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Work for the Food Which Endures

November 5, 2018

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Work for the Food Which Endures

After Jesus had fed the 5,000 plus people,  they determined  to keep track of Jesus  and follow Him  where ever He went.     This really saddened Jesus  because these people were not really interested  in the things  of God.     They were just willing  to pretend an interest  in God’s word  so they could get more food.     In John 6:26-29,  it says,

Jesus answered them and said,  “Truly, truly,  I say to you,  you seek Me,  not because you saw signs,  but because you ate the loaves,  and were filled.      

“Do not work  for the food  which perishes,  but for the food  which endures  to eternal life,  which the Son of Man shall give  to you,  for on Him  the Father,  even God,  has set His seal.”      

They said therefore to Him,  “What shall we do,  that we may work the works  of God?”      

Jesus answered and said  to them,  “This is the work  of God,  that you believe in Him  whom He has sent.”

The  food which endures  to eternal life”  is the word  of God.     We need  to take in the word  of God every day  of our lives  in order to stay alive  and strong  spiritually.

So many people feel  they really don’t want  to read God’s word  every day.     They don’t want  to be a religious nut  of sorts.     They don’t realize  they are making themselves weak  in faith,  hope,  and love.     Not knowing any better,  they satisfy themselves  with the garbage  the world offers.

“Faith”  becomes a trying  to be confident  in themselves  and what they can accomplish  in their own “power”.     “Hope”  sort of means  they hope God will overlook the fact  that they are disregarding His word  and acting like spoiled brats.     “Love”  in their estimation  is nothing but the lust  in this world.

The end results?     They are definitely not  on the road  to eternal life.     In order  to believe rightly,  we need to fellowship  with our Savior  every day  through studying His word,  prayer,  praise,  and thanksgiving.     Jesus said,  “This is  the work  of God,  that you believe  in Him whom He has sent.”     No one can know  what to believe  about the Savior — unless they spend time  with the Savior  in His word — the Bible.

If we don’t stay close  to Jesus  in His word,  anyone can twist God’s word  and con us  into believing things  that are not true.     That is how people are led  into cults,  confusions about what God is really like  and His saving love  for us,  and even into outright unbelief.

The spiritual food Jesus gives us  in His word  benefits us  to eternal life.     If we are too embarrassed  to spend time with God now,  how are we going to feel  after this life?     If only worldly things satisfy us now — what will satisfy us  in eternity?

For our spiritual health,  let us dig into God’s word  and become strong  in believing the truth  about our salvation  in Christ Jesus.     Then,  we will be doing  the real “work of God”,  because believing  and living  rightly  takes strength  in this sinful world.

As we enjoy and digest all  that God has for us  in His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your truths  are a marvelous blessing.     Thank You  for freely giving me  Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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