Fasting for health

By Herbert W Armstrong

What should you do when you, or your children, catch a cold, have a fever, or become ill?

WHY ARE people sick? Many seem to think our bodies were made to become sick every little while.
Man ought never to be sick. Man, remember, is the creation of God. True, he is mortal, made of the dust of the ground. He is composed of 16 principal elements of matter. Yet it is God’s great PURPOSE to create out of man the supreme Masterpiece of all His creative art! — perfect spiritual characters — beings to be raised to the level of God!

We, now, are the clay models to be fashioned, formed and shaped in spiritual character by the Master Sculptor — if we will yield ourselves into His hands — converted into the glorious spiritual image of the Almighty Himself! So, as we now are of the earth — earthy, bearing the image of the Adam who was dust, we shall thru God’s process bear the image of the heavenly GOD! (I Cor. 15:49).

Purpose of Human Body

For this purpose the human body was made to be the TEMPLE of the Holy Spirit. God created man in the very highest material medium for the expression of the divine intelligence.

No instrument has yet been, or ever will be devised by man, even in this machine age, which can approach, in delicacy of operation, the mechanism of the human body, with its enormous range of functional power.

The Creator made the human organism to run, and to keep running for a natural lifetime — not to get sick or break down. The human constitution is so marvelously constructed that it will take far more punishment and abuse before some part of it breaks down than any other animal or any mechanism ever made by man.

And yet, largely through ignorance, we humans abuse our bodies and violate the laws of health to so great an extent that almost every home is frequently visited with sickness! The human body is never sick unless injured or abused, though many inherit certain weaknesses and impairments at birth from the dissipations and sins of ancestors:

Today thousands of parents send their sons to state agricultural colleges to learn how to feed and care for the bodies of swine, never giving one thought to the proper feeding and care of their own human bodies. The average American table has been described by a noted physician as a dietetic horror. In the selection and preparation of foods, we follow tradition, and eat what we “like,” with never a thought as to whether it is wholesome food or rank poison.

People who would not think of putting an adulterated, injurious oil in the crankcase of the car, or a polluted fuel-oil in the gas-tank, will stuff their own stomachs and their children’s with adulterated, so-called “refined” foods that are actually poisonous, with never a thought about it.

And then when we or our children are sick, we suppose it is because God did a bad job of making us, and it is INTENDED for us to be sick!

LAWS Regulate Your Body

The human body functions according to definite laws. It needs fresh air in the lungs — not tobacco smoke. It needs pure water, and plenty of it — not soda pop, stimulants, and man-perverted drinks. It needs a proper amount of joyous, exhilarating exercise, and walking — not riding everywhere in the car, nor taking one’s exercise sitting down in the paid admission stands of a baseball park, or a football or basketball game. It needs sufficient sunshine, not the dark, dank congestion of crowded man-built cities. It needs cleanliness and proper elimination — not the almost universal constipation caused by neglect and foodless foods contaminated in man-made “food” factories. It needs relaxation, ample rest and sleep — not the nerve — shattering, excitable pleasure-seeking life — and night life — of today’s modern whirl.

And last, but far from least, it needs wholesome, properly prepared natural food — not the starchy, sugary, greasy mess of contaminated stuff we ignorantly suppose to be food today!

Bad habits of thought, insufficient exercise, and other destructive habits contribute to ill health. But leading authorities have determined that dietetic mistakes are responsible for 90% or more of non-mental sickness and disease. The body is sustained thru food, water, and air. It is composed of elements which can be supplied and replenished only from food. Health depends more upon proper food than any other consideration.

The function of the physician should be to teach the science of HEALTH — but as one of our most faithful co-workers expressed it, “We physicians have been kept so busy with patients already sick we haven’t had much time, as yet, to turn our attention to teaching people how to keep well.”

Physical and Spiritual Knowledge Needed

The knowledge of HOW TO LIVE should be the first interest of every person. That knowledge is divided into two phases — the physical, and the spiritual; how to be in vigorous, clear-minded, perfect health, which depends upon the physical laws of nature, and how to live in proper relationship with God and with neighbor, which depends upon the spiritual law summed in the Ten Commandments.

