Vitamin ‘ADEK’ for the Believer
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The word vitamin is gotten from the root word – Vital Amines. These amines are known to be very important for the well-being and physiological processes of the human system. Vitamins fall into two broad classes based on their solubility profile: The water soluble vitamins, and the fat soluble vitamins. Water soluble vitamins are B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Folic Acid and vitamin c. The fat soluble vitamins are A, D, E and K; hence the acronym ADEK. Vitamins help the body carry out essential biochemical processes. Vitamins generally combine with proteins to form enzymes that promote biochemical reactions. These reactions involve the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins that are found in food so that the body can utilize them. Deficiency of particular vitamins can lead to various diseases, for instance, ricket is caused by deficiency of vitamin D, and scurvy is a consequence of vitamin C deficiency. Terrible diseases such as Alzheimer disease, arteriosclerosis, cancer, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease can be linked to deficiency of antioxidants, of which vitamins A, C and E are potent antioxidants.
The center table gives a quick fact about vitamins ADEK.
|Food Source||Health Benefit||Deficiency|
|Green vegetables, milk products, liver||Component of light sensitive pigments in eye, epithelial tissue maintenance||Night blindness, permanent blindness, extremely dry skin|
|Dairy products, eggs, cod liver oil, ultraviolet light||Calcium absorption, bone formation||Rickets (bone deformities)|
|Margarine, seeds, green leafy vegetables||Protects fatty acids and cell membranes from oxidation||Sterility & abortion|
|Green leafy vegetables||Blood clotting||Uncontrolled bleeding|
Having highlighted the source, health benefit and deficiency of vitamins ADEK, let’s see the spiritual perspective of vitamins ADEK.
VITAMIN A (sight & vision)
And He said, hear now my words; if there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream [Num 12:6]
When there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he [Prov 29:18]
……”Master, I want to see” [Mar 10:51]
As a Christian in this end time, you need to see. I am not talking about the bastardized visions that some people see these days; I am talking of the ability to see Godly vision. Let’s see briefly the things we need vision of these last days for;
If you can’t see any other thing in this life, please, you must see the purpose for your existence.
- To see God’s purpose for your life.
Friend, this is one key area of vision that you cannot afford to be blinded towards. If you can’t see any other thing in this life, please, you must see the purpose for your existence. Just as when the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable; so also, if you don’t see the purpose of God for your life and run with it, then you are most likely going to abuse your life. Purpose! Purpose!! Purpose!!! I wish I could wail this into your spirit man. It is the center of all you have come to do in this life. Have you seen the purpose of God for whom you are to marry? Have you seen the purpose of God for the course you studied? Have you seen the purpose of God for the city you live in today? Have you seen the purpose why you didn’t die in that accident and that sick bed? Beg God today to grant you vision into His purpose for your life. [Eph. 1:15-17]
II. To see the deception of the last days
Deception keeps growing day by day. Even the devil has turned himself into the angel of light. The evil one will come as wolf in sheep clothing. Jesus warned as against many false prophets that will come in His name; He said “BEWARE”. It’s only a man that can see that will not be easily deceived. Isaac was beguiled by his very son Jacob because his eyes were dim and could no longer see well. In these last days, if you can’t see well, you are likely going to pick a ‘Bar jesus’ for our Lord Jesus. You may pick another gospel different from the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints [Jude 3]. Deceptions are all over today. How can you tell different shades of colour if you can’t see well? A demonic spirit in a girl kept attesting to Paul as a servant of God until Paul cast out the evil spirit. For you to overcome the deception of these last days you must be able to see clearly; your spiritual eyes must be enlightened.
III. To see aright
It may surprise you that two people can look at the same thing but yet see different things. Read this: The solution is ‘NOWHERE’. What did you see? Someone read, the solution is nowhere, whereas another saw the solution in now here. The man Jesus healed in Mark 8:23 saw; but only saw men as trees. Jesus had to give him a second touch. That is how so many of us are seeing today; we see spiritual things as trivial; and value and place spiritual things below secular things. Someone may be rushing from church and wishing church closes early so he goes and watches football or makes her hair. A sister prefers to go late to church to not making up properly. A brother prefers wearing the latest clothes and driving the latest car to paying school fees for an indigent child. For some of us, it is not that we are not seeing, but we see ‘a wrong’. We place first things last, and last things first. We see all the all other things first then beg God to add the kingdom for us; misplaced priority. Oh that I may see as you see LORD. Place eternity on our eyeballs that we see with eternity in view.
