And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35
I lied. I don’t eat once a week, but I thought it was a catchy title. There are, however, some people that really do. Sunday after Sunday we fill seats in churches and are spiritually fed the Word of God, but that’s the only day we eat and that’s just not healthy.
When I was first saved, I was heavily involved in church. I was there every time the doors were opened. I loved the fellowship, the camaraderie, the newness of life found in giving my life to Christ, but it never occurred to me to “partake” of Jesus daily. I would have random seasons where I would study the Bible and pray regularly but that was not the “norm”. I could see a dramatic change in my behavior and attitude when I stuck to the regiment, but I wouldn’t stay committed and the yucky old me would resurrect and take over again. Yes, I know the scripture:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17.
But quite honestly it takes a while. Yes, we are reborn instantly into the Kingdom of God when we are saved, but it takes years to undo what we’ve become. Our spirits are saved instantly, but our souls take some time to be transformed. It’s not just holding to a new code of ethics, it’s being moved by His kindness to become the people of God we are called to be. It’s waking up morning after morning being fed the living Word of God. With every Koffee with the King moment, we have the opportunity to hear from God daily, be led to hand-picked passages of scripture by God to help sustain us for that day. Every word He speaks gives us the power to stand strong when the wiles of the enemy come.
Unlike a snake, we can’t eat one big meal a week and live. I would love to cook a feast a week for my husband and be done. But feeding him once a week won’t fly around here, and it doesn’t fly in the Kingdom of God either. In the model prayer Jesus said to God, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Daily bread is the key. We’ve got to be women of the Word of God, both the spoken and written word. We’ve become a people that are moved by our passions and emotions, so whatever feels good must be right. We’ve drifted away from standing firm on the Word of God. There is a lack of knowledge of what His Word says by those who profess to belong to Him. I’m in awe at some of the stances some professing believers are taking that are completely contrary to the character and nature of God and to His written Word. We are being led astray by every wind of doctrine, by cunning false teachers that teach another Gospel, that teach man’s own interpretation of God. But what does the Word of God say? We don’t know because we’ve stopped studying it! We let people tell us what it says. We should be reading and studying it for ourselves. We should be having daily times with Him, hearing Him speak and seeing His truth revealed to us.
Look, I’m guilty too! I’ve slacked off on studying His Word. I don’t study it near like I used to, but I’m challenging us all to go deeper…to get back to the basics of studying His Word…to spending daily, quality time with Him. Will you join me? Will you commit to sitting with Him daily and receiving your daily bread, to giving more time to the study of His written Word? Let’s become Women of His Word! But I want to encourage you, if you don’t have a hunger to know Him more, pray for it, God will give you the desire. Are you ready?
YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING:
God is bursting at the seams to talk to you today! There are so many wonderful things that He wants to teach you about Himself through this time…things He’ll speak to you directly and things He’ll prompt you to read in scripture. I’ve included an instrumental song to get you started. Play it, and talk to Him like you would a friend over coffee. I can’t wait for you to hear Him today!
Ready to love the Word like King David? Ponder these verses over the next week and make a plan to go deeper on your own with the Holy Spirit as your guide.
Day 2: Read the model prayer about daily bread Matthew 6:9-13
Day 3: Read about the bread we live off of Matthew 4:3-4
Day 4: Read about King David’s love for God’s Word Psalm 119:97
Day 5: Read about excitement of God’s Word Psalm 119:162