The condition we call “disease” means “dis-ease” — lack of ease. This painful and unhappy condition results in every case from a blocking of some function of the body thru violation of the laws of nature — usually thru destructive habits.

Nearly every physical ailment from which one may suffer is one of two varieties:

(1) The presence of a poison, or, (2) a deficiency or lack of needed elements.

A third impairment is a mechanical dislocation or difficulty.

By far the largest number of sicknesses are caused by the presence of a poison — congestion in the blood-stream. And for this, fasting is often not only an effective, but often the only natural cure.
Fasting is voluntary abstinence from food. The practice is as old as animal life itself. In fact animals fast by instinct when sick.

Christ fasted, and set us an example that we should follow His steps! Moses fasted. So did Daniel, and David, and the Apostle Paul. Christianity teaches control over sensual pleasures and false appetites. Fasting is good spiritual training. Fasting for spiritual benefits may be from one to three days.

How to Fast

Fasting means restriction of, or abstinence from food and drink. As assimilation is retarded, elimination is increased. Under the fasting regime, the body undergoes a “house-cleaning.” Toxins and poisons are rapidly eliminated. By giving the stomach and intestines a rest, normal functioning is re-established. Normal hunger returns, and false appetites are expelled.

Complete results — total elimination of the contributing toxins until the tongue is clear, the breath sweet, and the mouth clean, sometimes require extended fasts of from thirty to ninety days. But definitely I warn you that SUCH LENGTHY FASTS SHOULD NOT BE UNDERTAKEN UNLESS UNDER CONSTANT SUPERVISION OF A PHYSICIAN WHO IS SKILLED IN THE FASTING PROCEDURE. And many medical doctors today, unfortunately, are uneducated in this natural and Biblical method and discourage it or even oppose and ridicule it — altho many world-renowned physicians recommend it.
I have found that in most cases satisfactory results are realized by shorter fasts, or a series of short fasts, especially when followed by proper diet.

Apparently the Bible examples of fasting were complete fasts — no food whatever, and often not even water. This, however, is very rigid and requires real will-power. Perhaps most effective results would be obtained from the total fast — at least with water only, but it has been found in many thousands of cases that fruit-juice fasts bring very beneficial results, and in many instances the fruit-juice diet will prove preferable.

Fasting Is NOT Starvation

Remember fasting and starvation are very different things.

Fasting is always the thing to do immediately in the case of a cold or a fever. I am not advising you about milk-fed infants, and in their case refer you to your physician, but in the case of children who eat solid food and all adults, I recommend taking all solid food away from them immediately (including soups). Give them plenty of water to drink, and a glass of orange-juice, grapefruit-juice (fresh-squeezed, not canned), or the juice of one lemon in a glass of water (no sugar) about four times a day — NOTHING ELSE. In the rare case of a person who seems allergic to the citrus Juices (and they should always be FRESH-SQUEEZED and consumed in less than five minutes after squeezing), canned tomato juice may be substituted.

If it is merely a normal cold or fever (and not a disease such as typhoid or scarlet fever), you may find that from one to three days’ fasting is often sufficient to rid the system of it — especially if you start the fasting at the very first sign of the cold or fever, before it becomes fully settled. In most cases the fever will subside quickly. Some fevers, of course, will not.

If the fever should persist after five days, especially in the case of a child, try to find some physician who is sympathetic to the fasting method to supervise you from there on — or begin to feed the child a restricted diet of non-starchy cooked vegetables such as spinach, celery, small string beans, asparagus, summer squash, beet-tops, carrots, small beets, small turnips, zucchini, etc. — or a soup made from these vegetables without any grease, or stewed fruits (without sugar) such as prunes, figs, pears, raisins, apples, apricots — avoiding all starches, such as breads, and all sweets, and greases or oils, and, until fever and cold is gone, all body building foods such as milk, butter, cheese, eggs.

