Monday, December 18, 2017

Our Daily Bread

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Exodus 16:14-19 When the layer of dew evaporated, on the surface of the desert a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost, appeared on the ground. 15 When the Israelis saw it, they asked one another, “What is it?”, because they did not know what it was. Moses told them, “It’s the food that the LORD has given you to eat. 16 This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘You are to gather from it what each person is to eat, about two quarts per person according to the number of your people, and one person is to gather for everyone in his tent.'” 17 The Israelis did this, some gathering much, some little. 18 When they measured it with two quart vessels, the one who gathered much did not have an excess, while the one who gathered little did not lack. They gathered exactly what each needed to eat. 19 Then Moses told them, “No one is to leave any of it until morning.”

“What is it?”

Often we get the same question. It’s how I approach the Word of God. “What is it that you are trying to speak to me, Father?” I often ask, for I know it is food that the Lord has given me to eat. It’s bread from Heaven, which comes down to give me life. It‘s like downloads to keep updating my spirit’s software.

Jesus quoted Deuteronomy when confronted by the devil following His 40 days and nights of fasting saying, “It is written, ‘One must not live on bread alone, but on every word coming out of the mouth of God.'”
We have been looking at John 6 where Jesus explains the importance of this bread of life.
He plainly told them in John 6:49,”Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness and died.”

This is what actually should take place when we eat God’s manna. We should eat it and die and be crucified to our crosses and be raised to new life in Him. In John 6:51 He goes on to say, ”I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. And the bread I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

When we take the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God as outlined in Heb. 4:12, For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow, as it judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart. It’ll cut us to pieces and we must also break it down as one chewing a piece of bread for our spiritual bodies to digest.

The word, manna, literally means, “What is it?” The children of God had no clue what it was. Often we are much the same when it comes to the Word. Because we have no clue, we find ourselves saying, “What is it?” and are left missing the true riches of God’s grace, or we find it hard because it is a sword and our flesh is compelled by the god of this world to avoid its cutting at all costs. Thus we have a very shallow relationship with the Word and often remain ignorant. The enemy of our souls knows this and wants us to remain in ignorance. We happily comply thinking it must require some degree of training and resolve like the people of Moses’ day to let the minister find out and tell us what it means, yet this is not the model Jesus practiced. Although He faced a rather difficult task, He in the end managed to get eleven practically untrained laymen and a handful of other disciples and eventually they became masters of the Word via their relationship with the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor. 2)

So where does this leave you? The Word is to be our daily bread. His mercies are new every morning—so great is His faithfulness! (Lam. 3:23) We have available to us each and every day exactly what we need to face that day’s particular challenges. We are to keep none of it for the next day and we are to gather as much as we need. So no skipping meals! It is a daily relationship with the Word which became flesh in Jesus Christ and who wishes to become flesh again as Jesus lived in & through you and me!

Some days we need more—some less. Allow the Spirit to lead, guide, and direct, but we must return to the classroom to be instructed by our teacher, Holy Spirit. We must ask, seek, and knock with the question of “What is it?” until we find our answers and the doors He has for us swing wide open into the day He has planned for us. It is a light unto our feet and a light unto our path. (Ps. 119:105) And we are to leave none of it for the next day! We are to use it all that day and not hoard it up, but use it up completely and fully!

This is where the children of God had failed according to Jesus in John 6. They missed out as He also stated in John 5:37-40 Moreover, the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen what he looks like, 38 nor do you have his word at work in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he sent. 39 You examine the Scriptures carefully because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. Yet they testify about me. 40 But you are not willing to come to me to have life.

They missed out on the life that God had offered them to live a different life because the road map to life was not studied and followed properly. I pray we do not make the same mistake. So life—“what is it” really?

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