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Friday, February 1, 2013

Eat the Word

Dear beloved:  The second leg of walking in the spirit is to daily ingest the word of God.  After Jesus had been taken up in the wilderness to be tempted by the devil, it tells us in Matthew 4:2 He then became hungry. v3 And the tempter came to Him and said to Him, "if you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread." v4 But He answered and said, "It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."   Jesus quoted a scripture from Deuteronomy 8:3, "And He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of God."

God humbles us and often takes us to a place of understanding where we come to realize that material provision (not just food) is not enough to sustain us, that we must come to a point of trusting the Lord for all that we have and all that we are.  Daily ingesting of God's word does many things for us: Psalm 119:105 tells us, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path.  So His word illuminates our path so we can walk through the darkness and not fall into the ditch or strike our foot against a stone. Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of Thy words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.   Again as we steep ourselves in God's word, it unfolds before us the revelation of God and our relationship with Him, it brings light to our life that we might shine in the darkness. Psalm 119:140 Thy word is very pure (refined), therefore Thy servant loves it.  Nothing we see in this world is pure, everything is tainted with darkness and the contamination of the devil, it is no wonder the "daily grind" of battling in the world wears us down.  So to meditate on His word lifts us up because of the purity of it, because of the truth in it.

The Lord fed Ezekiel the scroll  before He sent Ezekiel out on his mission to prophesy to the house of Israel. Ezekiel 2:8 ":Now you, son of man, listen to what I am speaking to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving to you."  And again in Ezekiel 3:1 Then He said to me, "Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel." v2 So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. v3 And He said to me, "Son of man, feed your stomach, and fill your body with this scroll I am giving you."   Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth.  Beloved, eat the word today just as Ezekiel did, it will sweeten up your life;  meditate on His word and it will feed you and fill you.  God bless you as you pray today.  in Christ, Jim

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