Thursday, May 7, 2015

Life for the Soul and Our Daily Bread

“Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.” Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” ~John 6:34-35

By God’s great mercy and grace, he doesn't leave us to wander around without any spiritual bread. Just as we cannot go without eating or drinking water every day to sustain us, we need Jesus to sustain our souls and awaken us with his bread of life. When we are truly awakened by Jesus and our life is transformed, we no longer thirst or hunger for anything temporary or unsatisfying this world offers us. Our soul has it’s daily bread and hungers no more.

Reading the Bible and allowing God’s word to change us, to sink into our soul and apply it in our lives is a living faith that is sustained on the spiritual food we are offered. The Word of God was given to us to learn from, grow and be a living book. God gives us instruction for righteousness, living a holy life, and even guides us by his word through the most difficult circumstances we face. God’s whisper is heard in our hearts through his word. Many people have accepted Jesus into their hearts, claimed his name as their savior, but have never read the very word of God. WIthout God’s direction for us and our lives through his word, we are still lost.

“But he answered, “It is written,“‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” ~Matthew 4:4

Every word that comes from the mouth of God sustains us. His word helps us to know God in a deeper way, and to live out his commands for us. God’s word is eternal, and as His children He wrote it to guide us throughout all decades and time periods, His word remains unchanging to us. If God came up with a new and updated version of His word to suit the times, we would be left going whichever way the wind blows. God in His infinite wisdom, wrote one unchanging word that we can stand on throughout time. It is our foundation, our rock to build on, and our bread throughout our lifetime.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16

As we read God’s word and listen to Jesus, absorbing the words and teaching in our hearts, they are cemented into our being and begin to change us. We can draw on them for life, for direction in difficult situations, and begin to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only.”  Daily, in good times and adversities, God’s word is there to nourish our spirits and strengthen us. It never changes and the Holy Spirit always teaches us something new, to feed our need for God and strengthen us for the day. Like a baker in a bakery, making enough bread for all his customers, or a woman baking bread for her family to make sure they are all fed and nourished---God’s word is there for us to be fed and nourished. We don’t have to remain starving for good, pure food, when we have the banquet of God’s word to fill us each day.

Prayer: "Lord, fill me with your living word and give me a heart to hear and eyes to see. Give me the wisdom to live it out in the daily, small acts of life. Show me how to live the word, to breathe it, know it and show others. Amen."

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:1-5

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

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