It is best, for both our physical and our spiritual advancement, to observe simplicity in diet.
We need to learn that indulged appetite is the greatest hindrance to mental improvement and soul sanctification… Indulgence of appetite is the greatest cause of physical and mental debility, and lies largely at the foundation of feebleness and premature death.
Let the individual who is seeking to possess purity of spirit bear in mind that in Christ there is power to control the appetite.
I appeal to old and young and to middle-aged. Deny your appetite of those things that are doing you injury. Serve the Lord by sacrifice.
When the message of health reform first came to me, I was weak and feeble… I was pleading with God for help, and He opened before me the great subject of health reform… This light has been a great blessing to me… I have better health today, notwithstanding my age, than I had in my younger days.
The Lord has given me light that when the Israel of today humble themselves before Him, and cleanse the soul-temple from all defilement, He will hear their prayers in behalf of the sick and will bless in the use of His remedies for disease. When in faith the human agent does all he can to combat disease, using the simple methods of treatment that God has provided, his efforts will be blessed of God.
The Saviour comes very near to those who consecrate themselves to God. If ever there was a time when we needed the working of the Spirit of God upon our hearts and lives, it is now. Let us lay hold of this divine power for strength to live a life of holiness and self-surrender.
The Lord is our helper and our God. Let us look to Him.
— Testimonies for the Church, Volume 9, p.161-166