Welcome to the Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony podcast, a companion podcast to the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony message series. This is episode #49. My name is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International. The purpose of this podcast is to share with you, from a biblical perspective, the means by which we can combat and overcome the sin of gluttony and its outcome of obesity.
Our passage from the Word of God today is Romans 13:13-14 which reads: “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to CNN, It’s more bad news for America’s growing waistline: a new study finds excess belly fat is associated with a higher risk of early death from any cause, regardless of how much overall body fat you have. In women, each 10-centimeter increase in belly fat raised the risk of death from any cause by 8%. For men, each 10-centimeter increase in girth raised the risk by 12%. The better news: according to the study published by the The BMJ, larger hips and thighs are associated with a lower risk of early death. That may be due to a protective effect that fat on those areas provide toward higher cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to prior studies. Those findings are a result of an analysis of 72 studies involving more than 2.5 million participants who were studied from three to 24 years. All of the studies explored various measures of weight around the middle of the body, long thought to be a significant risk factor for metabolic resistance, which is a precursor to diabetes, heart disease and more. The authors said, “Our results suggest that measures of central adiposity (fat) could be used as a supplementary approach, in combination with body mass index, to determine the risk of premature death.”
In this podcast, we are going through the book, The RAVE Diet and Lifestyle: The Natural Foods Diet With Meals that Heal, by Mike Anderson. This section is titled: Exercise, Part 1:
“The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all exercises, walking is the best.” – Thomas Jefferson
It always amazes me that we don’t have half an hour to exercise, but manage to squeeze in an average of four hours of TV a day.
“What, are they allergic to sweat?” – Richard Simmons, fitness personality
Animals in the wild never get fat. Humans in the wild never get fat. Domesticate dogs, they get fat and diseased. Domesticate humans, they get fat and diseased. Our sedentary lifestyles are simply not suited to our Stone Age bodies.
Exercise is an essential part of the RAVE Diet. As mentioned previously, the root of the word diet actually means “lifestyle” and a change in diet really means a change in the style of your life. Active Americans get a fraction of the cancers and other diseases that sedentary Americans get. Among other things, exercise helps to correct bad health habits by burning up and stabilizing blood sugar levels, improving immune function and lymph flow, getting oxygen to all parts of the body and strengthening bones, while helping us handle stress and increasing both the quality and quantity of sleep.
Exercise also speeds the passage of carcinogens and toxins from the body and recent studies have shown that exercise keeps your brain as fit as your body, particularly as you age. In other words, exercise will not only make you feel fit and improve your appearance, but it will prevent a wide range of diseases.
As your main exercise, choose a regimen that’s just the opposite of cancer – one that’s aerobic – an exercise that makes you breathe and respire to raise the oxygen levels in your blood. Cancer hates oxygen and thrives in areas of your body with low oxygen levels, where the blood supply is limited, due to clogged blood vessels. It’s no accident that the American Cancer Society recently made exercise a cornerstone of cancer prevention.
Walking is probably the best exercise for all of us. It’s easy, cheap and gets you outdoors, which can do wonders for your mental state. It wasn’t that long ago that walking wasn’t an exercise at all, but transportation for the vast majority of Americans, so try to find opportunities during the day that allows you to walk more, instead of driving to a destination.
We will continue looking at this topic in our next podcast.
— PRAYER —
Now, in this series, as we focus on overcoming the sin of gluttony, and managing our bodies as God intended, we must not lose sight of the most important part of our existence — our spiritual life. Even those of you who are fit, who eat right, and who exercise regularly must still address the condition of your soul. You may keep your body in perfect condition till the day you die, but you will still die — we all will, and the only thing that will matter is the condition of your soul. Is your soul in shape? Is your soul in right standing with God?
The only way to make sure of that is to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and the consequences of sin. He alone can save your soul, put you in right standing with God, and ensure that you do not perish in Hell. Now, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved� For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, may God bless you and keep you is my prayer.