The Dangers of a Low Carb Diet
John 6:25-35 KJV
Fooled v. 25-27
Filled v. 28-31
Found v. 32-35
And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Despite the claims of diets that promote cutting back on carbohydrates, these macronutrients are among the most important components of the foods you eat. Carbohydrates typically come in three varieties: sugars, starches and fiber. Grains, vegetables, fruits and dairy are all sources of carbohydrates, which should make up about 45 to 65 percent of your daily caloric intake. Getting too few carbohydrates can lead to unpleasant side-effects and, over time, even major complications.
Carbohydrates are your body’s main energy source. Every gram of carbohydrates you consume contains about 4 calories. When you consume carbohydrates, the enzyme amylase converts them into glucose, the primary fuel that the body uses to power all cellular activity. The heart, brain, kidneys and muscles all need carbohydrates to function. Excess carbohydrates can be stored in the liver and muscles for later use after being converted into glycogen.
When you restrict carbohydrates from your diet, you are likely to experience side-effects as your body tries to make up for the sudden lack of fuel. You are likely to experience mood swings, nausea, dizziness, weakness and depression as a result. As your body goes into ketosis – a state in which fat and protein are burned for fuel instead of carbohydrates – your body will produce compounds called ketones that can show up in your saliva and cause bad breath. You might also notice that your thinking gets foggy as your brain runs out of glucose to fuel its normal activity.
- How does this relate late to our Christian walk
- As we will see today Jesus is the Bread of Life
- He not only saved us but also substance us
- It is through Him that we have our energy (Holy Spirit)
- He helps our mood (The fruit of the Spirit)
- He gives us joy the opposite of depression
- As well as brings us out of that foggy haze by (Renewing our mind)
Often when trying to explain to people the importance of “carbs” they will say I don’t need them. But my reply is if Jesus ate bread then it should be fine for us. This is often the same folks that justify drinking wine because after all Jesus did. And will not listen when you try to explain that biblical wine was not the same as wine today
- Point being (people “Christians” can justify all their actions
- But how does it compare to what Jesus said
- As we will see Jesus is the bread of life
- After coming to Christ it is vital that we keep a healthy diet that includes Him
- If not we will rely on a previous experience or system to guide our lives
(Fooled themselves my wrong motives)
- 1. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?
- When they finally found Jesus in Capernaum, the people said to Him in amazement, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”
- They knew He had not left in the disciples’ boat. Nor could He have walked (on land) to Capernaum without them having seen Him. Although they had found Him, the mystery of how Jesus came to Capernaum still remained.
- Have you ever been in the midst of a situation, either crises of praise and realized Jesus had shown up
- This may be the most profound question the disciples asked in their following of Christ
- I recently made the statement “You can’t run away from God”
- Do you know why
- Because He is everywhere, so wherever you’re going
- HE is already there!!
- Jesus doesn’t just show up
- Often we simply do not acknowledge His presence
- Jesus purposely did not answer their question.
- There are times He does not answer because He knows our selfish motives
- Just the day before they had tried to make Him king by force after He miraculously fed them; telling them of another, even more spectacular miracle would only have fueled their misguided messianic fervor. Besides, the Lord did not commit Himself to thrill-seeking false disciples
- We live in a time & a nation that is consumes with signs & miracles
- Churches & ministries have gotten rich from the thrill seeker mentality
- When the reality of who Jesus is and what He did on the cross is enough
- The greatest miracle He ever preformed is SAVING ME!
- And the greatest trill I have ever experienced is HIS grace & mercy
- Tell me how something of this world can compare to that!!!
- 2. Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
- So blinded were they by their superficial desire for food and miracles that they missed the true spiritual significance of Jesus’ person and mission
- They failed to recognize the sign in the miracle
- Much like today when God moves many miss it
- Credit is given to luck, karma, mortal men
- But often not to the one that preformed the miracle
- The miracle that points to CHRIST
- Many in here are walking miracles
- I know I am
- This Church
- Our ministry
- It is from God and God alone!!!