VITAMIN D (bone absorption)
As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of The Word, that ye may grow thereby [I pet 2:2]
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and give you an inheritance among all them that are sanctified [Acts 20:32]
The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver [Psalms 119:72]
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food [Job 23:12]
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord [Col 3:16]
Even after weaning the child, we all still take milk till we die. Friend, don’t let anybody deceive you with many activities, what brings growth is the word.
The place of The Word of God in a Christian’s life cannot be overemphasized. When a mother gives birth to a child, we know that the child is meant to breastfeed exclusively for six months. After six months, the mother can then begin to introduce other food to the baby along with breast milk. Even after weaning the child, we all still take milk till we die. Friend, don’t let anybody deceive you with many activities, what brings growth is the word. It is good to do other church activities, but let priority be given to the word. Why should a church service run for 3-4 hours but the word preached for barely 30 minutes? Why should you jump from one rehearsal to the other, one meeting to the other or one conference to the other when you have not had time with the word for the day? I feel guilty as I put down these words. May be we should even ask ourselves, are we indeed children in God’s household? If we truly are, then as new born babes, we should desire the sincere milk of the Word of God to grow. The word that comes directly from the father; not lactogens or infant formulas, it must be the sincere milk directly from God. As a Christian, you should be able to tap and suck directly from God’s bosom as you study and meditate on His word. It shouldn’t be ‘processed’ word from other people or ministers or commentaries. You should be able to suck directly for yourself.
Paul in his farewell message to the Elders of Ephesus commended them to God, and the Word of His grace. He said it is the Word that is able to build you up, and not just that, but give you an inheritance among all them that are sanctified. Nothing else can build you up. As good as visitation and other church activities seem, they will not build you up; only the Word builds. Beloved, today I commend you to that same word which is able to build you up, and give you an inheritance among all them that are sanctified. This means that without the Word, you have no inheritance among them that are sanctified. Do you know the reason? John 17:17 – Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth. Those sanctified inheritors got sanctified by the Word of truth. You can’t get an inheritance in God’s house without the Word of God. Jesus Himself is The Word of life. As you study and learn The Word, you are building and absorbing Jesus into your spirit, soul and body until you become a full grown mature Christian. Remember, even the nutritional sources of vitamin D is dairy products. The place of ultraviolet ray in the synthesis and utilization of vitamin D is the Spirit of God; The Spirit of wisdom and revelation. It is the spirit that gives life. The letter alone will kill you; you must trust the effectual working of the Spirit of God to utilize what you read from the scriptures. For Job, he esteemed The Word of God more than his necessary food. Can we also like Job esteem God’s Word more than our breakfast – the most important meal for the day?
VITAMIN E (Antioxidant)
Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil… Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked [Eph 6:11, 16]
Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouth of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed violent in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again; and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they may obtain a better resurrection [Heb 11:33-35]
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of The LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith The Lord [Isa 54:17]
Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel; according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, what God had wrought [Num 23:23]
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen [Heb 11:1]
Oh, may you not lack this virtue-FAITH. You can’t survive without it. Actually, your mum would have had a miscarriage if there was no vitamin E in her system. So also, it is by grace through faith you became a Christian. Now, to survive as a Christian, it is also a function of faith. There are a lot the enemy has planned for you, but faith will quench all. Do you have faith? The disciples prayed – Lord increase our faith.
