Is Your Belly Your God?
Glazed donuts, pork barbecue ribs, fruit filled pastries,
potato chips, lobster, shrimp, ice cream, French fries, Coca
Cola, sausage biscuits, sounds good, huh? The thought of enjoying
your favorite foods can tantalize your taste buds just reading
But what if you found out some of your favorite foods
were actually being used by satan as a snare to strap you
with a stroke, heart attack, degenerative disease or other
Would you still eat them? I realize this is a touchy
issue for some Christians but it’s one that we must
expose and deal with from the Written Word of God. Is your
belly your God?
Lady Whom God Could Not Heal…
When this lady, (I’ll call her Samantha)
came to the altar for prayer for healing. She was having excruciating
migraine headaches and sharp relentless back pains. As she
was standing at the altar in tears, hoping for an instantaneous
healing, the Holy Spirit said to me, “She doesn’t
need healing; it is her coffee, soda drinking and the fact
that she drinks no water that has caused those symptoms and
pain.” I’m neither a doctor nor a biochemist
but one thing I can boldly affirm is that the diagnosis given
by the Holy Spirit laid the axe to the root cause of Samantha’s
That pastor could have prayed for her until he was blue in
the face but there was nothing God could do. Not until Samantha
obeyed the voice of the Holy Spirit and cut the coffee and
soda from her diet and started drinking water. Sadly, like
many men and women Samantha had crossed the line. She had
made her belly, (her appetite) become her god:
Philippians 3:19 AMP [Emphasis
19 They are doomed and their fate is eternal misery (perdition);
their god is their stomach (their appetites, their
sensuality) and they glory in their shame, siding with earthly
things and being of their party.
Read that verse of Scripture again and then focus your attention
on the part that reads, “…their god is their stomach...”
The King James Version reads, “Whose end is destruction,
whose God is their belly…” There are a lot of
questions we need to answer and issues we must deal with concerning
a person’s belly becoming their god. We will start by
defining what it means to make your belly your god.
How To Discern If Your Belly
Is Your God…
Your belly has become your god when your appetite dictates
what you eat and drink regardless of the health consequences.
In Samantha’s case, she made it clear that she loved
coffee and soda, and she was not going to stop drinking either.
She hated water and just could not bring herself to drink
it. When I first moved to Georgia, there was a couple in the
apartment complex where I lived, to whom the Lord had sent
me, to give them a word of knowledge concerning their appetites.
When I shared with them what the Lord said, they shrugged
off God’s warning as being trivial. They made it clear
that they were not giving up certain foods.
About a year later the husband knocked on my door seeking
prayer for his young wife. She was only 28 years old, but
she was in the hospital receiving medical care for multiple
sclerosis. As we talked, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said,
“she hasn’t had a bowel movement in over a
month, tell him to alert the doctors but make sure they do
not give her any drugs to induce her bowels, it must be done
naturally!” When I told him what the Lord said,
he confirmed it. His wife only had a bowel movement about
once a month even though she ate two to three meals a day.
Before he headed to the hospital to share this vital information
with the doctors, I reminded him of what the Lord had said
the previous year about their eating habits. Once again he
briskly shrugged off the Word of the Lord.
He and his wife had made their appetites their gods and as
a result, she unwittingly sent her central nervous system
into the self-destruct mode. She went from a cane, to crutches,
to a walker, and finally a wheelchair in about 14 to 16 months.
A year after his wife became bedridden, the husband sought
me out for prayer, this time for himself. He had what he thought
was the pink eye. His eyes had been reddish and irritated
for about four days and the symptoms would not leave him.
As I was about to pray, I sensed by the Holy Spirit that he
had a greater problem than pink eye and I told him so. There
was a sense of urgency in my voice based on the urgency I
sensed from the Holy Spirit.
At my behest, he went to the hospital later that evening.
It turned out that he had a brain aneurysm that would have
killed him had he not acted when he did. The doctors had to
cut into his skull to save his life. BUT! He and his wife
could have avoided their physical afflictions had they listened
to the voice of the Holy Spirit concerning their appetites.
I get asked this question all the time, “If a certain
food product is so harmful to a person’s health why
are so many people consuming it?” Answer: The same reason
people smoke cigarettes knowing smoking causes lung cancer,
emphysema and heart disease. Most smokers have read that prophetic
(if you smoke these you will die) warning on the
side of every pack of cigarette, every time they open up a
new pack, but that warning means nothing to them.
Their appetite is their god and their appetite is screaming
for nicotine, and hell will freeze over before they allow
their appetite to be denied! Another way to determine if a
person has made their belly their god is when they have an
answer for every piece of irrefutable evidence presented to
them concerning toxic foods. For example, would you consume
the poisonous neurotoxin aspartame? In temperatures over 86
degrees Fahrenheit, (the average body temperature is 98.2
F) the wood alcohol in aspartame converts into formaldehyde
and then to formic acid. Aspartame has been linked to migraines,
seizures, vision loss and symptoms relating to lupus, Parkinson's
disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and other health destroying conditions.
