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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Organic Spirituality

Organic Spirituality

I have been on a real quest to get healthy. In my quest, I took up reading several books about eating and the lifestyle of health God intended for us to have. All of these books sent me on a search for "organic" foods so I wanted to know exactly what that meant....

The word organic food does not only apply to the food from your own home garden, but also to the store bought food products, in which no synthetic artificial inputs are used. In the contemporary times, the term organic food is usually used in reference to the certified organic foods. It has been claimed by health experts that organic food is more nutritious. Some of the features that can be associated with organic food are more attention to quality, good taste, proper selection of crop varieties etc. Organic foods contain phenolic compounds that protect you from developing heart disease and cancer. Organic food ensures high food quality, which other conventional foods cannot commit. Since organic food is natural and fresh, it boasts off its rich taste.
excerpt from: Organic Food Facts / emphasis mine

To sum it up, organic food is food that is closest to the way God created it. The way He designed it is fortifying and nutritious. It is full of good things that give us energy, vitamins, and minerals and they help our bodies function as they were designed to.

Matthew 12:33 tells us that an apple tree can bear good fruit or it can bear bad fruit. So, that means just because a tree has apples it doesn't mean that they are good. Our apples today are full of pesticides and altered genes. They are not the way God created them. It has become the same way with the fruits of the spirit.

Galatians 5:22 lists the fruits of the spirit and patience is one of them. Does that mean that all patience is good? No. Satan is very patient. He has roamed this earth since the fall of Adam and he continues to wait but that doesn't make the patience he shows "good".

Another example is that a person who exhibits the fruit of faithfulness isn't necessarily good either. Let's say a person is faithful to their spouse until one of them perishes but the reason they remained faithful was due to pride. Does that make the fruit good? Again, the answer is no. The goodness of the fruit is dependent on the condition of the heart.

We must have a right heart to exhibit Godly fruit, organic fruit. The kind that nourishes and is free of harmful things. We want to produce the kind that fortifies the body and helps it to function the way He designed it to.

Oh yeah, God recycles too...

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who
love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Questions To Ponder:

  • In what ways have you been bearing "good" fruit with your heart right before God?
  • In what ways has your fruit been less than healthy and how can you change that?
  • How can you recycle some things in your life to benefit the kingdom?
  • What do you intend to do to walk in a healthier lifestyle, spiritually?

Morning Prayer:

Father, thank you for the wonderful world you have given me to enjoy and tend to. Thank you for the realization that your intention has always been for us to be closest to the way you designed us, like your son, Jesus Christ. Help me to remember to stay pure with my motives so my fruit will be healthy and edifying to the body. Help me to uproot any fruit that isn't good and replant it with seeds of righteousness. In the name of your precious son, my savior, Jesus Christ.

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Blogger Denise said...

Such a good post, thanks.

May 28, 2008 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger Grateful Gramma said...

Thanks for the interesting perspective on the fruits of the Spirit, Amy. I'd never thought of the "flip side" before.

I also love the idea of God's recycling.

May 28, 2008 at 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been convicted lately of leading my household into a healthier eating lifestyle. This blog was God's third time to mention of it to me! What books have you read about a Biblical diet? I would love to read them.

May 28, 2008 at 6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Oh yeah, God recycles too..."

(Romans 8:28)

THAT is one of my favorite things about God!!! Awesome word!

May 28, 2008 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger DeeDee said...

"Oh yeah, God recycles too...."

I love it!

I found you from "The Preacher's Wife" I love her new lay-out. You did a wonderful job. Maybe one day soon ... I will re-do mine. :)


May 28, 2008 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger windycindy said...

I have always heard that what isn't man made is healthier! I really enjoyed reading your post. Thanks,

May 28, 2008 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger LauraLee Shaw said...

Excellent analogy for spiritual living. The kind that flows naturally is that which is consumed by the Holy Spirit. Love this, Amy.

May 29, 2008 at 8:18 AM  

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