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Food that Sticks

In life we spend a lot of time in the here and now. We see things from a temporal scope rather than an eternal scope. God has a different time scheme than us. We consider our lives here on earth as our lives. Even when we say we have accepted Jesus and will have eternal life, we again and again take ourselves back to considering time as the time we spend on earth.

As we make plans for our lives, as we look at our lives, we see what time we have here on earth. It’s great to plan. It’s great to consider our steps. But we always must have an eternal focus as well. Our life here on earth is such a short blimp of our eternal life. It’s nothing compared to eternity.

Now Jesus said we aren’t to “waste… energy striving for perishable food… [but] work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides.” So how do you do that? You read His Word. You pray for direction from the Spirit. He will provide you with nourishment, spiritual nourishment that will help you to grow in Him and the nourishment will last forever. You might think its okay to snack here and there, but the truth is the food that matters is the food that sticks with you. May you seek His food and may you see things from His eternal perspective. Life is so different when you see things through Him.

“Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last.”
-John 6:27 [MSG]

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God Says There’s Plenty

With our human eyes, we see what is there and we consider that to be our resources. When I look into my refrigerator and see a gallon of iced tea, I understand that is all I have. At the same time, I know I have the money to get more tea so it does not worry me. There are moments though when we do not have the resources in our hands or in our bank accounts. There is nothing there to bring about a certain something in our lives. We do not have enough we then say.

It could be the funds necessary to put down a security deposit and first month’s rent to move into a new place because you have to move. It could be money that is needed to evaluate your car after the “check engine” light shined bright. It could be new shoes for your children because they have outgrown yet another pair. Whatever it is, you find yourself saying, “There’s not nearly enough.”

This servant looked around at the people and then he looked at the available resources. There’s not enough. There’s not enough. The servant said there wasn’t enough. But Elisha responded, “God says there’s plenty.” God says there’s plenty. Do you think God forgot about you? Do you think that when you need something, it won’t be there? God says there’s plenty. When the need truly arises, the need is met. God says there’s plenty. Trust it will come and it will be enough.

 

“His servant said, ‘For a hundred men? There’s not nearly enough!’

Elisha said, ‘Just go ahead and do it. God says there’s plenty.’”

-2 Kings 4:43-44 [MSG]

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The Every Word Diet

There are so many diets people are using to be healthy or to lose weight. Pastor Rick Warren has revealed the Daniel Plan. There are diets focused on carbohydrates. There are diets focused on point systems. There are gluten-free diets. The list goes on and on.

Jesus reminds us that we are not to live by eating only bread. This can be interpreted as food in general. Sometimes many of us are overly concerned with what we put in our mouths, yet we neglect what Scripture tells us. Yes, a healthy diet is important. I’m not going to say which diet is better than another. However, Jesus reminds us that what we each are to live by includes “every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

There’s a word that I don’t think is emphasized enough. Every. Every word. We often need reminding about this EVERY part. There are moments we get caught up with particular passages of the Bible and we neglect others. Every word. I believe that greatly highlights the need to be reading God’s Word daily. How else will we be able to put every word to heart? If you want to truly live, be intentional with your relationship with God. Start by opening up His Word each day. The best diet is the Every Word Diet.

“But Jesus told him, ‘No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. ‘’” – Matthew 4:4 [NLT]

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All at Once

Hummingbirds are such fascinating birds. They are the only birds that can fly backwards. When they have eggs, they actually use their wings to regulate the temperature of the eggs. It is typical for the eggs to all hatch together; however, there are sometimes problems which cause an egg not to hatch. Then there’s another problem. The bird must stay with the egg, flapping its wings to regulate the temperature so it will hatch. At the same time, the bird also must go for food for the newly born. What a dilemma.

The hummingbird ends up flying away from the egg(s) and heads for some food. Then the bird goes back to the eggs. It is a back and forth game, trying not to stay too long at one place. Thankfully this isn’t something that God must do with us. He promises to be with each one of us and there’s nothing that can separate us from Him or His love. You won’t find Him saying He will run out of love for you because He loves your neighbor so much. He doesn’t say because He is always with you, that your best friend gets shortchanged. God is with all at once. Only our almighty Father.

Today remember to thank Him for His unfailing love and for His promise to be with us always. For the hummingbird parent, there’s always a moment when the bird needs to leave and run to the other bird. With God, you are never alone. He is with you always no matter what.

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39 [ESV]

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We Hate This Manna

The Israelites were in the desert hungry and God promised to rain down bread from heaven. The Lord provided for the Israelites and they called this manna. As time progressed, they were tired of the manna. It still was suitable for food. It still could satisfy their hunger needs. The problem was they wanted something else—the manna was no longer enough for them in their eyes.

The people went as far as to say “we hate this horrible manna.” The horrible manna fed them; Exodus 16 says the Israelites ate it for forty years. But the people wanted more and they were no longer so thankful for the provisions of the Lord. Perhaps God provided, but they had something different in mind.

We also receive provisions but do not always respond with a thankful heart. There are moments in life when we only have canned pasta to eat. We would rather have steak. Our expectations are different. Today be thankful for all of God’s provisions, not simply the ones that delight us the most.

“And they began to speak against God and Moses. ‘Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?’ they complained. ‘There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!’” – Numbers 21:5 [NLT]FearNot Logo EDITED FINAL square logo

 

Lost Authority

The other day a lady was having her groceries scanned at the cash register. Everything was running smoothly but then something happened and it changed everything. There was a jar of vinegar that was not scanning so the numbers had to be typed into the register. After all of the numbers were entered from the product, the wrong price came up because of the similarity between another item in the store. The customer was blown away that the jar of vinegar rang up for over thirty dollars.

The error was quickly noticed and a correction was made; however, the lady was no longer smiling or relaxed. She was now watching as each item was scanned into the system, making sure that every item was being charged correctly. Trust was lost. That one error caused her to no longer believe that she would receive the proper price for the items she was purchasing.

I’m not telling you this because of some vinegar that did not come up properly, but to show you how easily trust can be lost. We each have something called moral authority, and it is something that can quickly be lost if we are not careful. If we are not positively representing Christ, we are providing people with something else which could turn them away from Christ. If we are telling people the Truth but not living by it, people will respond to that discrepancy. The word “hypocrite” will be said or thought. Keep this in mind as you go about your day—what are you showing people? Are you living what you are preaching?

“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” –  1 Timothy 4:15-16 [NIV]

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God Gave

“To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.” 

– Daniel 1:17 [NIV]

Today’s verse says that God gave Daniel and his friends the knowledge and understanding.  Now in this passage, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are all supposed to eat what the king has commanded. It was from the king’s table so one would believe it to be good—fit for a king. However, Daniel “resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine,” and he asked if he could eat his own diet of food (v. 8). The official agreed to let Daniel and his friends eat what they wanted for ten days. After the ten days, they were “healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food” (v. 15). This could cause some people to have problems digesting.

So often we look at Daniel and his friends going against the king’s rules and following a special diet of vegetables and water. We conclude that these vegetables and the water provided the four young men with better nourishment, as the passage states, and that is what we take from this passage. However, we cannot forget that it was God who gave these men the knowledge and understanding. God was and is at the forefront.

There are times in our own lives when we use our God given gifts and resources and find great success. We start to attribute this success to our hard work, our talents, etc., but we need already remember that God gave us everything—God gets the glory.

Today remind yourself of what God has given you and take the time to thank Him.

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