Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Doom and Gloom or Peace and Provision

by Donna L. Watkins

Science is finding that nature has ways of healing that they didn't see before. So, you see all the "gloom and doom" news has no purpose for your life other than to make you despair and be depressed about "everything being so bad."

Worse than that we tend to share that doom and gloom maybe thinking that the more people you tell, the more it will dilute itself within your own heart and mind. It's quite the opposite. Whatever you focus on is magnified in your mind. Continual bad news can take you into depression.

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Focus on the fact that God has provision for every generation and even when man is the culprit, God still loves and gives as any good parent would. That doesn't mean the planet is in the condition He originally desired it to be by any means ... but the doom and gloom that we see, hear and feel may not be as deep or hopeless as we think.

Although we have thoughts that we are all “connected,” for some reason, we have not fully seized on the full implications of what this all means. When we do, we come to realize that nature has a way of reversing things - built in by a Creator that spoke the whole world into existence with simple words.

The amazing wonder of it all is enough to realize that a God that could and would create all of this would have a "backup plan" knowing that our earthly flesh can become very selfish and self-centered.

If you didn't read the post that I sent out for Earth Day, you may want to reconsider. (Earth Day: Celebrate God's Provision For Us)  It wasn't just a list of events or tips to save the planet.  It had mention of a film (9:40 minutes) called, Restoration

Another topic of doom and gloom is food. The GMO issues, organic vs inorganic, pesticides, etc. I share some of these "earthly facts" but my belief behind them is that God has provision for us.  Many choose not to have fellowship with God to hear His voice, but will still benefit by sticking with the "good news" on the opposite side of the doom and gloom media rants.

Some research says "nature" got there first, before GMO ever entered into the minds of the inventors.  You never know who's doing or paying for the research ... but that's the case of everything we see in the media.  It's time to regain our sense of intuition and "knowing" inside.  Gut feelings or hearing the Holy Spirit in my case, not what makes sense to our brains and memory, or what's on the news.  All things (news) should be lined up beside the Word and what it says. 

Do we see the world becoming more toxic, or do we see God's promise to daily load us with benefits ("Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah." - Ps. 68:19).

Our food supply is surely one of the things at the top of His list. The only problem is that people aren't even eating the foods that God made for our bodies.  Junk food, fast food, sodas, chemical sweeteners, etc. are not God-made. The food that is most toxic are those that are processed and produced by man. So our first issue has to be to choose fresh foods and withdraw from the addictions of the ones that make us sick.

Fish used to be considered a good food. I've been a vegetarian for 36 years so it's not something I eat. However, the issue with fish is the mercury content since the oceans are filling up with so many of our world's man-made toxins and overuse of them. (Read: Roundup Weedkiller Article)

The article reports that among other health issues, the glyphosate in Roundup is linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In the Earth Day article that I linked above, there's mention of a plant called Rosy Periwinkle that has been used for this. Not in its natural form, but as a drug the pharmaceutical companies sell that is being used successfully against this type of cancer. God's provision available in nature or drug form.

So what do we do with amalgam fillings? I had a friend who had all her teeth removed because 90% of her teeth had fillings. She knew she would wear dentures the rest of her life ... however, she didn't know that the dentures would never get a proper fit.  So she didn't want to wear them since she couldn't talk right or eat well. She spent the next 20 years of her life blending every meal into mush to be able to eat. Imagine putting your take-out box into the blender and turning it into your next meal.

What do we do with eating fish? When you discuss eating healthy food, many folks say, "There isn't any healthy food. It's all toxic in one way or another." No argument there ... but we're not seeing the whole picture. We are such intellectual beings that if we don't know something we sometimes think it doesn't exist as a possibility.

There are various research reports that selenium binds to mercury. "In scientific jargon, selenium has an unusually high “binding affinity” for mercury. In layman’s terms, this means that when the two elements are found together, they tend to connect, forming a new substance. This makes it difficult for the human body to absorb the mercury separately. So when mercury binds to selenium, it’s no longer free to bind to anything else – like brain tissue" (Source: EvenBetterHealth.com)

The following types of fish have very high selenium, containing between 10 and 25 times as much selenium than mercury. High quality servings of the following fish can be expected to lower blood levels of mercury along with providing a healthy amount of selenium:  Yellowfin Tuna, Albacore Tuna, Skipjack Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Wahoo. (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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My point?  Philippians 4:6-7 - "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

And then Paul tells what we are to think about instead of worries in vs. 8-9:

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."

Notice the words peace?  There isn't much of that around these days in people's minds and hearts, but God says we can have it.  It's all about what we think on.  We turned off the sources of doom and gloom to enjoy more of what the WORD says than what the WORLD says.  It's brought a lot of peace into our home without television reception, radio or newspapers.

Some people are aghast that we would not be "in touch with the real world."  I guess it's what you consider the real world.  How much of what you hear on the news really happening?  People share information that may be lies every day and build fear not only in themselves but in others.

I'm not trying to condemn ... I just want you to "consider."  Where do you want your hope to be?  In God or in what the news is saying?  You can't expect to closely connect to God when the world falls apart as the Bible tells us.

It's a relationship process, but it's one that is well rewarded every day of our lives.  Being at peace with God and ourselves has great value.  Knowing Him as our source of provision requires belief in it (or you could say faith).  I can guarantee you that you are not building your faith by tuning into what the world's report is.

Jude 1:20-21 tells us this: "But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life."

Now is the time to make room for God.  Leave the "nod to God crowd" and experience His family life. 

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