Saturday, May 28, 2016

Give us This Day our Daily Bread


Taking notes on the Sunday Bible Study at Open Door Church, I present an edited lesson here.  Linda was teaching. 

The Holy Spirit yearns to bring personal revival and refreshing to the Body of Christ.  Revival starts here - - with you and with me.  A close relationship takes time.  We need to set aside time to get away, and become disciplined to pray.

The Holy Spirit says, “Come away with me.”  Find your quiet place, and meet with Jesus there.  The Bible calls it your closet, but it might be a comfortable chair, your car, or a quiet place in your home.  Jesus gave us Matthew 6:6 (the Lords Prayer) a sample for us to pattern after.

Don’t worry and fret, because God has promised to take care of you.  Matt 6:25 tells us to “Take no thought about food and clothing,” - - because God knows our basic needs and He will provide.

Jesus said to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these other things will be added unto you.”

The Holy Spirit teaches us how to live clean lives.  God clothes us with the Righteousness of Christ Jesus.  The Holy Spirit prompts us to watch our words and thoughts. 

Luke 11:9-13 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.  Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?  Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Jesus is urging us to ASK for the Holy Spirit.  The Father desires to give you good gifts.

We are focusing on our Daily Bread.  Jesus referred to bread as our sustenance.  Jesus is the Bread of Life, our spiritual bread.  The Holy Spirit is our breath of life. There is a longing coming from the Father to feed us in Spirit and satisfy our longing.  By repetition God the Father is first.  Man cannot live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Establish a relationship with the giver of Life, our God. 

The Good Samaritan bound up a certain man’s wounds and poured in oil and wine.  Oil and wine are a symbol of the Holy Spirit as he soothes our emotional pain.

Wine also is a picture of the blood of Jesus that was shed for us.  “Is not this the cup of Jesus’ suffering?

Our teacher brought a loaf of bread and small cups of grape juice to remind us of all Jesus had done for us.  She broke off chunks of bread and asked that we consume the bread and “wine” (grape juice) and allow it to assimilate into our body our soul and spirit.

Begin somewhere, the first thing in the morning; taking time to invite the Heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to meet with you.  Invite them to accompany you as you start your duties of the day.

Day by day your fellowship will deepen.  There is sweet communion as you meet with God.

When anger comes like a flood; stop and consider what is happening here?  Understand there is always two different opinions, and be quick to yield to a spirit of forgiveness. 
Let it go,  Say – “It is gone!”  Use words to reinforce your decisions.  Ask for divine love where there is none, for He will provide you with His love.

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