“Beloved, in regard to all things I pray that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2 MKJV).
“May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 WEB).
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit in you, whom you have of God? And you are not your own, for you are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 MKJV).
The idea of putting together these materials came from our involvement with other believers who’ve come to us through this website and to whom we’ve been ministering the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is our Entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. While we’re seated in Heavenly places with Christ, we still live on this earth, a place shrouded in great darkness by the prince of this world. We’ve often seen how so many others, especially those professing Christ, have been clued out to the many harmful and destructive ways of men that are considered normal and acceptable in this world.
Satan doesn’t just come against us spiritually and mentally to defeat and destroy, but also physically. If he can’t fool you with false doctrine, he’ll get you with ignorance of common everyday things we now suffer.
“For lack of knowledge, My people perish…” (Hosea 4:6).
We wanted to share the many things the Lord has taught us in bringing us back to basics so that we might live well, things we had no idea of before He alerted us. It all comes down to doing the right things for the right reasons. Here we have translated this principle into practical terms to live by in everyday matters. These guidelines will serve everyone well, being in harmony with God’s laws and His creation. It’s His will that we all come to this place.
Instead of being burdened with “dos” and “don’ts,” our intent is that you would become alerted to the things that are most urgent to change, and to continue educating yourself in the details of what works best as you seek to apply the principles of life. This should be the opening of a wonderful new world of promise and a welcome adventure, not a heavy weight around your neck.
And one caveat: While we emphasize thrift and wise use of resources, we aren’t advocating being cheap or miserly. The Lord once said to us, “You can live expensively at the bottom or inexpensively at the top.” Our God is liberal and not bound by money. With Him, there is always a way. Above all, trust and obey Him.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, and keep His commandments. For this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13 MKJV).
Here are the issues we address, with applicable principles, facts, and resources:
Table of Contents
Food & Food Issues
If something isn’t marked certified organic, assume it’s not (unless you’ve talked to the farmer and know how he grew or raised it). Learn to read labels; even in organic there can be suspect ingredients.
By eating organic food, you avoid:
- Pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, growth hormones, and other toxic chemicals in the food;
- Harmful food additives, colorings, preservatives, excitotoxins, and artificial sweeteners;
By eating organic food, you get:
- Healthier plants, animals, people, and farm operations;
- Better nutrition;
- Better flavor and enhanced eating pleasure;
- Benefit to the environment overall.
Say No to GMO!
Avoid GMOs at all cost. If buying organic, your risk of being exposed to GMOs is greatly reduced. There are still organic products that allow small amounts of soy lecithin or other GMO ingredients, so read the label.
The Big 3 GMO Ingredients: Corn, Soy, and Canola. These are in 90% of conventional processed foods.
Avoid foods that contain high fructose corn syrup.
For this reason and others, avoid restaurants and fast food establishments. Read Eating Out.
A partial list of hidden GMO products that show up in everyday foods (hint, if they don’t say organic, err on the side of caution, and assume they are GM):
Aspartame (also called AminoSweetR, NutraSweetR, Equal SpoonfulR, CanderelR, BeneViaR, E951) baking powder, canola oil (rapeseed oil), caramel color, cellulose, citric acid, cobalamin (Vitamin B12), colorose, condensed milk, confectioner’s sugar, corn flour, corn masa, corn meal, corn oil, corn sugar, corn syrup, cornstarch, cottonseed oil, cyclodextrin, cystein, dextrin, dextrose, diacetyl diglyceride, erythritol, Equal, food starch, fructose (any form), glucose, glutamate, glutamic acid, glycerides, glycerin, glycerol, glycerol monooleate, glycine, hemicellulose, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), hydrogenated starch, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, inositol, inverse syrup, inversol, invert sugar, isoflavones, lactic acid, lecithin, leucine, lysine, malitol, malt, malt syrup, malt extract, maltodextrin, maltose, mannitol, methylcellulose, milk powder, milo starch, modified food starch, modified starch, mono and diglycerides, monosodium glutamate (MSG), Nutrasweet, oleic acid, Phenylalanine, phytic acid, protein isolate, shoyu, sorbitol, soy flour, soy isolates, soy lecithin, soy milk, soy oil, soy protein, soy protein isolate, soy sauce, starch, stearic acid, sugar (unless specified as cane sugar), tamari, tempeh, teriyaki marinades, textured vegetable protein, threonine, tocopherols (vitamin E), tofu, trehalose, triglyceride, vegetable fat, vegetable oil, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, whey, whey powder, xanthan gum
Watch Genetic Roulette.
