NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF EATING THE RAINBOW (Various Colours of Fruits)

Fruit and Vegetables are among the healthiest foods in existence. They are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. They are easy to digest and exercise a cleansing effect on the blood and digestive tract. They are also rich sources of fibre. Vegetables in particular have the correct proportion of antioxidants, minerals and phytochemicals that help keep the blood sugar level in balance, create better energy in the body and along with fruits build up the immune system. The organic acids and high sugar content of fruits have immediate refreshing effects. Many fruits are rich in vitamin A, which supports the immune system, helps bone growth and keeps the skin healthy.

Our God in His perfect will for man in the beginning gave man a second instruction after the dominion mandate. This instruction pertained to his food (Genesis 1:29). Also, when Daniel and his friends chose to eat vegetables instead of the king’s meat, they emerged healthier and fatter than their contemporaries (Daniel 1:12-15). This eating habit attests to the contrary life expectancy of our biblical ancestors and present day. 

Unfortunately, civilisation, modernization and nutrition transition in the world today have eroded our values for fruits and vegetables, and left us with obesogenic diets and the concomitant health challenges it poses.

Below is the rainbow classification of fruits and vegetables and some of their benefits.

  1. GREEN FOODS: (Lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Cabbage, Cucumber etc.) Green foods are especially good for the circulatory system. They contain minerals, Vitamin B-complex and phytochemicals like indoles which are powerful anti-cancerous compounds.
  2. RED FOODS: (Tomatoes, Watermelon, Red Cabbage etc.) The phytochemical, Lycopene, in red foods helps to prevent prostate cancer and reduces the effect of sun damage to the skin. Note, the more reddish your watermelon and tomatoes are at the point of consumption, the more their lycopene content.
  3. ORANGE FOODS: (Carrot, Pumpkin, Squash, Tumeric etc.) Orange foods contain carotenoids that help to prevent cancer by repairing the DNA (genes). These foods are good for the eyes and help night vision.  
  4. YELLOW FOODS: (Pineapples, Oranges, Tangerines, Pawpaw, Peaches etc.) These fruits are high in antioxidants especially Vitamin C. They help to improve the health of the mucus membrane and connective tissue. They also prevent heart disease by improving circulation and preventing inflammation.
  5. WHITE AND GREEN FOODS: (Garlic, Onions, Celery etc.) The white and green food combination contain a variety of phytochemicals. Garic and Onions contain Allicin – the anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial pyto6 chemical that can act a “POOR Man’s ANTIBIOTIC”. Adding Garlic and onions to your meals reduces the toxicity of high fatty meats.
  6. RED/PURPLE/BLUE FOODS: (Red Apples, Strawberries, Cranberries, Prunes, Grapes, Blackberries etc.) These fruits are rich in a powerful anti-oxidant called anthocyanin that protects against heart diseases, improve circulation, and prevent blood cloth. They also contain anti-ageing phytochemicals.

Beloved, the time to detoxify your body is now. Make wise informed choices of your daily meals. “You are what you eat”.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Ofili Chinenye

TAKE HEED

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).

This month, I want to task us to take heed about what we do when our children are around us. We are their best teachers and they emulate us unconsciously. Whatever we do as couples affect our children either positively or negatively.

Sometime ago, I held discussions with some children of workers and born-again Christians in and realized that we, Christians are like mirrors to our children. Some of them said their parents only complained about their dressings and how they did not study the Word nor attend programs; but when compared to their parents, they felt they were better. Then I asked, why? They listed things they had observed which made Christianity unappealing to them:

  1. They said Christians, particularly their parents, do not forgive each other. They keep malice and when they are in church, people believe that they are saints, and the little they know about God is that He said we should forgive (Matthew 6:12).
  2. They also observed that their parents did not love each other, yet claimed to be serving God, Who is love (1 John 4:8).
  3. Marital separation means nothing to them, which has made them to decide against living with their spouse when they are grown.
  4. They think Christianity to be a scam where people only do what pleases them and set aside other less pleasing instructions and principles. As a result, they attend to physical things such as how they look and how religious they seem, and are not concerned about developing a good relationship with God. Obeying God’s commandments to the letter are also deemed unnecessary.