Before you answer the question, you need to know how aspartame
is used. It is used as an artificial sweetener. Where do you
find aspartame? It is a common ingredient in chewing gum,
candy, sodas, diet sodas, frozen desserts, diet foods and
artificial sugars like Equal, Nutrasweet and Spoonful. You
can also find it in powdered drinks, gelatins, coffees, and
teas. It’s even in medications and vitamins. It is a
proven fact that aspartame will burn a hole in your brain.
So why hasn’t this product been banned from human consumption?
Because like cigarettes, it generates billions of dollars
of revenue every year!
The aspartame manufacturers are just like the cigarette makers.
They are not going to roll over and allow their cash cow to
be banned by a bunch of concerned citizens. If they are forced
to make a decision between your health and their bank accounts,
your health will lose every time! Read the shocking reports
on aspartame by Arthur
M. Evangelista, a former FDA Investigator, and by Christine
Lydon, MD and Russell
L. Blaylock, MD. After knowing what you know now, would
you still consume products that contain aspartame? It boils
down to this…
Whose Report Will You Believe?
Our diet, what we should, and should not eat has been the
subject of many heated debates, pitting experts against experts,
experts against the Written Word of God, ministers against
ministers, and so on. Some ministers say, “as long
as you pray over your food, it’s sanctified and therefore
cannot harm you.” There are organizations that
have ordained themselves as ‘food police' and they make
it a point to vilify certain foods. Associations like the
National Restaurant Association, counter the claims of the
food police with their own tribe of experts who claim, “there
are no good foods or bad foods; all foods in moderation can
be a part of a healthy lifestyle.” Stuck in the
middle is the average citizen who doesn’t know who to
believe! Clearly, someone is either lying, or they don’t
know what they are talking about!
I had a lady contact me to pray with her about her health.
She had high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and some other
alarming symptoms. Plus, her doctor put her on a daily regimen
of about 14 different prescription medications. Each medication
had its own hair raising side affects that included liver
failure, kidney failure, loss of vision, loss of hearing,
paralysis, and numbness. As she was explaining this to me,
the Lord said her symptoms stemmed from the foods she ate.
For all her diet was worth nutritionally, she could have eaten
artificially flavored playdough and drank colored sugar water
for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When I told her what the Lord said, like most people who
have been misled by the deceptive food manufacturers, she
defended them. She claimed they would never lie about the
nutritional value of their products. She refused to change
her diet, citing how her parents and everyone else she knew
– had similar eating habits. After changing doctors,
her new doctor advised her to eliminate white flour, white
bread, white rice, sodas and all processed foods from her
diet if she wanted to live. Her response was, “I can’t
do it,” and she didn’t! The last time I spoke
with her, she was working on her second major surgery. Get
this next irrefutable spiritual truth engraved into your heart…
The Curse of Sickness and Disease
Does Not Come Without a Cause
Multiple Sclerosis, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood
pressure, prostrate cancer, clogged arteries, hypertension,
blood clots, impotency, breast cancer and similar ailments,
don’t just sneak upon a person without a root cause.
Certain ministers have taught for years that satan can strike
whomever he wills with a stroke or a heart attack at a moment’s
notice. There is nothing further from the Truth! Chronic illnesses,
degenerative diseases, cancers, etc., all have a root cause.
Even when the doctors cannot pinpoint the reason a person
is sick, the Word of God reveals in Proverbs 26:2, “…the
curse causeless shall not come.” The curse of sickness
or disease cannot come upon you without a cause. Read the
chapter of Deuteronomy. Although there are numerous root
causes of sickness and disease, (i.e., generational curses,
sin, envy, stress, sexually transmitted diseases, unforgiveness,
worry, man-made vaccinations, bitterness, etc.) the number
one cause of sickness and disease in the western world is
Very slowly, read Proverbs 23:3 from the NIV: “Do
not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.”
Here are five critical points you must understand about deceptive
foods. (1) Deceptive foods are designed to make you believe
they are healthy when they are not. (2) Deceptive foods are
promoted to trick you into ignoring the fact that they are
toxic (3) The makers of deceptive foods spew out false nutritional
claims, opinions and research distributed by greed driven
food executives. (4) God gives us a stern warning not to consume
their deceptive foods in any shape, form, or fashion. His
warning presupposes a very critical point - we must be able
to identify deceptive foods. If it takes a biochemist, a toxicologist,
or a food scientist to identify deceptive foods, the average
person is in big trouble.
Which means, detecting deceptive foods has got to be a process
anyone can perform. (5) He calls deceptive foods - delicacies.
These foods will melt in your mouth! Their texture is just
right and their flavor is simply irresistible. But He goes
on to say in verse 8 of that same chapter, “You will
vomit up the little you have eaten…” In other
words, it doesn’t take the consumption of major amounts
of deceptive foods to make you sick. Now I need you to brace
yourself for this next spiritual truth - If you make your
belly your god, something insidious happens in the realm of
the spirit… you become an enemy to the cross.
