Jul 262017
 

When we read the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:5-13, the only seemingly material request we are instructed to pray is for is God to give us our daily bread. But should this be taken as literal bread to eat?

 

10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread,  12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

– Matthew 6:10-13 ESV

 

 

 

Just a few verses later, in Matthew 6:25, Jesus tells us, “…do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink…” Is this a contradiction? Absolutely not!

The bible uses bread to mean “that which is taken into the body to provide sustenance and nourishment”. And there are two types of bread talked about: leavened and unleavened. Leavening in the bible consistently symbolizes the corruption of sin (for instance, I Corinthians 5:8, “the leaven of malice and wickedness” ).

A Christian may choose what spiritual nourishment to take in: sinless, healthy bread; or sinful corrupted bread.

Jesus proclaims himself to be the Bread of Life.

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. – John 6:35 ESV

Jesus is instructing us to pray for good and holy spiritual nourishment from Him each day. Why do we ask daily? Because God had given us free will to choose what we consume. He will not force a relationship uninvited. He seeks us to invite Him daily.

Lord, I ask you to give me today and each day your Bread of Life which nourishes me beyond all else. I love you, Lord. And I need you. Abide with me always. I submit my life to You, and may Your will be accomplished in my life in all things. Amen.

What bread will you eat today?

 Posted by at 9:02 am
Jan 062011
 

Here’s another one that’s not mine, but it’s far too good not to share with you. I wish I could credit the original author. Thanks go out to my good friend Terry for sending this to me.

Satan called a worldwide convention of demons.

In his opening address he said, “We can’t keep people from going to pray. We can’t keep them from reading their holy books and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with God. Once they gain that connection with GOD, our power over them is broken.

“So let them go to their prayers; let them have their covered dish dinners, BUT steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with GOD…

“This is what I want you to do,” said the devil, “Distract them from gaining hold of GOD and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!”

“How shall we do this?” his demons shouted.

“Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered. “Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children. As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work! Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice.”

“Entice them to play the radio or CD player whenever they drive. To keep the TVs, Blu-Rays, DVDs, CDs, and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-religious music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with God.

“Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. Invade their driving moments with billboards. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes.

“Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with their wives. Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night. Give them headaches too! If they don’t give their husbands the love they need, the husbands will begin to look elsewhere. That will fragment their families quickly!

“Give them distractions to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of life. Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted. Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.

“Keep them busy, busy, busy!

“And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences. Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from GOD. Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause.

“It will work!

“It will work!”

It was quite a plan! The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing people everywhere to get busier and more rushed, going here and there. Having little time for their God or their families. Having no time to tell others about the power of GOD to change lives.

I guess the question is, has the devil been successful in his schemes?

You be the judge!

Does “BUSY” mean:

B-eing
U-nder
S-atan’s
Y-oke?