Therefore, I have decided to advise us parents to please take heed in what we do and our decisions, so that it will not destroy our children’s lives and their relationships with God. 

Do you know that many children from broken homes (divorced or separated) mostly end up becoming single parents? Some whose parents have in one way or another been abused also take decisions never to tolerate what their parents went through and end up with an unsettled home. This trend has continued for generations and it is time to put an end to it for the sake of future generations. 

Please, for God’s sake, your children see and listen to most of your conversations, so be careful when you talk to your spouse. Let your quarrels end in your bedroom. It must not leak out because of its effect on your children. They are your legacy and future, do not let them refer to some of the negative things you said or did later in the future. How do you want to minister to your children when you have not crucified your flesh? What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? (Mark 8:36) 

The Bible says if you are bringing an offering to the Lord and you remember that someone is angry with you, leave your gift and first reconcile with him/her before presenting your offering. However, these days we are even bold to attend services without forgiving one another. Where is the spirit of old that made you feel very uncomfortable when you did not fully obey the Word of God? 

For our children’s sake, let us recheck ourselves; whatever we are doing that can make our children to see our religion as hypocritical, please stop it. I pray that we will not loose any of our children to the devil nor will we become reprobates at the end in the Jesus Name.

MENTAL HEALTH

LOVE AND GIVING

MONTH OF SEPARATION & BRINGING FORTH Gen 1:9-13

I bless the name of the Lord for the privilege He has given us to see and witness another great month in the year 2019,May HIS Name be praised.The third month of the year is really a special season and a month of great expectations, it is my prayers that your great expectations will not be cut off in Jesus Name.The Lord will do a great and mighty thing in your life and in the life of your loved ones in Jesus Name,He will cause His face to continually shine upon you and provide for your needs according to His riches in Glory.

According to the passage, it is evident that the month of March is loaded with two major miracles

1) The miracle of SEPARATION :Genesis 1:9-10 KJV

[9] And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. [10] And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

Your situations in life can be influenced by what you are attached to or what is attached to you. Genesis 13:14 KJV

[14] And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:

God didn’t speak to Abram concerning His full plan and purpose for his life until he was separated from his nephew Lot.this month i pray for you that ;

whatever is not of God,

whatever is not part of God’s plan for your life,

Whatever represents curses and spells,

Whatever represents poverty and lack,

Whatever represents sickness or infirmity of body,

Whatever represents delay and bareness that attached itself to your life and your destiny may the Lord cause a divine separation by fire between you, your life and destiny and all that evils this month of March in Jesus Name.

2) The second miracle according to our bible passage is the miracle of BRINGING FORTH.Genesis 1:11-12 KJV

[11] And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. [12] And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

To bring forth means to shine as a result of fruitfulness .this third month of the year you shall bring forth good fruits and not shame in Jesus Name, your cloud shall release its rain and there shall be showers of blessings and increase in your life and your house hold in the mighty Name of Jesus.All the great potentials God has deposited in your life that is yet

to manifest shall bring forth greatly this month in Jesus Name ,no power will be able to clamp down on your Glory . Go and bring forth Blessings this month in Jesus Name.

PRAYER POINTS

1) Thank God and give Him praise for bringing you into the month of March in health and strength

2) Father;I commit my ways into your mighty Hands this  month, let it be well with me and my household in Jesus Name.

3)Father, please separate and cause a permanent division between me and every power and situation holding me down in life in Jesus Name

4) Father,Let my life bring forth Blessings and produce good fruits this month in Jesus Name

5) I decree that Joy, favour and God’s mercies shall follow me and my household this month in Jesus Name.