Is it Bread or Stone ?

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Matthew 7:7-12 NIV – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

 

I want you to ask yourself a question – Is It Bread or Stone?

Let’s take a look at what bread represents

Bread is

-food that sustains life.

-Jesus is the bread of life.

– He nourishes ours spirits

– He removed a heart of stone and gives us a heart of flesh.

– Jesus/Bread is the real deal. The way, the truth and the life.

 

Stone is

– An object, not alive

– it’s physically hard, when hard hearts are mentioned in the bible its always used negatively when someone is turning their heart away from the will of God.

– it definitely wouldn’t taste good or serve your spiritual life

 

Deceiving ourselves when its’ obvious:

We can often ask God for something, know his will and then deceive ourselves into thinking a counterfeit or stone is “the blessing”. However after looking at stones and bread above we can see that bread and stone are opposites. They don’t go together, they don’t serve the same purpose. One brings life one brings spiritual death.

If you’re reading this and you’ve been petitioning and praying to God to give you clarity, know that if its qualities are stone like it’s probably stone.

The worst part about self-deception is that you talk yourself into it. God is a good God. In the passage he mentions earthly parents giving good gifts to their children. Don’t reason your way into a curse, because you are too impatient or full of doubt to wait on God’s hand to move and deliver. This could be in relationships, your career etc. You start out in expectation of something amazing. You’ve read and believed that “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us “ (Ephesians 3:20).  Then a day goes by, then a month, then a year and you start to pick up stones trying to chew it….and you fool yourself into thinking it’s some bread. Bread and stone are nothing alike.

We see this illustrated again in Luke 18:1-8 NIV :

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

In the above passage even an EVIL judge that doesn’t care about God or what people think will render justice; that which is GOOD when the widow stays in faith.

 

Prayer/Declaration: Lord, help us to let go of stone so we can receive the bread that you’ve have prepared for us.

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Flesh vs. Spirit Minded

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:5-6)

#livebySpirit it’s easy to live by your flesh with no self restraint, but the results of this type of lifestyle are stress, worry, pain and problems. The flesh is weak, impulsive and inconsistent. However when we life according to the spirit it produces a peace that cannot be explained. When we do God’s word and are led by his spirit we align ourselves with Heaven.

Works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21)
sexual immorality
impurity
sensuality
idolatry
sorcery
enmity
strife
jealousy
fits of anger
rivalries
dissensions
divisions
envy
drunkenness
orgies

Fleshy thoughts :
1. Wants glory for oneself and to be impressive (selfish ambition)
2. Wants to feel good
3. Will do anything for personal gain including compromise (greed)
4. Ruled by whatever emotion comes your way
5. Agrees with the ways of the world

Holy Spirit filled thoughts:

1. Wants God’s will to be done above all else
2. Seeks first the kingdom
3. Concerned with expanding the kingdom by doing their assignment /part in God’s plan
4. Wants God to get the glory
5. Posture of ” I will wait on you God, because I know your ways are best”

 

ONLY JOY: NO DROUGHT OR LACK

The Lord is my shepherd and I lack nothing. – Psalm 23:1 NIV

 

As I sat in church and listened to a sermon about true joy vs. happiness paired with a song “You are my portion, you are all O need” by Kari Jobe”

I was refreshed and overwhelmed with an inner knowing that Jesus really is enough for me. The things we look to from happiness that external as perishing, temporary and fading. Oh but the joy that comes from Jesus, who is on the inside of ever believer is every spiritual blessing.  And things are created in the spirit then, manifest in the natural earthly realm.

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. – Ephesians 1:3 NIV

 

Psalm 23:1 is not saying hopefully one day you won’t lack anything. I know it’s a verse I’ve looked at , read ,a confessed in the pass opening that me reading it would change  a physical circumstances.

 

But a new fresh breathe of revelation that, YOU ACTUALLY LACK NOTHING IN CHRIST. I ACTUALLY LACK NOTHING IN CHRIST.