Paul said; above all, take up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And when we say the enemy or wicked, don’t think it is your neighbor, mother-in-law or step mother. Actually, devil makes you think those people are your enemy to deceive you into underestimating your real enemy. Your enemy is actually more ‘fierce and injurious’ than those people; please note this. Therefore, look at the real picture of your enemy – the devil; the old serpent and dragon. But don’t be scared, Christ has made a public shame of the enemies, triumphing over them on the cross (Col 2:13-15). So with the shield of faith, arise and challenge your enemy. Arise and shine, your light has come. Do you see what faith did in Heb 11:33-35? With faith in your heart, I pray in the name of Jesus;
- Subdue the kingdom of darkness at work in you and against you
- Begin to wrought righteousness in your life, home, family, place of work, community and nation
- Begin to obtain every promises of God concerning you in the scriptures. Some of you have been promised by people/government/contractors/clients/husbands according to God’s will; I pray that you begin to receive them now in Jesus name
- Stop the mouth of every lion that is roaring against you
- Quench every violence of fire razzing against you. Every turbulence and pandemonium, in your life are quenched in the name of Jesus
- Escape the edge of the sword. Isaiah 49:24, 25. Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith The Lord, even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered, for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. Ephesians 4:8 – wherefore He saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. This is your portion today in Jesus name (Amen).
- You that are weak today, at home or on the sick bed, become strong now in Jesus name.
- In the fight of faith, may you wax valiant all the way. Even in battles of life, wax valiant in the victory Jesus has wrought for you
- Turn to flight the armies of the aliens. Become a pursuer of them that pursued you. Let the arrow of the enemy boomerang back to them
- Oh God! Receive your dead back to life again. Your dead business, your dead marriage, your dead career, your dead bodies – receive the life of God again in Jesus name. Amen.
- As many of us going through persecutions, receive strength and courage to endure by faith, not accepting deliverance; that we may obtain a better resurrection
Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God
The blood of Christ is the saving grace. You can’t live or survive without appropriating it.
VITAMIN K (For Blood clotting)
But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanseth us from all sin….. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and Just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [I John 1:7, 9]
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; And He is the propitiation for our sins; and not for our sins only, but also for the sins of the whole world. [I John 2:1, 2]
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow…. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the Joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit [Psalms 51:7, 10-12]
Be ye angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath [Eph 4:26]
Just as you don’t deliberately injure yourself; but if peradventure you sustain an injury, your body system (clotting factors) act immediately to prevent blood loss. This is the way it works also spiritually. John wrote; These things I write unto you, that ye sin not, and if any man sin, we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ the righteous. Jesus is the righteous one that can quickly stand for us before The Father. He is our ‘vitamin K’ that helps to prevent blood loss of the God-life in us. No child of God is expected to sin, and this is made clear to us in I John 2:1. But if peradventure we sin, let’s not hide it. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy (Prov 28:13). For a lawyer to advocate for an offender, the offender must tell the lawyer what he/she has done. He must have a clear picture of what really happened. This will inform his plea at the court of law. Friend, you can’t expect Jesus to advocate for you if you don’t truly confess that sin. An unconfessed sin is like an injured vessel that keeps losing blood until anemia sets in. when you live with an unconfessed sin, you are directly losing the life of God in you. If Jesus comes and meet you with an unconfessed sin, you are doomed for eternal punishment. Are you angry with anybody? Are you having something against anybody? Are you keeping malice with somebody? Is there a lie you have been covering? Please note that you are sitting on a time bomb. Run to The Lord immediately; confess to The Lord, confess to that brother/sister/person involved; for He is faithful and just to forgive us, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless (II Pet 3:14). And Moses made a serpent of bronze and put it upon a pole, and it shall come to pass, and if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of bronze, he lived [Num 21:9]. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up; that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life [John3:14,15]
The blood of Christ is the saving grace. You can’t live or survive without appropriating it. The devil, that old serpent is moving around and biting all around; your one and only hope of rescue is The BLOOD of JESUS. Have you been washed by that blood? Are you daily appropriating that blood?
The Post at A Glance!
Summary Deficiency of particular vitamins can lead to various diseases, for instance, ricket is caused by deficiency of vitamin D, and scurvy is a consequence of vitamin C deficiency. Terrible diseases such as Alzheimer disease, arteriosclerosis, cancer, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease can be linked to deficiency of antioxidants, of which vitamins A, C and E are potent antioxidants.
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