Monday, June 10th, 2013
The Bread Of Life: Luke 11:1-13 (Part 1)
Then Jesus said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from Heaven, but My Father gives you the true Bread from Heaven. For the Bread of God is He Who comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world.'
Then they said to Him, 'Lord, give us this Bread always.'
And Jesus said to them, 'I am the Bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from Heaven, not to do My Own will, but the will of Him Who sent Me. This is the will of the Father Who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him Who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.'
John 6:32-40 (NKJV)
Runners practice on a course. They run around and around it. They exercise their bodies and grow in strength. They exercise their minds and grow in wisdom, gaining strategies for success. Their coach teaches them. Combine it all, and their gifts come to fruition.
I practice on a different Course. I run around and around It. Through this exercise, I grow in strength and wisdom, gaining strategies for success. My Coach teaches me, and I follow His lead (a.k.a. yoke). Combine it all, and one day my gifts will come to fruition.
My Course is the four Gospels. I read through Them again and again. My Teacher is Jesus--not a televangelist, nor his latest book. I love, read and believe the entire Bible, but following Jesus is a daily exercise.
King David said: 'I will run the course of Your Commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart' (Psalm 119:32). Indeed, runners develop larger and stronger hearts. So do Gospel runners. So, let's run His Course together.
'And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed' (Romans 13:11).
That we grow up like Jesus, Who 'Grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man' (Luke 2:52). That we grow up like 'Trees of Righteousness' (Isaiah 61:3). That we grow up like fruitful disciples.
Lately, I've been running with Luke. One day I was startled by Words I had seen, but not with eyes of the Spirit. The news Luke brings is great!
It's about Bread. Specifically, the 'Bread of Life' (John 6:35). All the Gospels speak of Bread. But in Luke, something new is added. So, I want to share a revelation for you to consider and God to confirm.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Bread of Life series.