YOUR water that way! " In other words no negative talking.


Maybe as we grow up, we are more at risk with our self-talk than we are mean people saying mean things to us- its basically the same though- it is said that your subconscious does not understand kidding -- that it is very literal- so when someone says "don't be stupid" or jokingly calls you a name many would say there is damage- I would say that. You might know in part of your brain- that's not true!... but another part got hurt believing it was!


So here is what I see- the Bible shares such truths with us but many in the church world miss them- and often NON-Christians see stuff which we have missed!


A couple of weeks ago Madoka-san was talking about how in her life coaching training she is seeing that there are many things which are being presented - how to improve yourself or be better or improve your self-image and self-esteem and .... most are truths she can see, and we might see in the Bible!


Here is one of those big truths we often miss and those outside the church often see-


How we think…. and what we think about matters. How we believe matters and what you think is the source of what you believe and finally what we say.

Thinking believing and what we say are the food of our spirits - I will just say Spirit but you can understand I mean right? a mix of your mind and emotions and that your deepest self - your spirit absorbs through the mind and your emotions.


The passages for today are two of my favorites in the Bible because I believe they are super practical and true and literally.... life transforming.


Let's look at this one again- in Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs] but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].


Here is a big truth- this past week we had a fun discussion about why we as Christians seem to still have struggles- issues with acting like Christians! And one key point is in this passage- that we are not suddenly changed but rather we are being transformed and progressively changed - how? BY renewing our minds.


Let me offer a couple of examples- one of the ways we renew our minds is to fill it with scripture- which I feel is a supernatural experience and not just words from a book.


Kelly and I have a practice of reading the One-year Bible every day- this is a great, easy, and fun way to fill your mind with God's word. We use the New Living Translation so it's also very user friendly. You can use the daily reading guide of passages for that day:

https://www.oneyearbibleonline.com/readingplan/oneyearbiblereadingplan.pdf

OR

you can get a One Year Bible:

https://www.amazon.com/One-Year-Bible-NLT/dp/1414302045

OR

you can listen to the day's passages with commentary - for free! https://audio.oneyearbibleonline.com


In fact, all this info is on our website under Events at KUC. Let me know if you want one of these Bibles and I will get and send you one on me!


Here is another practical example. I'm sure I've mentioned this before


In 2012 when I first got diagnosed with my cancer it was a little bit overwhelming and the doctors had a lot to say that wasn't easy to hear and it was pretty powerful and convincing!

But I can remember early on feeling like God was saying to me be sure you spend AT LEAST as much time with me and my opinion as you do with the doctors’ reports and googling your condition!


Philippians 4:8 says


Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].


I used to think it's funny how people would talk about having dreams with meaning – like from God- but in the last two years I seem to get them a lot, anyway, and gives me mixed feelings sharing but here was the dream:


In my dream I had just received some kind of a bad test result. I was a kid, and I was talking to another kid and they asked about the result and I said,

“yeah, it wasn’t good”, and they said:

“OK but “what did your dad say?” “What did your dad say?”


I remember waking up and smiling and thinking that's so funny - what did your dad say? that's who we need to really go to and ask hey dad- God- abba- dad


“what do you have to say about this situation? about my condition? about this issue or challenge in life?!”


What you say, God, is more important and more powerful than what anyone else says.


I can tell you- this is a habit, a discipline, something we need to value, then practice- like healthy eating or working out

we need to know what our Dad has to say and then remind ourselves and know- there is opposition, and it may require effort and a bit of a fight.


Over the years Kelly and I have found that breakthrough for people we have been counseling has typically occurred in primarily two areas:


The first has been a need for some kind of forgiveness of someone. This has weirdly been a breakthrough for healing and for so many things that were somehow tied to unforgiveness or forgiveness-- in other words their need to forgive.


The second area we've seen over and over is that people have somehow believed something that I will simply say is not true. We call it a lie and in our talking with people we ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what is the lieand what is the truth.

There is some kind of deception that has occurred, and this has messed someone up and so we use the Bible, the word of God, but we also ask the Holy Spirit to show us what is the truth that replaces this lie. Again, it matters what we think, it matters what we believe, and it matters what we say. We like to call this Truth Therapy.


In 2 Corinthians 10:5 it says


We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ,


And can I add this… IF there is an enemy (like the Bible says) one of its main strategies is to lie- even when Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness – it shows Satan using scripture and what we might call “part truths”- some part was true, but this was a wrong application or a misquote-


BEWARE he does the same with us- the enemy will use pieces of truth to trick you. And in a sense hook you with some little thing that is arguably partly, maybe, a little true?

And then what usually happens next is this: The rethinking and replaying- in one’s head- “I can’t believe she said Blah blah blah!” and so I injure MYSELF now by replaying the whole thing-


It’s like I got stabbed and it was horrible and now I remember and replay the scene to remember and…. stab myself again to remember! This may sound silly or made up, but I guarantee you we see this over and over and with most people we work with.


It’s often said bitterness is anger reheated or rethought, over and over.


So, my hope for us all today is this- to recognize it matters what you eat! You are what eat! Well, that’s a saying- for us – as believers – the Bible tells us


Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23

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