DAILY BREAD REQUIRES DAILY PREPARATION
By Brad Henderson
1Cor. 15:31…I die daily…ROMANS 6:11-14, ROMANS 12:1….JOHN 12:24..Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it produces much fruit….
Take up your cross daily
Luke 9:23 “Take up your cross and follow me”
Every day we have a decision to make….
Jesus said you cannot serve two masters, and Paul, in Galatians 5:16-6:2, talks about crucifying the flesh. By taking up our cross we are choosing to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, we’re choosing to bless others and do His good pleasure, not our own… We’re choosing to bear the fruit of the kingdom, fruit that remains, fruit that abounds to everlasting life…
Study the Word Daily
These are the words of life (2Tim. 2:15); study to “show yourself approved unto God, a workman who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth”.
If we don’t know the word of God what will we have to give to others in their time of need?
In Acts 17:11 we see the brethren of Berea searched the scriptures DAILY…
And in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell within you richly in all wisdom, teaching, and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord…”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:17(Pray without ceasing),
- Ephesians 5:18-20,
- Ephesians 6:18,
- James 5
THEN AFTER THESE PREPARATIONS….. FEED and EXHORT ONE ANOTHER DAILY…
Hebrews 3:13, “Exhort one another daily”…Why??
So that no one is hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Satan roams about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour)…By each member of the body doing it’s part according to the measure of grace given to them, the body grows to maturity.. Ephesians 4:7-16
James 2:15, “If a brother or sister is naked or destitute of DAILY food, and one of you says to them, Depart in peace be warmed and filled, but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?”
First the natural then the spiritual; share your spiritual bread just as you would share your natural bread…
How much more should we desire to share with others DAILY BREAD, the bread of life to others in need of eternal life, and encouragement and edification to the body of Christ?
In John 6:27 Jesus said “don’t labor for food that perishes, but for the food which endures unto everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you”….
Jesus was always more concerned for our souls than our flesh… The flesh is temporary and our souls are eternal…If we only meet physical needs by giving physical food to the hungry, and don’t minister Christ to them also, people can still be on their way to Hell only on a full stomach, and we have missed out on giving them the much more precious gift of the Bread of Life which is Jesus Christ…SO….
1st Peter 4:10-11, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. IF anyone speaks, let him do it as one speaking the very words of God (speak with in love, in boldness, in authority, and in truth) If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.”
Paul said He labored in childbirth again until Christ be formed in them to the Galatians 4:19 and in Romans 8 we see we are being conformed to the image of Christ…If this is God’s plan for our lives why would we not exhort and encourage and minister to our brothers and sisters in need in the body of Christ? We too should seek to labor in seeing others having Christ being formed in them…Another reason why we need daily bread from above…Do you want to be blessed by God, do you want to bless others, do you want to bless the nations?
When we minister that manifold grace to others we are not just blessing others we are glorifying God…Remember Jesus “In this my Father is glorified that you bear much fruit” (John 15:8)
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
Is it possible to preach the forgiveness of sins in Christ, and withhold forgiveness from others?
The gospel of the kingdom is about the remission and forgiveness of sins. If we have received the forgiveness of sins than our lives will be transformed…
In Luke 7:47 we see those who are forgiven much will love much, and those who are forgiven little will love little…
Those who have truly recognized how much they have been forgiven of will be more willing to show others the same mercy….
In Matthew 18:21-35 we see the unforgiving servant…
Did he have Godly sorrow and repentance or was he just manipulating the situation for gain?
In 2ndCor. 7:9-11 we see this man must have had the sorrow of the world; sorrow that he would lose his possessions instead of sorrow over His own actions… Those who have experienced true forgiveness had Godly sorrow, saw the magnitude of their sins and their depravity before God and need of mercy and grace…. And so they have the fruit of Godly sorrow in their lives, freedom from those things that could take them captive again….
Withholding forgiveness leads to a root of bitterness that springs forth, which will take us captive (consider how people who hold bitterness have their lives torn apart).
Only God can truly forgive sins; so if we choose to withhold forgiveness from a brother or sister, we put ourselves in the place of judge….Romans 12:17-20… “Vengeance is mine, I will repay says the Lord”….And in Proverbs 24:17-18… “God is a just God and He does not get pleasure out of punishing and chastening the unjust”, so if someone wrongs us and we don’t forgive we will find ourselves finding pleasure in their downfall…This is evil in His sight….He is a Holy and Righteous God… “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance”…God chastens Christians out of love (Hebrews 12:5).
Not only that, but Romans 5 says it was while we were HIS enemies that He reconciled us unto himself… Christ loved those who were His enemies…We to are commanded to love our enemies and to bless those who curse us… Matthew 5:44
Someone may never ask for forgiveness from you, but you still must forgive, and we must love them…and pray for them… It’s hard to pray for someone and withhold forgiveness from them… Don’t come before a forgiving and merciful God and expect forgiveness that you’re not also willing to give… Tell story about Amber from Calvary… The fruits of obedience in forgiveness…
Colossians 3:12-13…As Christ forgave you, so also you must forgive others…