Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better, neither, if we eat not, are we the worse” (1 Cor. 8:8).

READ: 1 Timothy 4:1-5

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not” (1 Cor. 10:23). According to this scripture, you are free to eat anything you like, but it is not advisable to eat what cannot build you up. It is not a sin to eat the food God has given to you. As long as you receive your food with thanksgiving and sanctify it with a word of prayer, you are free to eat it. There are people who are always in a hurry to eat. They would have started eating before they remember they have not blessed the food. This is unacceptable. Prayer helps to set the food apart before it is taken into God’s temple—your body.

As a New Testament believer, you are free to eat anything that edifies your body, but not what will destroy it. Verse 4 says all creatures God made are good and not to be rejected. This is true, but wisdom is required in the management of what you eat. For instance, groundnut is good, but if eaten at a particular time or combined with certain meals, it can trigger stomach upset. One may take it and nothing bad happens while another takes it and visits toilet on and again. You are expected to study your body system and know what to eat or avoid.

Some people are allergic to certain food or meat. They may feel sick, throw up and have stomach upset, develop rashes or even have embarrassing conditions because a particular food did not go down well with their system. It is wisdom to identify and avoid foods that you are allergic to until you have prayerfully handled the matter and secured victory. Also, certain foods must not be combined with certain drinks or fruits, as such combinations can trigger sickness. God wants you healthy therefore you must take all the care to stay healthy.

Note your body’s intolerance to particular food or food groups and report it.

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