LIVING BREAD, LIVING WATER

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’

// John 7:38

Confession time: I have this terrible habit of checking my email, texts, facebook andinstagram accounts all in the space of the first 5 mins of the day, as soon as I wake up in the morning, while laying in bed. It doesn’t make me feel relaxed, excited about the day ahead or clear-headed – but so often I still do it! It’s a bad habit. Whenever I choose to open my Bible app first I feel empowered, at peace and ready to tackle the day!

What we put into our lives, what we place in front of our eyes, is so important. The Word of God, the Bible, is bread for our soul (Matt 4:4). It’s breath to our lungs. It’s living water that quenches our thirst (John 7:38). It is pure truth. And Hebrews 4:12 says, it is both alive and active: For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

In Matthew 4:4 Jesus said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Instead of constantly ‘refreshing your feed,’ only to be left hungry, why don’t you refresh your soul today and let rivers of living water flow into your life, and out of your life into the world around you?

God created the world as a living system. Things flow in and things flow out. It’s a Kingdom principle. Creation speaks of this through the ecosystem – different components are linked together and have life through nutrient cycles and energy flows. If a plant doesn’t receive water, it dies; and in turn that plant provides oxygen which a human being inhales, and the cycle continues.

What are you putting into your life? What are you feeding on? Are the words/images/opinions of others louder and more influential than the Word of God in your life?

You deserve the best, the real bread, fresh baked from heaven and it’s available for you; in fact, Jesus deeply desires you to take time and break bread with Him. As Spurgeon put it, “Bread is a second cause; the LORD Himself is the first source of our sustenance.”

// Georgie Kelsey