In case a fever rises alarmingly high, take one whole grapefruit, cut it up into six or eight pieces, pour one quart of boiling water over it (rind and all) and let it steep like tea. Then make the patient drink it all — it will require 30 to 60 minutes to be able to consume the entire quart. It will be bitter. Natural organic quinine will steep out of the grapefruit, especially the rind. It is often highly effective.

Never “feed a cold.” This idea came from an old saying of Benjamin Franklin’s — but what he meant was, “IF YOU feed a cold, you WILL have to starve a fever.” Fast immediately for either cold or fever. A fever is a fire to be PUT OUT, not fed! NEVER FEED A COLD OR A FEVER!

You will save needless suffering if you will always remember this.

It is indeed a hopeful sign that the medical fraternity is at last beginning to make an approach toward a real study of foods, diet, and the importance of these to sickness and disease. Some of the greatest physicians have made this chief contributing factor to sickness or health a scientific study; but unfortunately what is called “medical science” as a whole has not made the study of these vital factors it should have. Instead, it has studied medicines and drugs — which are in most cases POISONS, not foods.

Helpful Hints

In the case of numerous common diseases such as asthma, biliousness, bronchial troubles, catarrh, hay fever, constipation, digestive disorders, heart troubles, obesity, rheumatism, etc., a series of short fasts, not to exceed seven days, will prove helpful. After one such fast, follow a natural body-building diet of NATURAL foods, avoiding the meats forbidden in Leviticus 11, eating only LEAN clean meats, avoiding all fat and greases, all fried foods unless fried in a very small amount of butter, all starches (everything made from white flour), all white sugar and excess sweets. Bread should be toasted until hard clear thru.

Also, be sure to use only WHOLE grains — such as whole wheat, steel-cut oats, brown rice, and get plenty of raw green leafy vegetables (avoiding greasy salad dressings such as one buys at the store), cooked non-starchy vegetables, and fruits. Then, after perhaps a month of building up on this natural diet, take another fast, and repeat until you get good results.

During a fast, some need to take an enema twice a day. A light shower or sponge-bath (never soak in a tub of hot water) at least once a day is very helpful. You will not feel like doing heavy work. Get plenty of rest. Break the fast with a few stewed prunes and two slices of whole-wheat toast, toasted hard clear through. For the second meal, repeat this and add one cooked non-starchy vegetable. Thereafter return to a normal, careful and sensible diet.

In a fruit-juice fast, NEVER take more than one 8-ounce glass of citrus-fruit-juice at a time, and never more frequently than every two and a half or three hours. Three or four times a day is more effective. Drink plenty of water.

Source – October 1954 Good News Magazine

Let God Fight Your Battles!

