Tuesday, November 9, 2010

OUR ONLY FOOD!

It's true—we are what we eat. Jesus said his flesh is our meat [food]. "Except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you" (John 6:53).

“[They] said, This is a hard saying; who can hear it?” (v. 60). The Jews could not comprehend such a thought, and "many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him" (v. 66).

Those who relegate this eating of the Lord to the communion table alone do not understand what Jesus meant. The Lord's Supper is not just symbolic; rather, it is to remind us that he became our source of life through death. We are to come often, daily, to eat and drink of him. The more we eat of him, the more spiritual life will be demonstrated in us. We have an open invitation to come to his table, eat, and become strong. Partaking of Christ is to feed on God’s Word and commune with him in the prayer of faith.

When sheep are not fed, they grow skeletal and weak, becoming easy prey for the enemy. Yet, I see in the land the coming forth of a remnant ministry made up of servants and handmaidens who are becoming acquainted with the Lord's own heart. The Spirit has anointed them to bring forth a seeking people who will follow them into the fullness of Christ. Their numbers are few, but growing. They have no other source of life! They are bursting forth with life because they have been in the presence of the Lord so often.

God has provided a way to make every child of his strong to resist the enemy! This strength comes from eating the Bread of God sent down from heaven. Our spiritual health and strength depends on this. Hear carefully the words of Jesus: "I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me" (John 6:57). Jesus was in such close union with the Father, so committed to doing only the his will, that the Father's words became his very food and drink! He was daily sustained by hearing and seeing what the Father wanted, the result of spending much time alone with him.

Jesus once told his disciples, "I have meat to eat that you know not of.... My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work" (John 4:32, 34). Jesus further said, “Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat [food] which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you” (John 6:27).

We dare not miss this secret of strength! Even as Christ lived by the Father, so must we get our life by feeding on him. Get alone with the Lord and spend quality time in his presence. He wants to feed your hungry soul and guide you through these perilous times. God will always manifest his presence when you seek him with all your heart.