We recommend high quality cast iron (smooth finish, well seasoned), as well as ceramic-coated cookware, stainless steel, or clay. There are several good brands out there – not cheap, but worth the price (Emile Henry, Le Creuset, and others).
Use wooden or stainless steel utensils, as well as high-quality silicone or rubber spatulas that can withstand heat.
Never use pots, pans, toaster ovens (or other cooking appliances) coated with Teflon or otherwise marketed as non-stick. Watch The Devil We Know.
Learn to Cook
Learn to cook from scratch, starting simple. It is a basic of life, but it can seem daunting for someone just beginning. Take it a step at a time, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes – learn from them and go on. A very good cookbook is How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman – he keeps his recipes easy and simple, and many of them are based upon whole foods.
Avoid all non-organic sweeteners.
Good sweeteners are maple syrup, raw cane sugar, and non-pasteurized (raw) honey.
Clean and Unclean Meats
God designed certain animals for eating and others for different purposes. Avoid Biblically-forbidden foods (Leviticus 11) such as pork, and any animal that doesn’t have a split hoof and chew the cud (rabbits, horses, rodents, bear, etc.), reptiles and amphibians (snakes, crocodiles, turtles, frogs, etc.), shellfish (lobster, crab, shrimp, etc.), seafood (mussels, oysters, scallops, clams, etc.), fish without fins and scales (swordfish, shark, catfish, etc.), and birds without a crop (gizzard) to pre-digest their food.
Here’s a more comprehensive resource: Unclean Animal Food List.
Don’t drink too much coffee and be sure it’s organic – conventional coffee is especially toxic.
Ideas surrounding salt today are very messy.
- Some people say you shouldn’t eat salt.
- Some say if you are going to eat salt, it must be iodized.
- Some people think they are getting good quality salt because it comes in big chunks at the grocery store and it’s called “sea salt”.
- Some people think they are getting good salt because it’s pink and it’s called “Himalayan.”
Good salt isn’t bad for you; on the contrary, it’s essential for life. Salt does not need to be iodized if it isn’t stripped of its natural iodine to begin with. Stripped and processed salt in big chunks is still worthless and poisonous. And not all pink salt is good quality Himalayan salt.
Most of the salt that is sold in the grocery store as “iodized/table/kosher” is the waste product left over after genuine sea salt has been stripped of everything beneficial. Sea salt contains the perfect balance of beneficial minerals necessary for human life. Supplement companies make their money by stripping these minerals out of real sea salt and selling them as mineral supplements.
Artificially iodizing salt was a response to children becoming ill from goiter due to iodine deficiencies, caused by robbing salt of iodine.
Make sure to purchase your salt from a reputable source. Do your research. Good salt, like genuine food and medicine, is not cheap.
Many people think they are lactose intolerant when only very few people are. Most people who think they are lactose intolerant are, in fact, allergic to the tiny protein particles created by milk homogenization. Don’t be confused by labeling. Any milk that does not need to be shaken to reincorporate the layer of fat at the top has been homogenized. Homogenization is not necessary by law anywhere in the world.
Do not drink homogenized milk. It might be okay for cooking but you should not drink it as a regular part of your diet.
Pasteurization is required by law in most places. Do your research. If at all possible, find a source for raw milk. If raw milk is illegal where you live, seek out low temperature pasteurized milk. High temperature and ultra high temperature pasteurized milk are not suitable for drinking.