Let God Fight Your Battles! by Herbert W. Armstrong

Personal from HWA – Published in The Good News Magazine March 1985  

The world you live in today is a very troubled world. You not only have your own personal problems, but you also suffer from the deliberate OPPOSITION and ANTAGONISM of the world around you. It is time you considered how to conquer these troubles: ◘how to be FREE from them ◘how to let GOD fight your battles instead! One lesson not yet learned   First, understand this: If the WORLD today is not happy — if world conditions are in a chaotic state, if lives are empty and purposeless, if minds are filled with fears and worries, bodies wracked with sickness and disease — THERE IS A REASON! Conditions are exactly what we make them! Mortal HUMANS, groping in the darkness of confusion, have made conditions what they are. Humanity is REAPING what it has SOWN! Only the direct and all-powerful supernatural intervention of ALMIGHTY GOD can deliver this world from all its troubles. What the world doesn’t know is that God will not cause its present ways of wrong living to bring any human utopia. Rather, GOD ALMIGHTY WILL SOON HAVE TO STEP IN AND RULE OVER THE WORLD — bringing it INTO THE WAYS of His just laws, which alone can produce this happy TOMORROW! WE, TOO, AS GOD’S PEOPLE, HAVE LESSONS TO LEARN. Even though stubborn and rebellious mankind brings upon the world even DARKER days in the immediate future, REMEMBER — it’s DARKEST just before DAWN. Take hope in the SURE knowledge that the new world of GOD’S making and RULING — is VERY near today! But in the meantime, what about You and your own private life and problems? Let us consider some of your own private, personal TROUBLES. I know that you have them! And I want to tell you something — I want to tell you GOOD news. YOU are carrying, a lot of worries and fears and troubles that you don’t need to carry! Life is simply filled with private, personal battles. We have to battle fears and worries. Some-times it seems we have to battle PEOPLE who appear to be enemies – often it’s a husband, a wife or a mother-in-law — and whether you realize it or not, You also have to battle YOURSELF! It is like having to fight a host of ENEMIES — all these TROUBLES, these CIRCUMSTANCES, these adverse CONDITIONS, these TEMPTATIONS! But there is a way you may FREE yourself from these troubles that confront you. There is a WAY OUT! YOU can be FREE from fighting all of these enemies except just ONE — your own self – and you can receive a lot of HELP and KNOWLEDGE and POWER in doing that! Here’s where that help can be found! Jesus Christ is the deliverer   The eternal Creator-RULER of the universe — the God who gives you the very air you breathe — sent His own begotten SON, Jesus Christ, into this world more than 1,900 years ago to BRING YOU THE WAY OF DELIVERANCE from all your trials, your worries, your problems. WHY, then, do some of you not LISTEN to the way He taught us? And WHY do so many people think of Him as a dead Christ hanging on a cross? GOD ALMIGHTY RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD! Jesus Christ is our LIVING Savior and High Priest, just as the Creator is a LIVING RULER OF ALL THE UNIVERSE! Do YOU REALIZE THAT JESUS CHRIST, THE LIVING, RESURRECTED CHRIST, TO WHOM IS GIVEN ALL POWER, HAS A PRESENT MISSION TO PERFORM? Do you realize that His present mission is to FIGHT YOUR BATTLES FOR YOU — to DELIVER YOU — to FREE you from all your fears, your TROUBLES and even the circumstances that beset you? Thousands of you would come to me for help in your troubles if I had time to see and talk to you — you’d come with husband-and-wife troubles, funeral troubles — every kind of trouble. Yes, you’d come to me because I’m human – one you can see — whose voice you hear. But because I’m only human, I have not the ability, the strength nor the TIME to render such a personal ministry to so many in different parts of the world. Now think this over carefully, and ANSWER THIS! WHY do you fight your own battles, when HE — the LIVING Savior — is living in ALL POWER to fight them for you? He’s REAL. He’s DIVINE. WHY do some of you go on worrying, when HE is right there in ALL THE POWER OF THE DIVINE CREATOR to FREE you from all your worries? WHY? There is one of two reasons, Either you have not fully KNOWN of this great, all-encompassing DIVINE SOURCE OF POWER that you can call on at will — you have not REALIZED what ALL-CONQUERING HELP you can have — or else you have, through lack of faith or neglect, FAILED to CALL ON that supernatural HELP in your times of need! CAN I open your eyes to see that God is a God of LOVE — that God in all His supreme power wills above all things for you to PROSPER and BE IN HEALTH and to find the way to the HAPPY, FULL, ABUNDANT LIFE? That Jesus Christ is a LIVING SAVIOR, to whom you can go AT ALL TIMES — a Savior to save you from your present everyday fears and worries, adverse circumstances, troubles, sicknesses and trials, as well as to save you from