Chris is everything. So if we have everything, we lack NOTHING.

 

 

For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. Psalm 84:11 NLT

 

and those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. – Isaiah 35:10

 

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” – John 4:14 MSG

We HAVE JOY.

We HAVE PEACE.

WE HAVE what we need to get through the day.

WE HAVE what we need to walk out our destinies, because Christ is enough.

We HAVE enough to demonstrate the kingdom of Heaven on earth.

 

Believing this has been the missing key.   We have to believe that there is really no lack in Christ.  We have access to THE spring of LIVIING water, where there is no end to the goodness.

 

Let’s Get Real – STOP FAKING LIKE EVERYTHING IS OKAY

What would have happened if the woman with the issue of blood pretended she didn’t have a problem, that all was well and in perfect health. She would not have gotten her healing. She was not whole, but she admitted that, which left room for God to bring out the healing she needed.

She pressed pass the crowd (doubt, unbelief, depression,lack, people gossiping) to touch Jesus. His strength is made perfect in our weakness, therefore I boast in weakness instead of ignoring the weakness.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

The church can get so “spiritual” that they deny the real legitimate issues of their heart. And your heart determines the course of your life and the words you speak.

Pride will keep you from getting close to God, therefore not getting what you really what you need ,that only God can provide. Intimacy requires transparency. Yet, pride says I already have it together, I am strong already. You don’t have to put on a facade , who cares what other people think or say, they don’t your answers but JESUS DOES.

“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble “(James 4:6)

Facing constant disappointments can plain hurt. The woman with the issue of blood tried everything to remedy her issue. She had been hemorrhaging for YEARS , spent all her life savings going from doctor to doctor and nothing. Her efforts and people she placed her trust in let her down. There was nothing else left for her to do. She still had the issue of blood, until the day she touched Jesus….

It’s the Little Things that you think don’t matter…

Little Foxes

 

Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.

– Songs of Solomon 2:15 NIV

Today the Lord tarries his coming but there will be a day when the Lord tarries no more. We want to make sure that we are on guard. Guard our lives, our spirit, and our souls from destruction. The enemy can be so subtle when he tries to creep into your life. He’s a wretched snake with cunning ways. Oftentimes the devil knows you’re not stupid enough to do blatantly sin, so he uses small “foxes”. These small things can be thoughts that birth habits or relationships that lead to sprinkles of perversity to look for a door to your heart.

Sinful thoughts lead to sinful actions, sin gives birth to death. This is a gradual process. For example, rat poison is used to capture an unwanted rodent in a building. When the rat approaches the poison tablet it first sees it and probably thinks something like, “Yes, that looks great it’s exactly what I like, let me get a piece of this”. Then it bites into the tablet and it taste great , but there is something called anti-coagulant mixed in that depleted the vitamin k stored in the rodent’s system , other chemicals are also released to cause internal bleeding and the vitamin k causes the rodent blood not to clot, then it dies after one or two days.

This happens to humans when little foxes are allowed in the garden. Solomon insists on catching the little foxes before they spoil the sweet fruit that is blossoming. Let’s say we’ve given our life to Christ , we’ve decided that we want to live God’s way, we surrender the big things ,but we’re okay with just a “white lie”, just a little drink, just a little fornication, a little bad attitude . A little of this and that opens the door to that internal bleeding from the damage it does. An inner destruction can start with just a little.  A cake batter’s substance is changed from just a little egg.

Today ask God to show you where there may be any small foxes in your life. Don’t allow the good fruit that is being developed in you to be spoiled by some wrong thinking and habits. We grow spiritually when we are rooted in good ground. We want to flourish and grow that become like a tree that constant bears good fruit. Renew your mind and choose to think what the Word of God says. What your mind thinks is what you will follow.

Today’s Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, open my eyes to see any small foxes in my life. I repent and turn away from anything that will hinder my spiritual growth. I place your Word as my first and finally authority. In Jesus name, Amen.

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