Absolutely do not throw food waste into the garbage can. Anything that can be composted ought to be composted. There is no excuse for throwing anything that can become healthy topsoil into a landfill. If needed, get in contact with local gardening groups or even your local farmer. There are many people looking to acquire free carbon and nutrients for their agricultural enterprise. Take responsibility for the impact that you have on the world you were given to take care of.
Don’t use them.
Economics of Buying Food
Consider buying food in bulk. For example, a two-pound bag of flour can cost up to 3 times more by weight than 50-lb bags of flour. Don’t buy bulk if it will lead to waste. Never waste food; never waste your leftovers. Food is providence from the Hand of God. Wasting it is mocking Him.
Processed foods are very expensive – accept the responsibility to cook from scratch as much as you can.
Good water is vitally important. That’s why proper filtration is so necessary. Many filtration products are unacceptable and ineffective.
Good filtration products are available on our website. Consider the value of doing business with the people who care enough about you to make this information available.
In the bigger picture, fluoridation of municipal water systems is a grave assault on your right to decide for yourself whether you want to ingest the toxic residue of industrial phosphate plants as a supposed preventative medicine against cavities. Learn more and join us in standing against this ongoing crime – see FluorideFreeLethbridge.com.
Water revitalization is greatly beneficial – another necessary treatment for good water.
Don’t wear conventional deodorant and especially antiperspirant. Don’t use conventional shampoo, body wash, lotion, baby shampoo, and scented/antibacterial soap. Look for organic shampoo and soap, or make your own.
Avoid sunscreens. And don’t believe those who say getting sun on your skin is harmful. Contrary to popular belief, the sun is not only good, but essential for you. Use common sense to avoid burning your skin.
Don’t get tattoos. The ink used in body art is toxic.
Mouth & Tooth Care
Look for organic toothpaste. Make sure it does not have fluoride.
Do not get fluoride treatments, root canals, or mercury amalgam fillings. Avoid unnecessary X-rays. If an X-Ray is unavoidable, be sure to request the lead vest.
Contrary to popular belief, wisdom teeth don’t normally need to be removed.
If you have chronic bad breath you can use diluted hydrogen peroxide, or swish with sea salt, baking soda (½ tsp to ½ cup of water) and one drop of peppermint oil or tea tree. Chronic bad breath is often caused by internal health problems and won’t be solved by mouthwash.
Insects are attracted to synthetic fragrances, and sickness. Avoid conventional insect repellants.
General Health Issues & Maintenance
A diverse organic diet will eliminate the need for vitamin and mineral supplements. Vital nutrients in the form of food are the least expensive and most available.
One supplement that we do recommend, whether you are sick or not, is dandelion root powder. It is an excellent liver cleanser that promotes a healthy immune system.
Don’t take vaccines or give them to your children.
Whenever possible, don’t take pharmaceutical medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter. Look for natural/herbal solutions for your health concerns and seek the Lord for understanding (God Heals Today, His Way).
If you must go to the doctor, find one who is at least open to natural medicine or is a practicing naturopath or homeopath. That said, there are conventional medical practitioners the Lord will provide when necessary; don’t be afraid of them or their treatments.
Avoid routine use of antibiotics. If you must go through a course of antibiotics, do it completely (reducing risk of bacterial/viral antibiotic resistance), and replenish the good bacteria in your gut by eating a good supply of various fermented products like yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, kimchi, etc.
Most people don’t get enough sleep. Get ample sleep – a must for your immune system, as important as food. Minimize disruptive noise and light in your sleep environment.
Cold/Flu Prevention and Remedies
Adequate sleep, exercise, organic food, and clean, living water are the primary defenses against illness.
Periodic colds and flus are normal when the immune system is compromised, often as a result of insufficient sleep or poor diet. When you get ill, take the time for rest – it’s what your body is calling for.
Digestive health is a result of good eating habits. Refer to our fermented foods section.