eternal DEATH at the end? Notice what Scripture commands: “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). God is interested in your life now   God’s salvation is NOT something you collect only after you die. IT IS A PRACTICAL, COMMONSENSE, USEFUL salvation that starts in your everyday life RIGHT HERE AND NOW! What needless pains some have been suffering. What NEEDLESS fears and worries you may have been carrying around. What WONDERFUL TIMES — what HAPPINESS you may have cheated yourself out of, just because you have not REALIZED and taken advantage of the very PRESENT and all-powerful HELP of your LIVING Savior! Actually what is happening is that you may have found yourself faced with foes far more powerful than you. These foes may come in forms of troubles, of unforeseen circumstances, of worries, of sicknesses or even of other persons. These foes NEED not make your life unhappy. Old Testament illustration   Did you ever really think through the full meaning of I Corinthians 10:11 that the incidents in the lives of God’s people of Old Testament times were written into the Bible for OUR LEARNING AND HELP? I want now to turn to the experience of a man who lived in that time. This man found that he could RELY on the almighty GOD. This man was faced with a FAR more terrifying trouble than has ever beset you. He found the HAPPY SOLUTION. His experience will show you what you can do, this very day! Once you UNDERSTAND, you will have to learn to TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD — TO CALL UPON GOD IN PRAYER — you will have to ASK GOD for what you need — and you may have to learn how to PRAY. GOD ALMIGHTY will actually intervene in your life and help you and fight YOUR battles for you. Remember, God is no respecter of persons. He will not do more for one than another. He will do as much for you as for any person who ever lived. He will do as much for you — if you obey Him and rely on Him — as for any ancient king of Israel or Judah! You may have a problem that completely overwhelms you. You may be at your wit’s end — you may not know where to turn or what to do! It may be a family problem, a personal problem, a financial problem, a problem of sickness or disease. But let me tell you now as Jesus Christ’s apostle of a man who came upon a situation probably far more terrifying than yours — one that would throw fright and terror into the stoutest heart. The solution this man used will solve YOUR problems — put an END to your troubles. The same God who heard and delivered him will hear and deliver you — IF you will obey Him and trust Him. The fact that this man was an ancient king makes no difference. God is no respecter of persons — He will do as much for you. God is the SAME today and tomorrow as He was yesterday. This man was King Hezekiah of the ancient kingdom of JUDAH. He was an ordinary human mortal, the same as YOU today. God intervenes for a man   The vast armies of Assyria were marching westward and southward to invade Judah. The Jews were greatly outnumbered. They had no army or power to stand up against such a powerful foe. They were HELPLESS. They faced certain defeat — just as You may feel HELPLESS in the face of your troubles today. If some of you try to solve your problem or overcome your bad habits or resist sin in nothing more than your OWN power and strength, you, too, will find yourself outnumbered, overpowered and doomed to defeat! You must learn, as this ancient king did, that GOD stands ready and willing to fight your battles for you. Read his experience in II Chronicles 32, from the Moffatt translation: “It was after this, after all this loyal service, that Sancherib king of Assyria invaded Judah, besieging the fortified towns and meaning to seize them. When Hezekiah saw that Sancherib had come determined to attack Jerusalem, he and his nobles and his chiefs agreed to stop the water of the fountains outside the town… . “Then, appointing officers over the citizens, he gathered them in the open space at the gate of the city, and encouraged them. ‘Be firm,’ he said, ‘be brave, be not daunted nor dismayed for the king of Assyria or for all his host; we have with us One greater than all he has; he has a mortal force, but we have with us the Eternal our God, to help us and to fight our battles’ ” (verses 1-3, 6-8). Continuing: “His officers said even worse things against God the Eternal and his servant Hezekiah. (Sancherib also wrote letters, insulting the Eternal the God of Israel and attacking him thus: ‘As the gods of the nations elsewhere in the world have failed to save their folk from me, so shall Hezekiah’s God fail to save his folk.’) The officers shouted aloud in Hebrew to the citizens of Jerusalem on the walls, to terrify them and scare them, that they might capture the city. They talked about the God of Jerusalem as one of the gods of the nations on earth, mere handmade idols” (verses 16-19). Now notice what the king of Judah did: “King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz