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15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. 16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. – Psalm 145:15-16 (NIV)

God offers each believer what he or she needs in this life.  He provides each and every one of us precisely what we need in order to sustain us.  The Lord does not promise us a surplus.  He promises us sufficiency.  He will deliver on all of His promises.

We need to accept the Lord at His promises.  We need to truly rely upon the Lord as our sole provider.  Anything that we do receive still has its genesis with the Lord our God.  Otherwise, we end up leaning on our own understanding.  That’s not faith.  That’s foolishness, far from wisdom.

When the Lord opens His hand, desires are satisfied.  Needs are met when the Lord opens things up.  No feelings or egos are bruised when the Lord our God opens His hand and provides for us.  Let us lean and depend on Him for all that we need and give Him both glory and praise for every blessing He bestows upon us.

 

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>Manna Doesn’t Pass the True Bread Test [John 6:26-58]

Jesus shared that manna doesn’t pass the true bread test because their forefathers ate manna and still died (vv. 31, 49, 58).

The Master fulfills more than manna.

Manna cannot pass the true bread test.

Manna can fill your stomach, but it cannot satisfy and save your soul.

Bread of Life: Lenten Reflections for Individuals and Groups
Manna: The Call to Daily Dependence on GodIt can keep you alive, but it cannot give you life or eternal life.
Manna can only sustain, but it cannot save you.

There is only one “bread of life” that:

Comes from heaven (vv. 33, 38, 50-51, 58)

I Am The Bread Of Life: John 1-10 (Six Weeks With the Bible for Catholic Teens)Gives life to the world (vv. 33, 40, 47, 50-51, 54, 57-58)
This is the bread that passes the true bread test.
 
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KJV New Defenders Study Bible
1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.- Genesis 9:1-3 (NIV)

God made a covenant with Noah. He told Noah: Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. He had said earlier that the animals were to be released in order to multiply and fill the earth in chapter 8. He preserved these people to fill the earth from their line. It was to be done through Noah and his sons, multiplying and filling the earth.
God offers us everything. He says so in verses 2 and 3. We are offered all as food to us. Yet, we must not approach this lightly. God has a caveat that is also revealed in this covenant. But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. That’s not for you. You have to prepare it a certain way, in a manner that is acceptable by God.

THE GENESIS RECORD


We have to learn the way that God wants us to live. There are reasons that kosher diets and other dietary restrictions work. We see the laws in Leviticus as a good source for understanding healthy biblical eating. Even though all is offered to us, we still need to watch how we eat. Look at diabetes and other preventable diseases and health issues. Those typically come about by what we take into our bodies. God offers us a natural way of eating, not preservatives and additives. Take care to be wise stewards over all that God has offered you, especially your body, mind and spirit. Be mindful of what you take in.

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 1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.- Genesis 9:1-3 (NIV)

God made a covenant with Noah.  He told Noah: Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.  He had said earlier that the animals were to be released in order to multiply and fill the earth in chapter 8.  He preserved these people to fill the earth from their line.  It was to be done through Noah and his sons, multiplying and filling the earth.

God offers us everything.  He says so in verses 2 and 3.  We are offered all as food to us.  Yet, we must not approach this lightly.  God has a caveat that is also revealed in this covenant.  But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.  That’s not for you.  You have to prepare it a certain way, in a manner that is acceptable by God.

We have to learn the way that god wants us to live.  There are reasons that kosher diets and other dietary restrictions work.  We see the laws in Leviticus as a good source for understanding healthy biblical eating.  Even though all is offered to us, we still need to watch how we eat.  Look at diabetes and other preventable diseases and health issues.  Those typically come about by what we take into our bodies.  God offers us a natural way of eating, not preservatives and additives.  Take care to be wise stewards over all that God has offered you, especially your body, mind and spirit.  Be mindful of what you take in.

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46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Acts 2:46-47

Christian churches are known for their fellowship.  In fact, it seems like there must have been a daily potluck of sorts after Pentecost in Acts 2.  We see the early church had a common faith that led to a communal fellowship.

In days like today, we need to come together in a similar fashion.  Think about ways that your congregation can share with one another in the joyous fellowship of Christian love and unity.  Let it be casual and comfortable.  Make it just a gathering that allows you to break bread and share praise and praise together. 

