If we knew that our choice between right and wrong at this moment settled our eternity, we think it would be easy to choose. But there comes a time in every life when the choice is the last one, though no one but God knows when. And every choice between now and the last choice is determining what the last choice shall be. To a man sorely tempted came the thought, ‘If I knew that my choice at this time settled my victory or defeat for all time, I would not hesitate an instant.’ Then there went up the prayer, ‘Father, make this the victory for all time, and I will decide for Thee.’ Like a flash came the answer, ‘Eternity depends on your choice now,’ and the victory was won. What reason have we to suppose that we can choose to do wrong today, and tomorrow turn from the wrong and take the right? The final decision is not the decision of a moment; it is the decision of a life. Today you are choosing for life or for death.” Signs of the Times, July 19, 1905
“Will you not give up indulgences that are doing you an injury? Words of profession are cheap: let your acts of self-denial testify that you will be obedient to the demands God makes of His peculiar people.” Unpublished Messages, 428
One common indulgence that injures the stomach is irritating spices such as capsicum. Ruth Winter says in her book, A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives. “Cayenne Pepper. Pepper, Red. A condiment made from the pungent fruit of the plant. Used in sausage and pepper flavoring, for beverages, ice cream, ices, candy condiments, meats and soups. Reported to retard growth of Mexicans and South Americans and Spanish who eat a great deal of these peppers. Rats fed the ingredient of pepper, a reddish-brown liquid called capsaicin, used in flavoring vinegar and pickles, were stunted in growth. Capsicum, Africa Chilies, Cayenne Pepper, Tabasco Pepper. The dried fruit of a tropical plant used as a natural spice and ginger ale flavoring for beverages, ice cream, ices, candy, and baked goods; also meats and sauces. The oleoresin form is used in sausage, spice, ginger ale, and cinnamon flavorings for beverages, candy, baked good, chewing gum, meats, and condiments. Used internally as a digestive stimulant. Irritating to the mucous membrane, it can produce severe diarrhea and gastritis.”
Here is what God says about common irritating spices.
“In this fast age, the less exciting food, the better. Condiments are injurious in their nature. Mustard, pepper, spices, pickles, and other things of like character irritate the stomach and make the blood feverish and impure.” Counsels on Diets and Foods, 345
Use of spices can also lead to use of alcohol. The appetite for liquor is encouraged by the preparation of food with condiments and spices. These cause a feverish state of the system . . . The effect of such food is to cause nervousness. Healthful Living, 200
Carrot Rice Loaf
4 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped onions
4 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup bread crumbs or Grapenuts
2-3 Tbsps. peanut butter mixed in 1/2 cup water
1/8 tsp. thyme
1 cup chopped walnuts
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. May serve with cashew gravy, or for low calorie diet serve with brown gravy.