PRAYED over this and cried to heaven” (verse 20). They PRAYED for help. They did not know exactly HOW God would intervene. But they knew God would ACT! Here’s what happened: “Then the Eternal sent an angel who swept off all the gallant fighters, the leaders, and captains, in the camp of the king of Assyria, till he had to go home in disgrace. He [later] went into the temple of his god, and there his own offspring murdered him with their swords. So the Eternal rescued Hezekiah and the citizens of Jerusalem from Sancherib the king of Assyria as well as from all other foes, protecting them on every side”(verses 21-22). That experience was written into the very WORD OF GOD for your learning and to SHOW YOU THE WAY TODAY! Perhaps You are faced with a foe more powerful than you. It may be some TEMPTATION. It may be some circumstance or condition or trouble. Some serious WORRY. Then let me ask you, WHAT ARE YOU RELYING ON to withstand the siege of this trouble — to deliver you from it? Rely on God and His power What do some of you do when some fear, worry, trouble comes up against you? Do you not first FEAR AND WORRY, and then either try to RUN FROM this trouble or else try to meet it in your own power and strength — with your own thinking and planning and doing? Do YOU ever search your own heart and life to see if it is YOUR fault? In almost every in-law or marital trouble, for example, both are at fault. Did you never realize that the very CREATOR who caused you to be born — who gives you the life you have — who called you into His truth — is able and anxious to fight all these battles for you just as He did Hezekiah’s — if you will only turn to Him and ask Him for wisdom and guidance, RELY on Him and TRUST Him with the result? Two examples   I know of a lady who, when in her middle 20s, had a problem that was MOST SERIOUS in her life. Three times this girl had been disappointed in love. She had at last been tempted to marry a man she had no right to marry. She brought her problem to me, as God’s representative. I found she was looking ONLY AT PHYSICAL APPEARANCES. She reasoned that, so far as she could see, if she obeyed God and refused to marry this man, she might never be married. I counseled her to OBEY GOD — to stop looking at the material circumstances and using human reason to disobey God. I counseled her to do, first of all, WHAT GOD INSTRUCTS IN THE BIBLE, and then to TRUST HIM for the outcome. But that girl did not RELY ON GOD — she relied on her human reason. She obeyed impulse and temptation and married the man. He left her to commit adultery with another woman on their very wedding night. Her life became miserable, terribly unhappy. Then at another time, another similar case was brought to me. THIS young woman rejected the temptation — she obeyed God and RELIED ON THE ETERNAL to work out circumstances — she trusted HIM with the result. Her faith was tried and tested. God did not answer AT ONCE — but in due time, just the RIGHT man came into her life, they fell in love, they were married and GOD HAS BLESSED THEIR MARRIAGE WITH SUPREME HAPPINESS. The experience of King Jehoshaphat   Now I want to bring you one more case history — a REMARKABLE experience that will show you the way out of all your difficulties and troubles. If you will let GOD have HIS way in your life, then you will have begun to learn how to let Him fight your battles, solve your problems and deliver you from so many troubles you are suffering. Now, notice the experience written for OUR learning and help today: “It was after this that the Moabites and Ammonites, with some of the Meunim, made war on Jehoshaphat. Word came to Jehoshaphat that a huge host was moving against him from Edom, over the Dead Sea, and that they were already at Hazazon-tamar (or Engedi). Jehoshaphat was afraid” (II Chronicles 20:1-3, Moffatt). Is fear your usual reaction, too? But observe what the king of Judah did. “He resolved to have recourse to the Eternal, and proclaimed a fast all over Judah. So Judah assembled to seek help from the Eternal; people came from every town in Judah to worship the Eternal” (verses 3-4). Jehoshaphat did exactly what God wants you to do today when faced with any temptation or trouble — HE TOOK IT TO GOD IN PRAYER AND FASTING! And as he continued to ask God for help, he said (verses 6-10): “O Eternal, the God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven, and ruler of all realms on earth? Such power and might is thine that no one can resist thee. O our God, didst not thou evict the natives of this land before thy people Israel, giving the land to the offspring of Abraham thy friend, for all time? And they settled in it, they have built a sanctuary in it to thine honour, thinking that if evil befell them, the sword in judgment, or pestilence, or famine, they would stand in front of this temple and before thee (for in this temple is thy presence) and cry to thee in their distress, till thou didst hear and save them. “Now here are the Ammonites and