Have every family bring a dish with a message of praise placed near it.  Display the messages prominently so that all can see them.  People will not only praise Sister King for her potato salad but also for overcoming the challenge of losing her husband in faith.  They won’t only see Brother Gilbert as an excellent Sunday school teacher but a mighty good barbecue cook as well.  Fellowship together, sharing your praise for the Lord as one.

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But Daniel sresolved that he would not tdefile himself with kthe king’s food, or with lthe wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to tdefile himself.- Daniel 1:8 (NLT)

What we learn from the many biblical examples provided to us is that God can distinguish us with a divine destiny.  We don’t have to walk long with the Lord before we feel the spiritual tug on our lives and find ourselves marked for an assignment by Master.  He uses whomever He chooses.

It is so with Daniel as we read this familiar text from the Scriptures.  Circumstances and situations collide and culminate in cornucopia of change, change that is caused by being called out from among the crowd by the Creator.  So we find young Daniel among those marked by a secular king to expand and extend an earthly kingdom but simultaneously handpicked by the spiritual King of kings to exemplify and express a heavenly kingdom.  Daniel was distinguished for a divine destiny, for God indeed had called him to stand. Yes, He hose daniel to stand for truth with integrity and to stand for God amid idolatrous defilement.  God had called on this young man to lead a spiritual stand against impurity.  The fact of the matter is that God has called on many of us stand…in the courtroom, at the school district, in college lecture halls, in community meetings, even at the barbershop and the beauty shop.  God has called on His people to stand…to stand for Him in dark times and to stand on His promises even where you see no provision.

So what happens when God calls you stand?

  • He will cause you to stand up

Daniel has a turning point in this text that sets him apart from the other young men. The Word simply says: “Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself.” It’s an internal decision before his external demonstration.  It’s a personal resolution before it is a public result. You see something happened in Daniel’s heart before anything came out of his mouth.  Therefore, when Daniel did speak, God had already stirred something within him before he started something through him.    If God calls you to stand, He will cause you to stand up for Him and to His glory.  If you want to test where somebody’s standing, look and see who’s going to get the glory.  That’ll tell you all you need to know.  We are to stand up but stand up for God and the purpose He has given us, seeking nothing for ourselves.

  • …to stand out

After approved and acted on, Daniel and his comrades appeared to stand out from the rest.  Their countenance glowed differently than the others.  The appeared healthier than their counterparts.  God caused them to stand out.   What we take into our bodies has an effect on us, particularly in our appearance.  Take in junk and you start showing signs of how junk is affecting you.

  • … to stand above

So in the end we that God will cause you to stand up and He’ll cause you to stand out.  But what’s real impressive about God is that He’ll even cause you to stand above.  Daniel and his friends stood out so much that they stood above the other young men.  In fact when presented before the king they were even standing above those who the king already had in place. like astrologers and magicians.  God uses these young men proved to be a cut above all of those as well.  You see when take a stand for God based upon His calling you, He can cause you to stand above…He can cause you to stand above your circumstances…your situation…your health condition…your socioeconomic status…your education level…your marital status…even when you don’t believe in yourself, you better believe in God…He can cause you to stand above it all.

Amen.

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I am honestly inspired by God as I prepare for an unconventional sermon today. Street preaching, as many will agree, requires one to say what needs to be said and shut up and get out of the way. The Lord will lead you further once you get started, but He gives you enough to get started and share with the people in order to make a real connection with them. At least twice per month, we rotate among 3 to 4 preachers to share a brief inspirational message before a line of people seeking food items and clothes from our community giveaway. Our presentation of the gospel has shifted as hearts have been opened by the Word and our own eyes have been opened to the degree of blight and poverty that exists within our community. As I prepare for my message, I see images of black, brown and yellow faces with hope in their dark eyes. I can’t help but hear the Lord’s words the “least of these” echo over and over again in my spirit. Keep us in prayer as we serve the people once again.

Bayview Charities Food Giveaway
Sponsored by Feeding America
Every 1st & 3rd Friday
8 AM-10 AM
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