Short 1 to 5 day water or juice fasts can stimulate detoxification and help to heal a worn-out digestive system.
Joints & Ligaments
Proper diet, exercise, and regular stretching resolve many joint problems. Consider physiotherapy, chiropractic, or prolotherapy before major surgery.
Prolotherapy involves injecting sugar water into the problem ligaments, which creates inflammation and causes the body to wake up to the existing problem and start its repair job. It works amazingly well.
Avoid synthetic pain relief whenever possible. Start by investigating the source of the pain and look to the Lord for a solution (Read God Heals Today, His Way).
Be aware that long periods of computer use can weaken the eyes. Take occasional breaks from the computer; walk around a bit. Do your best to follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
For all-day office work, use full-spectrum lighting when possible.
Don’t wear sunglasses more than necessary; they block UV light, which is necessary for eye (and general) health.
Excess weight can cause various health issues – physically, mentally/emotionally, and spiritually. If you are overweight, seek the Lord for what you need to lose weight and eliminate unhealthy habits. A simple place to start is to eat less, avoid between meal snacks, forgo desserts, and move/exercise more. You would be surprised how much weight you can lose by eating strictly organic food.
Seek God for the strength and grace to quit. By the will of God, go cold turkey, as opposed to relying upon your own strength, wisdom, and devices.
Don’t use nicotine products. The Chi Machine can help you to combat addictions and cravings and help with detoxification.
Avoid X-rays (dental included), MRI, CT scans, and full body airport scanners (opt for manual pat down). It’s very important to eliminate radiation exposure whenever possible – the effects are cumulative.
Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF’s)
Men, consider sitting or kneeling, particularly if someone else is responsible for cleaning up after you.
New Clothes & Clothes Shopping
Wear clothing with natural fibers, organic when possible, especially when buying clothes that hug the skin. Many issues with body odor are a result of synthetic materials like polyester suffocating the body.
Find a natural laundry detergent approved for washing machines. Many “homemade” laundry detergents will leave grease deposits in your machine that damage the components. You don’t need to find natural fabric softeners. Just don’t use them. They wreck your clothes. Use wool dryer balls instead.
Avoid dry cleaning. Many clothes labels say dry-cleaning is required, when this isn’t the case. Hand-washing is often sufficient.
Care about what you’re buying; learn to read labels on clothing. Wool requires special treatment as opposed to cotton or hemp. Looking into what the clothes are made from will guide you in how to care for them (or ask for advice).
Avoid synthetic (conventional) fragrances in any products that contain them.
Avoid makeup – it is extremely toxic.
Hairspray, Hair Dyes, and Nail Polish
Don’t use hair dyes or nail polish. Most hairsprays and gels are toxic.
Be sure to wear a properly fitted bra. It makes a big difference in your overall comfort, and spinal health.
Avoid underwire bras.
Tampons and Pads
Do not use tampons or conventional pads. Consider the gravity of the situation. You are absorbing chemicals into the area of the body that balances your hormonal system and safeguards your future children. No matter what type of feminine hygiene products you choose, it’s important to seek out organic brands to avoid being exposed to chemicals and toxins in such a highly absorbent area of the body.
Pregnancy & Child-Rearing
Do not use pharmaceutical contraceptive agents. They wreak havoc on the hormonal and reproductive system.
Avoid the unnecessary (routine) use of ultrasounds.
At childbirth, be assertive and clearly state in writing that you do not want any vaccines, Vitamin K shots, or erythromycin eye salve for your child.
Avoid birth interventions whenever possible, like epidurals, PCA (patient-controlled anesthesia), C-sections, the use of foreceps, vacuums, or episiotomies/perineotomies.
If you are eating a well-balanced, organic diet, you can ignore your doctor’s suggestion for vitamin supplements.
Umbilical Cord Care
Don’t allow the doctor or staff to clamp the umbilical cord too quickly, as this can lead to cerebral palsy or other health conditions.
