This is the final post in our ‘Spiritual Food’ study series. Our focus for this series has been the importance of what we take in as ‘spiritual food’, with the premise that scripture is the main diet for a Christian, and therefore the need for caution in regards to feeding upon what we may call, ‘worldly wisdom’.
With scripture as our main diet, we have Christ Jesus as our authority.
Now this is such an important part of being a Christian. With Jesus as our authority we guard ourselves from not being led astray. Furthermore, it is integral for Christians in order for them to grow and mature and therefore ‘bear fruit’ for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. For Jesus said, no-one will bear any fruit without Him and we will not bear any fruit without REMAINING in Him.
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
The disciples who saw Jesus with their own eyes truly understood that without Jesus no miracles were possible and it is the same for us today – Without Jesus no miraculous transformative growth is possible – Anything else is just ‘smoke and mirrors’; human attempts to play god.
The disciples saw their need for Jesus many times and asked Him to be their guide when asking Him how they should pray for spiritual growth. Jesus replied with what we call, ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ and this infamous prayer is our guide for spiritual growth. Let’s break it down.
Opening Praise – “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
Desire for God’s will to be first – “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Petition for spiritual food for wisdom – “Give us this day our daily bread,”
Request for forgiveness and also letting go of resentment through forgiving others – “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
Keep us safe from the enemy and his temptations – “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
We see can see this prayer for the Christian in parts as; glorifying God, desiring His will foremost in your life, to know His will requesting spiritual food/wisdom, the importance of forgiveness to remain close to God and requesting protection for our journey.
All these sections of what seems a simple and short prayer are equally important, however for this study we want to highlight the request for ‘Spiritual Food’ for wisdom and therefore discernment.
Praying The Lord’s prayer is so important as it keeps us in the right place of humility before Jesus – Just like the ‘needy’ disciples who asked how to pray in the beginning.
When we ask for our ‘daily bread’ we are approaching The Lord and His table.
When scripture speaks of The Lord’s table it is described as a lavish wedding banquet and describes lowly, humble people as the blessed guests. Psalm 23 also describes The Lord as an abundant provider, as One who gives so much that the ‘cup overflows’ even though the psalmist David, speaks of a journey that is very difficult! Verse 5 even refers to The Lord preparing this banquet in the presence of our enemies. When the world is against us we may feel weak and vulnerable and yet our Heavenly Father is there to provide spiritual sustenance. This may even be a witness to those who stand against us of how great our Father really is.
As Christians we also continue to celebrate being a part of God’s family by partaking in the symbolic meal of bread and wine that Jesus’ instituted. This meal is sometimes referred to as The Lord’s Table, or The Lord’s Supper, aside from Communion. Scripture also warns us to examine ourselves and partake in the meal in a humble manner.
The Lord’s table is therefore full of abundant blessings for His children, but we must be honest and real with ourselves when we come before The Lord. We must understand our hearts are deceitful and we need the mirror of scripture for true, godly insight and wisdom. Scripture is the true Word of God and the only substantial spiritual food that will produce a harvest of good deeds and fruit for Jesus’ Kingdom. Listen to these scriptures:
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9.
“Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:21-25.
We must be DOERS of The Word, not for salvation but for faithful living and Kingdom work.
We must be DOERS of The Word, but we MUST know what the Word says for this to happen.
We must be DOERS of The Word, in a world where the enemy and his wolves will try to persuade us otherwise, and elevate human wisdom above God’s.
We must be DOERS of The Word, for Jesus will return and call us to His celebratory, wedding banquet table as His guest.
In this series we began with the first post, ‘Becoming what we eat’ for it is true that we become products of our habits. It is true that we take on what we digest and this will impact our spiritual growth and relationship with Jesus. In post two, ‘Taste and see’ we discussed the need to lay our lives down upon His alter in order to experience His goodness. In post three, ‘Artificial Preservatives’ we looked at what isn’t healthy even though it may be presented to us as ‘spiritual’. Post four discussed the need we may have for a ‘Spiritual Detox’ for time to time when we find ourselves not in the best spiritually healthy state.
And so we conclude our study on ‘Spiritual Food’ with The Lord’s Table, as we believe from experience and countless testimonies that there is no other source that supplies true, abundant good food other than Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only One who can have authority in a Christian’s life in order for true spiritual transformation and fruit to come forth for His Kingdom.
Jesus Christ’s table is laden with true, healthy, good food which He gives to us in His Word. Don’t be deceived or misled, come in humility daily to taste and see that The Lord is good by coming to His table. You will get to know Him better and The Word for yourself so that you are not easily led astray. It is easily to get caught up with ‘fast food’ alternatives, so maybe you may need a spiritual detox? We truly hope this series has been a blessing for you as we truly do become what we eat!
Study Time ~
John 15. Jesus The Vine and our need for Him.
James 1:12-25. Being DOERS of The Word.
After reading, now take some time to consider the following questions:
Q1. Why is it necessary for us to stay connected to Jesus as The Vine?
Q2. How can we know God’s will and direction for our life?
Q3. How can we guard ourselves from being led astray?
Q4. Why do we need to be doers of The Word when salvation is not by our works?
God bless, Melanie and Richard!
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Again, this post is the final one in this 5 part series – If you’d like to go back to the beginning and study through all 5 posts click here.