“‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first.” Revelations 2:19
If only God had been able to stop right there and describing the Church of Thyatira. Instead God had to say but and how that they had been led away by false prophetesses. How they have been lead into sexual immorality and eating food sacrificed to idols.
Even as I wrote these last five words, I thought about how food has become so processed that it hardly contains natural ingredients. I recently was looking at peanut M&Ms and noticed it said “This food is bioengineered.” I realize it is not good for me. However, I thought I was just eating milk chocolate and peanuts. Or another example, I was looking at our favorite garlic salt. It contains sugar.
All these things that are added, to already processed foods, are being added for the sake of profit. God said the “love of mammon is the root of all evil”. It is a false spirit that we are offering our bodies too. The nutrients in our foods were sacrificed for profit. Greed – mammon. I realize some may see that as a stretch, but it’s what popped in my spirit to take notice of as I read this scripture.
It is so easy to read scripture and skim over it because it is talking to a specific people. However, God’s word is living. Yet, the Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. So there must be a reason for those words shared to specific people. It still has purpose in our life today.
I admit I struggle with weight. I have tried the better part of two decades to lose the “baby weight”. My baby now has babies! I like the convenience of processed foods. I have trained my palate to like those foods. I crave those foods, and my body goes through detox when I abstain. God cares about what I put in my body: So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 It is not clear that those manufacturing processed foods care about my health, the list of ingredients are generally not even recognizable as food.
I am not saying that processed food is food sacrificed to idols. I am just giving pause to the thought. I know that the Lord will really have to show me clearly what was spoken in my spirit as I read this passage. I have read it before without any conviction, I pray that He will speak clearly to me on this matter as I do want to honor Him and obediently follow His Word.
Prayer – Lord I want to honor you with every choice. I especially want to honor you and how I take care of the temple of the Holy Spirit. If you are directing me to fast of processed foods, I pray for clarity. I know it is something I would definitely need your empowerment on. Let me hear your voice clearly. In Jesus name Amen.