knew exactly who He was. He knew that He had what everyone on
this earth needed to bring them to life and sustain them
throughout their earthly existence and preserve them for
His word, Peter stepped out of a boat onto a turbulent sea and
began to walk. As long as he stood on the Word of Jesus, he
was safe; he failed only when he turned to his own imagination
of sinking in the storm.
Jesus’ prayer for His disciples just before His execution He
called attention to the truth of the Word that He was leaving
with them: “Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is
truth” (John 17:17).
knew if they stayed true to His Word, they would be obedient
in the commission He had put in their hands and live a
successful Christian life for others to see and believe.
Lewis said: “I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun
has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see
everything else.” God’s Word is the Light that dispels the
darkness and illuminates everything that is Truth and exposes
what is false.
word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”
this lamp, we see everything else; truth is discovered and
error is revealed.
can never “overeat” the Bread of Life! Scriptures are
replete with references to the benefits of “feasting" on a
balanced diet of the Word of God. Jesus declared to His
disciples that He was, indeed, the Bread of Life. He said if
they came to Him for this Bread, they would never hunger (John
rebuked Satan during His wilderness temptation with “man shall
not live by bread alone,” but by God’s Word. Satan has an
agenda and at the top of the list is “Discredit God’s Word.”
He began this campaign in Eden when He convinced Eve (who also
convinced Adam!) that God’s Word was not reliable. He twisted
its meaning and distorted the truth. This is his usual
method, using the Scriptures in a distorted manner, attempting
to give it a different meaning to suit his purpose—deceit and
destruction. Be aware and be warned that he is still using
the same tactics, and his purpose is the same.
the Passover meal Jesus shared with His disciples just before
His death, He broke and offered them the bread, calling it “my
Body” (Matthew 26:26). If they “feasted” on His Word, they
would be taking Him into themselves; and it would give them
life everlasting. He paralleled His Bread with that of the
manna which Moses gave Israel to sustain their lives during
their wilderness wanderings when nothing else was available.
He called it “bread from heaven” (John 6:32), and declared
Himself to be Bread from heaven.
“For the bread of God is he which cometh down
from heaven, and giveth life unto the world”
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh
profiteth nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are
spirit, and they are life” (John
disciples, even in their limited understanding at that time,
desired to have that “bread.” They said to Jesus, “…give us
this bread” (John 6:34). They didn’t fully comprehend that He
had been giving them this Bread from the time they began to
follow Him and would continue to give it to them until the
very last of His earthly life. He went so far as to tell them
if they ate of this Bread they would not die (John 6:50). He
spoke of eternal life which they would have if they kept His
His Word in them and they in Him, they would live forever!
am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man
eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I
will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the
world. This is that bread which came down from heaven not as
your fathers did eat manna, and are dead; he that eateth of
this bread shall live forever” (John 6:51, 58).
According to the Scriptures which prophesied of His coming, He
gave his life (flesh), suffered death and was resurrected that
they, and we, could live forever.
Word is eternal. It cannot be erased or deleted.
It’s in Heaven's
“memory” just as deleted data on my computer stays in the
“trash can” even after I delete it, though it’s not accessible
unless I pull it out of the trash. It is still resident on my
hard drive. We can reject the Word of God and put it in the
trash, but it’s still alive and active! When we trash it,
it’s not accessible to give us life, until we go back to its
truth and pull it back into our lives. It has not been
altered just because we haven’t utilized it.
have tried to destroy the Word as Satan attempts to cast a
shadow of doubt on God’s integrity. A story is told in
Jeremiah 36 when he was given a message from God. His scribe,
Baruch, wrote the words as the Lord gave them to Jeremiah and
then took them to the Temple and read them to the people of
Judah. The people were warned to turn from their evil ways
and worship only God. When it reached the king’s ears, he
took out his penknife and shredded the message and cast it
into the fire. You might think that was the end of it, but
no! Not only did God give Jeremiah the message back, but He
added more to it and sent it back to King Jehoikim!