- 3. Labour not for the meat which perisheth,
- Jesus rebuked the crowd for their crass materialism
- They were consumed with their fleshly desires
- Rather than that which has value
- Stop yearning for bread-cakes and the like, as if physical food would ever be able to fill the void in your heart.
- He was not condoning laziness. Rather
- He was saying that people should expend their efforts for what will last forever.
“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”
- Realize that this food perishes, has no abiding value.
- Christ taught us not to worry about such things
- “Lord give us our daily bread”
- Provide for me what I need today
- What I need more than anything
- Is more of HIM & less of ME
- And when we get more of Him
- Our desires change
- 4. But for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life,
- There is a word that pertains to this verse from the previous verse
- Labor, work!
- We are not saved by works
- But we should pursue to find that which saves us
- And after finding HIM
- Although HE found use
- And that salvation last forever
- We should want as much of Jesus he paid for us
- We should be stuffing ourselves with HIM
- I can prove that biblically
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
- I have a simple question
- How can you be filled with something if you don’t consume it..
- Salvation is a onetime deal……………………….
- Being filled with God is daily, hourly!
- Confess sin, prayer, obedience, service, His word
- Our lives give indication of who and what we are
- Our desires will give indication of who and what we are
- We all fail
- We all sin
- But if we’re ok with it
- We’re not OK……………………….
- 5. Which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
- After all, to gain the whole material world but forfeit one’s eternal soul profits nothing (Matt. 16:26; Luke 12:16–21).
- As the one on whom the Father, God, has set His seal of approval, Jesus has the authority to dispense the spiritual food that comes from God and satisfies the hunger for righteousness (Matt. 5:6).
- Let me ask this
- How many of you like to eat?
- I’ve seen some of you eat
- You don’t like it
- You Love it
- Have you ever been hungry?
- I mean hungry
- Let me ask this
- If you were offered food would you refuse it.
- Let me ask this
- Do you hunger and thirst for the Lord
- Are you seeking what He has to offer
- And if you are
- ARE YOU ACCEPTING IT
In an April, 1988 edition of Sports Illustrated, their was a story titled “Ali and His Entourage”. Sports writer Gary Smith went to Ali’s farmhouse to interview the three-time world champion. On the floor leaning against the walls, were mementos of Ali in his prime. Photos and portraits of the champ punching and dancing. Sculpted body. Fist punching the air. Championship belt held high in triumph. “The thrilla in Manila.”
But on the pictures were white steaks – bird droppings. Ali looked into the rafters at the pigeons who had made his gym their home. And then he did something significant. Perhaps it was a gesture of closure. Maybe it was a statement of despair. Whatever the reason, he walked over to the row of pictures and turned them, one by one, toward the wall. He then walked to the door, stared at the countryside, and mumbled something so low that Smith had to ask him to repeat it. Ali did.
“I had the world,” he said, “and it wasn’t nothin’. Look now.”
- There is nothing wrong with dream
- There is nothing wrong with goals
- There is nothing wrong with money or success
- What is wrong is if they are not pursued in a Godly way
- And used to glorify Him
- As well as point others to HIM
- If that is the case they are nothing
(Filled my their own ideas)
- 1. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
- Seems like a great question
- However why were they wanting to do this work
- And what kind of works
- Were they wanting to heal
- Were they wanting to provide food
- They were not interested in God
- They were wanting for self or for God
- They also thought that you had to work to get to God
- The people recognized that Jesus was saying God had a requirement for them.
- They would do God’s requirement if He would inform them what it was.
- They believed that they could please God and thus obtain eternal life by doing good works
- What was the work of God
- Therefore when we believe on Him
- We now have a great task set before us
- To point others to HIM
- Any church, ministry or preacher that is not pointing people to Christ
- Is not of GOD…….
- 2. Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
- Once again the work of God was to believe on Christ
- The Jews had been waiting
- They were looking
- Yet when Christ arrived they missed it
- They were looking for a earthly king
- Not a humble servant of God
- How many miss God because of their own ideas?