For more about various birth procedures, see this template you can use as a letter for the hospital (adjust the header and parts within brackets – watch for them – for use accordingly): Natural Birth Plan.
Use natural cloth diapers instead of disposable for health, financial, and environmental reasons. Conventional diapers are a chemical bath for your child’s reproductive system. Start taking care of your grandkids right away.
Baby Care Products
Shop wisely for baby care products. Keep it simple; avoid chemicals and fragrances.
Breast milk is superior to formula in every way. The first two days of breastfeeding after birth are especially important.
Infant Ear Health
Ear infections are an epidemic in developed countries, the primary cause being water in the ear canal. Do not allow your infants’ ears to be submerged in water for any amount of time.
Daily bathing is not good for your child’s immune system. Occasional wipe downs with a warm soapy cloth are sufficient.
Household Issues & Cleaners
Soaps and Cleaners
Avoid conventional dish soap, laundry soap, fabric softeners, cleaning solutions, air fresheners, drain cleaners, window cleaners, stain repellents, furniture polish, chemical pesticides, and products containing ammonia or fragrances.
Pillows & Mattresses
Bedding and pillows and mattresses can contain nasty chemicals. Do your research; natural solutions do exist.
Take responsibility for your waste footprint. Consider that many plastic bags and other containers can be reused or repurposed.
Use low-VOC paints inside your home.
Carpet cleaning solutions contain a cocktail of noxious chemicals. Find a product that contains, or business that offers, plant-based cleaning solutions. Say no to optical brighteners.
Garden & Lawn Care
Fertilizers and Pesticides
Don’t use chemicals, like artificial fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides. This is crucial, not only for the surrounding environment and the issues of what you are supporting with such purchases, but also for the health of your family and pets.
If you have animals in your care, consider their health needs. Neglecting to take care of their nutrition will only cost you more money in the long run. It will also ruin the quality of living for the animal. Their health needs are the same as yours – proper food, water, salt, and exercise.
Read House Pets.
Flea, tick, & ant prevention
To get rid of or prevent mites, look for Diatomaceous Earth. It helps with ants and ticks, too.
Only use credit cards if you pay off the full balance every month.
The first question to ask yourself would be: “Why do I need a loan?” Often there are other ways to manage a situation without going into debt. The Scriptures say, “Owe no one anything, except to love one another…” (Romans 13:8 MKJV). Don’t assume you know what to do in your financial matters.
Do not purchase insurance except where legally required. Do your best to avoid situations where insurance is legally required.
When you need to buy something, consider buying used. It’s often a much better buy.
Above all, have faith God will provide your needs His way. The goal isn’t to buy things at the cheapest price, but to be a good steward and walk in faith.
Don’t buy things you don’t need, and don’t be tempted into buying something just because it sounds good.
Whenever you can, support local products, businesses, producers, and growers. Consider whom you are supporting with your purchasing dollars, whether local or international.
Don’t buy from businesses who support Islamic jihadists and take an anti-Semitic stance. If you can help it, don’t buy from, or stand with, anyone who boycotts or opposes Israel. BDS is especially egregious, as are many such organizations. It’s important to consider who you’re giving your money to and what they support. It’s not possible to know everyone’s motives, but don’t fail to pursue and act on available knowledge.
Charities, Beggars, and Fundraisers
Don’t trust them or believe you are serving a noble purpose by “giving to them that ask,” according to a naïve and erroneous interpretation of what the Lord was advising.
Many beggars are liars and opportunists; beware of those with elaborate stories of emergency needs.
Many apparently reputable charities are thriving with profitable, high-salaried administration and financing programs that you could find disgusting and contrary to truth and justice.
Observe safe driving methods. Avoid phone calls, even hands-free while driving, and never text and drive. On the road, your attention should remain on the surroundings. Watch From One Second to the Next.
Find a good mechanic you can trust.
Be responsible for the maintenance of your car. If you aren’t a handy person, be sure to follow the scheduled maintenance plan in your vehicle manual.
