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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Daily Bread

Matthew 6:11  "Give us this day our daily bread."

daily = Greek. epiousios. A word coined by our Lord, and used only here and Luke 11:3, by Him. Compounded from epi = upon (App-104.), and ousios = coming. This is derived from eimi = to come or go, which has the participle epiousa (not from eimi = to be, which would make the participle = epousa). Therefore it means coming or descending upon, as did the manna, with which it is contrasted in John 6:32, John 6:33. It is the true bread from heaven, by which alone man can live the Word of GOD, which is prayed for here (Bullinger).

John 6:35  "And Jesus said unto them, I Am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst."

Jesus is that Bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.  Jesus Christ is the Living WORD.  For in the Beginning was the WORD (Christ), and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD (John 1:1).

Deuteronomy 8:3  "And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live."

Matthew 4:4  "But He [Jesus] answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of GOD."
Jeremiah 15:16  "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O LORD GOD of hosts.

The Word of GOD is your Bread.  You eat it daily just like you feed your physical body everyday.  What you put first in your heart and mind, whatever you fill them with... is whom or what you worship.  Enter into the Covenant with the LORD thy GOD and learn both the Old Testament (Covenant) and New Testament.  Live according to His ways, commandments, and laws, to claim His promises and blessings. 

There are many laws, commandments, judgments and statutes written in the WORD of GOD.  Think of judgments as blessings and cursings.  You do good and you'll receive rewards; do wrong and you'll receive punishments.  Many of the old statutes, such as blood sacrifices and rituals, were done away with and nailed to the cross.  Jesus fulfilled the Word of both the law and the prophets.  As a Christian, you must perform the conditions and precepts of GOD, not of men.

The real famine is not a physical one for food but a spiritual one for the Word of GOD. While you remember to feed your physical body everyday, your spiritual body might be withering and dying of starvation. That is why many people feel empty inside and continue chasing after the things of this world, to fill the void inside their hearts.

Deuteronomy 5:7  "Thou shalt have none other gods before Me."

Note that "gods" is written in lower case, minuscule, letters.  This is absolutely the first and most important of all the Commandments.  Never put any other god or form of worship before LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, your Heavenly FATHER.  There are no other gods, only false gods and false idols.  If you worship them, you are worshipping satan and/or his lieutenants and their false religious systems.  YAHVEH (YHVH) is the ONE true GOD.

Whatever you put first in your heart and in your mind is your god.  This can mean putting your house; money; car; pets; relationships; material things; and even your church system or building before our LORD.  Get your priorities straight, brother and sister.  It applies to your business and your family and whatever takes priority in your mind.  GOD always comes first; He is your Creator and nearest of kin.  The Good LORD blesses those that put Him first in their lives.

Mark 4:24  "And He said unto them, "Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given."

If the LORD GOD gives you wisdom and knowledge, you share it with others using discernment and guidance from His Spirit.  You do not let it remain hidden.  The more you share what He has revealed to you through His WORD, the more truths He will give and open your mind to know and understand.  Make yourself useful to our FATHER, and the service that you do for the work of GOD, will help to produce souls for the Kingdom of GOD.

Read the Holy Bible (King James Version - KJV) daily; make a short prayer before you begin your study.  Try and study GOD's WORD for at least 30 minutes everyday.  Also, make time to talk with our FATHER, because He wants to hear from you.  The use of valuable resources, such as a good audio Bible study, or lecture, that teaches the WORD verse by verse is important.  Get yourself a Strong's Concordance, which is an exhaustive cross reference of every word, in the KJV Bible, back to the word in the original text.  The older versions of the Strong's Concordance are better, because newer editions, may contain unwarranted revisions.  Consider using interlinear Bibles (Greek, Hebrew) that support the King James text.

When you find yourself resistant, spend time in a Psalm or read in Proverbs.  A good reading plan, especially for the new Christian, is to start with the New Testament (NT).  Once you've read it, then study the Old Testament (OT).  When that's done, read the entire Bible from beginning to end and then repeat the process.  From there, you can read from both the OT and NT, depending on the focus of your studies and projects.

Hebrews 4:12  "For the word of GOD is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

Study the Scriptures; memorize the Scriptures; use prayer and Scriptures when you come under spiritual attack; the WORD of GOD is "sharper than any two-edged sword".  Jesus CHRIST is the Bread of Life; the Word of GOD is your bread; eat it daily because it is the only spiritual food to build your spiritual armour.  You cannot do battle as a soldier of GOD in a malnutritioned state and without the full armour of CHRIST.

Hosea 4:1  "Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of GOD in the land."

Hosea 4:6  "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy GOD, I will also forget thy children."

Isaiah 30:20
  "And Jehovah will give you affliction as bread and adversity as water, and thy great Teacher, the Lord, shall not hide Himself any more, but thine eyes shall be clearly seeing thy great Teacher Jehovah:"

Isaiah 30:21  "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left" (Bullinger; Companion Bible).

Mr baptist.