Moabites and folk from mount Seir, whom thou didst not allow Israel to invade, when Israel came out of the land of Egypt — no, Israel turned away from them and did not destroy them!” There was no reason for these neighbors to be enemies. Sometimes your own neighbors become your enemies, too, don’t they? But notice what the king said to God: “Look how they reward us, coming to eject us from thy very own country which thou given us to be ours. O our God wilt thou not deal with them? We are helpless against this mighty host that is attacking us; we know not what to do, but we look to thee” (verses 11-12). God answers prayer   Now I want you to notice! Jehoshaphat cried out for God to come to their aid. Here is God’s answer (verses 14-17): “Jehaziel . . . was inspired by the spirit of the Eternal in the midst of the gathering to cry ‘Listen, all ye men of Judah, ye citizens of Jerusalem, and you, O king Jehoshaphat; the Eternal’s message to you is this: “FEAR NOT, falter not before this vast army; it is for God, not for you to fight them. March down against them to-morrow; they coming up by the ascent of Haziz,and you will come upon them at the end of the ravine in front of the desert of Jeruel. You will not need to do any fighting; take your position, stand still, and watch the victory of the Eternal,who is on your side, O Judah and Jerusalem. Fear not, falter not. Move out against them tomorrow, for the Eternal is on your side.” ‘ And notice that Jehoshaphat obeyed after God instructed him. Verses 20-23 declare: “Next morning they rose and moved into the open country round Tekoa. As they advanced, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Listen, men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem! Take hold of the Eternal your God and you will keep hold of life; hold by his prophets, and you will prosper.’ “After this counsel to the nation, he appointed the Eternal’s singers to praise him in sacred vestments, marching in front of the army and chanting, Give thanks to the Eternal, for his kindness never fails. “As they began to sing and praise him, the Eternal set men in ambush against the Ammonites, the Moabites, and the folk from mount Seir, who had attacked Judah, and they were routed. The Ammonites and the Moabites turned on the natives of mount Seir, determined to wipe them out.” They turned against one another! That is how God answered Jehoshaphat. “And then, after destroying the natives of Seir, they all helped to kill one another. So when the men of Judah reached their post of attack looking over the open country, they saw the host were so many corpses stretched upon the ground; not a man had escaped” (verses 23-24). Jehoshaphat did not merely leave this trouble with God and then do nothing about it himself. First, he prayed and asked for wisdom, guidance and HELP. Then he DID WHAT GOD SAID. He had to do HIS PART but the BATTLE WAS GOD’S, and Jehoshaphat did not try to fight God’s battle. He merely did his own part. But he BELIEVED God, and RELIED on God. The point I want you to REMEMBER is that YOUR battles are not really yours, but GOD’S. If you look to Him, He makes them His battles, and HE fights them for you. How FUTILE for you to try to fight God’s battles for HIM. God says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19). In the New Testament we read, “By GRACE are ye saved through FAITH” (Ephesians 2:8, Authorized Version). Yes, but the FAITH that saves us is a living faith that is practical — it WORKS — it really RELIES on God! So PUT IT TO PRACTICE! God does not promise us an EASY time during this life in this world. But He DOES promise to fight our battles for us to deliver us from EVERY trouble and affliction. WILL YOU LET HIM DO IT, AND LEARN HOW HAPPY YOUR LIFE MAY BECOME? GOD HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND!]]>

Christ Now Leads To Rejuvenate Church

CHRIST NOW  LEADS TO REJUVENATE CHURCH by Herbert W. Armstrong Good News June 19, 1978 GOD’S CHURCH has been in mortal DANGER! That danger was WITHIN OURSELVES – the fatal danger of drifting away from Christ spiritually. The danger of putting worldly politics into our midst. The DANGER of saying, “I am of Paul – or I am of Apollo – or I am of Cephas.” This DANGER of trying to slide as close as possible – without falling off – into the abyss of Satan’s secularism and worldliness. Some of us – brethren, TOO MANY of us – HAVE, PERHAPS NOT REALIZING IT, been led to want to let – little by little – more of THIS evil WORLD into our lives. Brethren, AWAKE! Satan is subtle. He DECEIVES – and a deceived person is not aware he is misled – else he would not be deceived. He may be wholly sincere – yet deceived! The battle cry now, within God’s one and only TRUE CHURCH, is “BACK TO CHRIST!” He is the one and only HEAD of God’s Church! Not any man – though He does call and USE humans as His servants – but so can SATAN mislead and deceive men into unknowingly becoming his servants.

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