Car Buying Tips
Buy used vehicles when you can, because most cars lose a good percentage of their value just being driven off the lot.
Research the best makes and models of the type of vehicle to suit your needs. Use various consumer reports available on the net. Look for a vehicle that is reliable and inexpensive to repair.
Ask questions to find out about the history of the vehicle you’re looking at. When dealing with an individual rather than a dealership, you’ll be able to better assess the car, having the owner available to inform you. You can also see what kind of person you are dealing with, which tells you something important. Another bonus is you will generally get a better price dealing directly with the owner, cutting out salesman’s commissions and dealership overhead.
That said, there are many private shysters out there; buyer beware. Ask around, investigate, get 2 or 3 independent witnesses to all these things and save yourself potential sorrow. Above all, trust the Lord and follow His leading.
Have your mechanic check over the vehicle if you’re serious about owning it, especially if it’s more than a few years old.
Use sound thinking and principles. Do you know what those are? No? Then find out.
“Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war” (Proverbs 20:18 KJV).
“Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established” (Proverbs 15:22 KJV).
Computer Issues and Maintenance
First, purchase a quality computer. Better to buy a used, reliable brand than a low quality, inexpensive new computer.
Avoid going to gambling sites, gaming sites, and those for pirated software – where you can easily pick up a virus. And don’t use pirated software, for legal and ethical reasons.
For your life, don’t go to sites containing any degree of porn, soft or hard. Don’t look at pictures containing scantily-clad women or men, models with indiscreet clothing, and women in bathing suits. A little always leads to more, so don’t even stick your toe in those waters.
Regularly backup the files on your computer, copying to another location. There are various methods that work for this. One easy to use program that stores your data on the cloud is Google Backup and Sync. It’s free up to 15GB.
Use a good surge protector and unplug it from the wall when electrical storms come through.
Be sure to use legitimate, supported virus protection software.
Never open attachments or links that seem even remotely questionable – either you don’t know the sender, or you do know the sender, but you don’t know why they’re sending the e-mail to you.
Messages asking you to resolve a shipping issue, an account issue, or any immediate issue are typical spam, as are messages that say, “Hey, I made so much money, just click this link….” No matter if you know the person or not, don’t click the link. The same goes for messages from people you know only containing a link, no explanation. Don’t click the link; it is typical virus spam.
Proverbs 3:5-18 GNB
(5) Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know.
(6) Remember the LORD in everything you do, and He will show you the right way.
(7) Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the LORD and refuse to do wrong.
(8) If you do, it will be like good medicine, healing your wounds and easing your pains.
(9) Honor the LORD by making Him an offering from the best of all that your land produces.
(10) If you do, your barns will be filled with grain, and you will have too much wine to store it all.
(11) My child, when the LORD corrects you, pay close attention and take it as a warning.
(12) The LORD corrects those He loves, as parents correct a child of whom they are proud.
(13) Happy is anyone who becomes wise—who comes to have understanding.
(14) There is more profit in it than there is in silver; it is worth more to you than gold.
(15) Wisdom is more valuable than jewels; nothing you could want can compare with it.
(16) Wisdom offers you long life, as well as wealth and honor.
(17) Wisdom can make your life pleasant and lead you safely through it.
(18) Those who become wise are happy; wisdom will give them life.
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If there ever was an emancipating truth, it is that when we accept our circumstances involving all things and people, both evil and good, as designed by an all-wise and powerful Creator, we taste victory to the degree that we believe. Acceptance of our lot, no matter what it is, is a life confession and acknowledgment that Jesus Christ is LORD.
When I first looked into this tapping therapy, I recognized some value in it. However, as I examined it further, I realized that the believer’s principles of acceptance of one’s circumstances and giving thanks for them are far more powerful and effective. It has been my pleasure and privilege to turn midnight to high noon within minutes, if not seconds, just by giving God thanks and praise for tough situations within and without. What could be more powerful than that?