Prayer, Promise, Praise, and Offended

dscf6859Our world today is filled with voices of the offended. Words of truth offend. Words of love offend. Words confronting the lack in ourselves offend. Jesus Christ speaks words that offend the unbelieving, when in fact, they are meant to fill the lack in their lives.

Many of those who heard Jesus speak on being the, “I am that bread of life,”  were offended and walked away – walked away from words of life.

We began this week’s posts with the John 6:63 –

“It is the Spirit who gives life;

the flesh profits nothing:

the words that  I have spoken to you,

are spirit, and life.” (NASB)

In the next verse Jesus concludes –

“But there are some of you that believe not.”

Our Prayer:

“Living Father,

You are that great I Am, the possessor of life and giver of life  – “It is the Spirit who gives life”.

Without the breath of your Spirit we are a walking shell of what you created us to be. But your Spirit awakens our spirit to you when we believe and receive the words Jesus spoke. He is our living bread. His flesh and blood are life-giving to all who will receive them. For, as Jesus says, all who –

“will come after me,

let him deny himself,

and take up his cross,

and follow me.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:

and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world,

and lose his own soul?

Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul.”

Matthew 16:24-26

As you, Jesus, gave your flesh to be broken for us, may we surrender our flesh to your Spirit and follow you. May we seek only to find life in you counting as the Apostle Paul said,

“all things but loss

for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:

For whom I have suffered the loss of all things,

and do count them but dung,

that I may win Christ.”

Philippians 3:8

Fill us with you, the living bread. So as you prayed, we –

“all may be one:

as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee,

that they also may be one in us:

that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

John 17:21

As we eat on the life-giving bread of Jesus Christ, conform us to his image, that the world will see Jesus in us. May we bear witness you have sent him for all who will receive him.

“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because,

when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us,

ye received it,

not as the word of men, but as it is in truth,

the word of God,

which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”

1 Thessalonians 2:13

God’s Promises

  1. “He that hath the Son hath life; and
  2. he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 1 John 5:12

Our Praise to Jesus who said, “I am that bread of life.”

“Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD,

praise the name of the LORD.

Blessed be the name of the LORD

from this time forth and for evermore.

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same

the LORD’s name is to be praised …

For – Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness,

for they shall be filled.”

Psalm 113:1-3; Matthew 5:6

One of my grandsons has a phrase he uses often when speaking of truth – “Speak truth in love.” But even then there are times the truth offends. We say, “The truth hurts.” But when it hurts, we don’t need turn away from it, but embrace it. For then true life begins.

May this weekend find us each feasting on the Bread of Life in all the fulness of God and praising his name.