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THE SECRET TO UNFAILING SUSTENANCE AND SATISFACTION

Much can be told about the words of Jesus  (written in red in most Bibles) For me, the I AMs remain to be a favorite. Jesus combines the I AMs with seven metaphors that are in our day to day engagements: if not moment by moment. Going back to Exodus 3:14 “I AM WHO I AM” (when Moses asked who He would be introduced as to the Egyptians) , the revelation of who God is is set to be seen throughout scripture and in John 8:58 Jesus says “Before Abraham was, I AM” . I AM is the ultimate statement of self sufficiency, self existence and immediate presence;  the kind of continuing existence without beginning or end

You satisfy me is (or can) undoubtedly qualify as one of a Christian’s most recorded confession ; either it be proclaimed as a desire from the depth of ones soul or an affirmative declaration . Songs have been sung. Sermons have been preached and perhaps poems have been written about how lovingly our God refreshes us. The Psalmist, without a doubt, takes the award. My recent meditation has been Psalms 63:5 “You satisfy me more than the richest feast”

Today, the hunger of our souls is soon to be satisfied as we meet the Bread of Life. John 6:35 “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

If it were to be taken literally, then I would probably miss out on this because bread is something I can easily pass. I don’t like bread and if I had my way, I would probably ask God to change this metaphor and possibly replace it with something more delicious, like cake maybe? But that would mean scrapping off the significance that has been clearly outlined from Exodus (as the Israelites ate the unleavened bread following their exit from Exodus as they celebrated) and further along He rained down bread from heaven (Exodus 16:11-14). It would be too much work so we will work with bread and love it as a metaphor. This interconnectedness clearly points to the fact that satisfying physical needs is part of God’s love and yet it comes with a deeper revelation as well : knowing Him as the bread and not just receiving the bread from Him. In using metaphors, Jesus was making the message more available and relatable to people as he met their needs and in context of John 6, Jesus had just performed the miracle of the five loaves and two fish.

SPIRITUAL BREAD

The essentiality of bread is the reason why Jesus likened it with Himself. When He says He is the bread of life , He is saying that we ought to understand how essential He is to our life. Bread is synonymous for food in general which is a basic need.

What are you feeding on? How are you trying to sustain yourself? Are you famished?

“The reason why multitudes of Christians are famished and feeble is because they are trying to live upon the husks or the fruits of this world. They are longing for the flesh pots of Egypt or the quails of lust and are weary of the simple bread of God. They feed on man’s philosophies, materialism, the sensationalism of the novel… or the husks of the market and stock exchange, instead of the pure, sweet, sustaining word of God.”

John 6 is a verse for those who are hungry for Jesus and nothing else. He is enough which is why He does not promise to send bread . Instead He says I AM. Psalm 107:9 “For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. ” .

The events prior to this powerful declaration highlight the truth that we can seek the wrong things and try to find satisfaction in it. Jesus saw depths of their hearts, where they sought His signs instead of Him. (John 6:26-27 and He invites them not to labor for food that perishes). The hunger is not the physical kind, it is the deep longing we all seem to have that can be attributed to things revolving around security, acceptance and approval. Though the multitude got a lot of things wrong as they even laid claims to how their fathers ate manna and how preposterous it was for Him to offer His flesh to be eaten (John 6:52) , they got it right when they said “Sir, give us that bread daily.” We need to keep going back just in the same manner we do with feeding. DAILY . Failure in doing this results in nothing but a famished soul that will then seek to satisfy with the temporary.

“What they wanted, He would not give; what He offered, they would not receive.” (Bruce)

Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.  (Matthew 4:4;  Deuteronomy 8:3 ) And Jesus is that Word! We get to know Him through the word He has given to us, the word that is life and which teaches us who He is!

WHEN YOU FEED ON THE BREAD:
  • You no longer hunger and thirst: (John 6:35)
  • You stop wasting time searching and spending time, resources and energy (Isaiah 55:2)
  • You have eternal life (John 6:40 ; John 6:50; John 6:54 ; John 6:57)
  • You are positioned for continuous fellowship (John 6:56)
  • You are accepted

NOTHING ELSE WILL DO

To get to this confession requires having had a taste of Jesus , of who He is and what He offers. Many disciples left upon lacking revelation (“This is very hard to understand. At this point many of His disciples turned away and deserted Him” ; John 6:60 ; John 6:64 )  Seems quite ironic considering that they had just been given the key to unfailing sustenance and provision through Jesus.

When we confine our commitment to follow Jesus based on our understanding, we become victims of faulty unstable devotion which is why praying for a heart of understanding and illumination of the Holy Spirits truth should guide our posture of seeking, we do not do this on our own.

Simon Peter’s words, I pray, will our declaration. (John 6:68)

Jesus:Are you also going to leave?” (John 6:67)

Chebet : ( __________Replace with your name) “Lord ,to whom will we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)

God will satisfy our physical needs (Matthew 6:10) and yet He wants to give us more by satisfying these hungry souls and to live a life that longs only for the good gifts He extends to us.  He is the Bread of life. He is the Word.

Feed on the Bread of Life by staying in His presence : through the Word and in prayer.

“Seeing a loaf of bread on a plate will not satisfy our hunger. Knowing the ingredients in the bread will not satisfy our hunger. Taking pictures of the bread will not satisfy our hunger. Telling other people about the bread will not satisfy our hunger. Selling the bread will not satisfy our hunger. Playing catch with the bread will not satisfy our hunger.” (D.G)

Nothing will satisfy our hunger and bring us life except actually eating the bread. He who eats this bread will live forever. (John 6:56)

There is a seat for you at the table, He has welcomed you. Do not feed on crumbs. Let the filler of our souls fill you!

You are light and you are so loved. Stay anchored and Keep His light shining through

11 thoughts on “THE SECRET TO UNFAILING SUSTENANCE AND SATISFACTION

  1. So good… Thank you for the beautiful reminder that only Jesus Christ satisfies our longing hearts.

  2. ”BREAD OF LIFE”
    Wow!
    I am the bead of life, you don’t need manna or cake!
    Never saw it this way,
    You know you are preaching
    Right!
    Thankyou for this piece

  3. Wow!!! Beautiful beautiful!!♥️♥️♥️

    Feed on the Bread of Life by staying in His presence : through the Word and in prayer….This is it so help me God!!

    it’s gonna be a beautiful series can’t wait!! Thanks so much beautiful ♥️♥️

      1. It’s only Jesus who can satisfy my heart. And that can happen only if abide in Him, and Him in me.

        This was such a beautiful reminder. It’s only Jesus.

        Thank you❤

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