- 3. They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
- They were brazenly demanding Jesus’ credentials, in response to His claim in verse 29
- John Calvin observed, “This wicked question clearly shows the truth of what is said elsewhere: ‘A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign’
- Unbelief, however, is never satisfied, no matter how much evidence is given.
- How many signs did they need
- They just witnessed Him feed 25,000.00 with 5 loafs of bread and 2 fish
- He had healed folks already
- He got a tax collector to give up everything to follow Him
- What else did they need to see
- What are you waiting to see????
- 4. Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
- They asked for so little
- When He had everything to offer
- Do we not do the same
The story is told of two old friends bumped into one another on the street one day. One of them looked forlorn, almost on the verge of tears. His friend asked, “What has the world done to you, my old friend?” The sad fellow said, “Let me tell you. Three weeks ago, an uncle died and left me forty thousand dollars.” “That’s a lot of money.” “But, two weeks ago, a cousin I never even knew died, and left me eighty-five thousand free and clear.” “Sounds like you’ve been blessed….” “You don’t understand!” he interrupted. “Last week my great-aunt passed away. I inherited almost a quarter of a million.” Now he was really confused. “Then, why do you look so
glum?” “This week… nothing!”
- God has given us everything
- What He has to offer is eternal
- And there will be times we think He’s not active in our lives
- Less remember what He already gave us
- 1. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven;
- Rather than worshiping Jesus as Messiah and Savior, they wanted Him to continually give them bread out of heaven to eat with their mouths, not their hearts,
- When in reality who they thought did a miracle in the past was not the one that provided
- Often we forget who the real provider is
- 2. But my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
- They were asking for manna
- They wanted that which did not last
- The true bread
- Not the law
- Not a system
- Not a man
- God in the flesh
- 3. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
- 4. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
- When presented with the truth
- What is your response
- Their continuing desire to use Jesus for their physical needs is evident from this demand and a clear indication of their superficial interest.
- It still marks the shallow, temporary followers of Jesus who fill churches looking for their needs and desires to be met.
- Rather than giving themselves to God
- 5. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
- Their dullness and lack of understanding prompted Jesus to declare unambiguously to them, “I am the bread of life.”
- The Lord had not been referring to actual bread, as they mistakenly thought, but to Himself;
- He is the very bread He earlier promised to give.
- No bread, not even manna, or the fish and bread Jesus had just created the evening before could permanently cure physical hunger.
- Thus, when the Lord declared that those who come to Him will never again hunger or thirst, He had to be speaking not of the body, but of the soul.
- Here, as in Matthew 5:6, the human need to know God is expressed metaphorically as hungering and thirsting (cf. Pss. 42:1–2; 63:1).
- Comes and believes. To come to Christ is to forsake the old life of sin and rebellion and submit to Him as Lord.
- Though John does not use the term “repentance” in his gospel, the concept is clearly implied in the idea of coming to Christ
In his best selling book called, “Into Thin Air,” Jon Krakauer relates the hazards that plagued some climbers as they attempted to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Andy Harris, one of the expedition leaders stayed at the peak too long and on his descent, he became in dire need of oxygen.
Harris radioed the base camp and told them about his predicament. He mentioned that he had come across a cache of oxygen canisters left by the other climbers but they were all empty. The climbers who already passed the canisters on their own descent knew they were not empty, but full. They pleaded with him on the radio to make use of them but it was to no avail. Harris was starved for oxygen but he continued to argue that the canisters were empty.
The problem was that the lack of what he needed had so disoriented his mind that though he was surrounded by something that would give him life, he continued to complain of its absence. Zacharias suggests that the very thing he held in his hand was absent in his brain. The lack of oxygen had ravaged his capacity to recognize what was right in front of him. Friends, what oxygen is to the body, the Bread of Life is to the soul. Many of us are suffocating and starving and we don’t even know it. We think we have Jesus figured out but we might be way off. Jesus is offering life to us while we run around trying to appease our appetites.
- What are you seeking from Jesus
- Why have you come today
- And are you willing to accept what you need is right before your eyes