had access to the wisdom of God and could have continued to
live in it had he not abdicated to his own, based on Satan’s
advice. A. W. Tozer said, “The devil is a better theologian
than any of us and is a devil still.” He knows the Word and
its source, but he uses it destructively. It is our
responsibility to “feast” on the Word, know it firsthand and
apply it to our lives consistently. Satan is just waiting for
us to get lax in our “eating of the Word.” In our weakened
condition, he slips up on us and works his wizardry to
live in a world of neglect where the Word of God is
concerned. Spiritual carelessness has permeated the Christian
world, causing absolutes to be lost in the jungle of
permissiveness. God hasn’t changed His holiness nor His
requirements of us. Times change over generations, and it may
become necessary to change our methods of reaching the lost;
we can use different ways to send the message, but the message
can never change! There was a time when television was viewed
by some Christians as an ungodly instrument, but it is now
also used to send out gospel messages. Methods can be
compromised, personalities can be accommodated, times and
dates can be adjusted, locations can be changed, BUT the
message must never vary—Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,
today and forever. It is in God’s archives and cannot be
touched by Satan, no matter how often he alters his methods
“Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven”
better way to spend Thanksgiving than feasting on the Bread of
Heaven! It has all the spiritual nutrients we need to have a
balanced diet and develop a healthy lifestyle that will honor
God and influence the world for Him.
is an illustration that I saved from a short seminar a group
of us had in preparation for a Billy Graham film showing in
our small town. That has been many years ago, but the method
is still relevant and useful today. It illustrates that we
need to do more than just listen to someone else’s testimony.
Notice the progressive retention as we read for ourselves,
study and memorize God’s Holy Word. It begins in our ears,
continues with our eyes and is digested into our hearts where
it works itself out in our lives.
We only retain 10% of
what we hear. We retain 30% of what we read for
ourselves; but when we study, we retain 60%. In order
to retain all we hear, read and study, we must memorize
it. To maintain what we have memorized, we must
meditate upon it.
To see the strength of
the formula, try this experiment:
Try holding your Bible
with just your little finger in one hand; pull it out
with your other hand. Easy, wasn’t it?
Now, hold it with your
little finger and your ring finger; pull it out with
your other hand. Still easy, but a little harder than
Next, hold your Bible
with your little finger, ring finger and middle finger;
pull it out with your other hand. Getting harder to do,
OK. Hold your Bible with
your little finger, ring finger, middle finger and fore
finger; pull it out with your other hand. You have a
pretty good grip on it now, don’t you?
To really hold fast to
your Bible, hold it with all your fingers, then wrap
your thumb around it also. When you try to dislodge it,
you will have difficult time now.
You see, that’s how we
hold onto the Word of God. We hear it preached, taught,
discussed or however our ears get hold of it. We read
it for ourselves and study it. Then we commit to memory
as much as we can so we can meditate upon it. Voila!
We have a good grip on the Scriptures!
Get A Firm Grip!
Enjoy the Feast! Reap
the benefits! Pass it on!
Come and Dine
Jesus has a table spread
Where the saints of God are fed,
He invites His chosen people, 'Come and dine';
With His manna He doth feed
And supplies our every need:
O 'tis sweet to sup with Jesus all the time!
'Come and dine,' the Master calleth, 'Come and dine';
You may feast at Jesus' table all the time;
He Who fed the multitude, turned the water into wine,
To the hungry calleth now, 'Come and dine.'
The disciples came to land,
Thus obeying Christ's command,
For the Master called unto them, 'Come and dine';
There they found their heart's desire,
Bread and fish upon the fire;
Thus He satisfies the hungry every time.
Soon the Lamb will take His bride
To be ever at His side,
All the host of heaven will assembled be;
O 'twill be a glorious sight,
All the saints in spotless white;
And with Jesus they will feast eternally.
© There's Good News November 2007