Enemies of The Cross
Have you ever wondered why some people cannot
seem to get healed when everyone knows they should be? I mean
they have done all the right things. They have prayed or have
been prayed for. They are standing in faith yet their condition
only worsens and eventually they die. I recall one incident
in which a brother in Christ had been diagnosed with an unknown
cancer. When he became ill, the doctors could not pinpoint
why. They were so stumped, they didn’t even know what
type of medication(s) to give him.
His pastor prayed for him. The entire congregation earnestly
pleaded with God to restore his health but less than a month
after their prayers, he died. Before he passed, the Lord allowed
me to see the root cause of his sickness. He showed me that
man, eating a lollipop. He was sucking on that candy as if
it contained life-giving nutrients. That man had an insatiable
appetite for sugar, which caused him to make his belly his
god. There was nothing God could do about it but watch him
My first thought when the Lord showed him to me was to grab
that brother, sit him down, and show him the root cause of
his illness to help him break the power of his appetite. But
the Holy Spirit put the brakes on me and said “No,
he will not hear you!” I cannot tell you how many
times I have had that happen. Men and women outright rejecting
the Word of the Lord concerning their appetite and then in
vain, pleading with God to heal them, going to one healing
service and miracle rally after another, rejecting the fact
that they had made their belly their god.
When these people don’t see manifestations of better
health, they usually get desperate and start grasping at straws.
They resort to using expensive but impotent vitamins and unproven
herbal formulas. They allow themselves to be duped by shameless
practitioners who promise healing through quack placebo pill
concoctions. They follow the advice of well meaning doctors
who put them on drugs that only magnify their health problems.
I have watched pastors and other great men of God have strokes,
heart attacks, and struggle with other debilitating sicknesses,
forcing them to leave the ministry. Some died prematurely…
Surely you sense by the Holy Spirit the critical seriousness
of this issue. Read our passage of Scripture in Philippians
again, this time with verse 18 included.
Philippians 3:18-19 AMP [Emphasis
18 For there are many, of whom I have often told you and
now tell you even with tears, who walk (live) as enemies
of the cross of Christ (the Anointed One).
19 They are doomed and their fate
is eternal misery (perdition); their god is their
stomach (their appetites, their sensuality) and
they glory in their shame, siding with earthly things and
being of their party.
When you make your belly your god, you become an enemy to
the cross and when you become an enemy to the cross, you become
an enemy to healing. It was the cross that Jesus
used to secure our salvation, (See I Corinthians 1:17-18 and
Colossians 1:20) and part of that salvation was healing. Pastors
and ministers listen to me carefully, you can save yourself
and your congregations much heartache if you teach God’s
dietary laws. However, if you fail to do so, I can tell you
with a certainty, that you will end up with numerous sick
folk in your congregation and you will have to bury many people
prematurely. A person cannot maintain health while being an
enemy to the cross.
Where Do I Go From Here?
The answer to preventing your belly from becoming your god
is recorded in the Written Word of God:
1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently
what is before thee:
2 And put a knife to thy throat,
if thou be a man given to appetite.
Are those the harsh words of a psychotic maniac? A thousand
times no! You just read the health saving Wisdom of God. We
are commanded to diligently consider any food we plan to consume.
We are to make an intelligent decision about what we eat and
drink. Haphazardly eating because it tastes good or because
someone says it’s “ok,” is sin! If after
diligent consideration, you determine an edible morsel or
a beverage to be a deceptive food, the next set of instructions
is located in verse 2. You are commanded to put a knife to
The message is crystal clear; don’t eat it and don’t
drink it! PERIOD! The knife the Lord is referring to is the
Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, (See Ephesians
6:17). Ultimately, you are responsible for your health: not
your doctor, not your pastor, not the food manufacturers,
not the food scientists, health officials, or the Federal
Drug Administration. You are in the driver’s seat concerning
what you eat. You are the only one who can determine if your
belly becomes your god. If you do nothing, if you ignore or
take this warning lightly, the default will always be: your
belly will become your god!
Deceptive Foods – One
of Satan’s Primary Weapons
You need to understand; deceptive foods are one of satan’s
primary attack weapons. He used food to attack the woman in
the Garden of Eden, (See Genesis 3:1-6). He used food to trick
Esau to abandon his God-given birthright, (See Genesis 25:27-34)
and he used food in an attempt to prevent Jesus from laying
down His Life and raising up from the dead, (See Matthew 4:1-4).
The devil will not stop trying to use deceptive foods to cause
you to lose your health. That is why you must get to know
God’s dietary laws and be prepared to put the Sword
of the Spirit to your appetite at the drop of a dime.
III John 2 [Emphasis added]
Beloved, I wish above
all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even
as thy soul prospereth.
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