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by Clifford Tate 
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Proverbs 9:5 “Come; eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed."

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ enlisted all who had hungry souls to come to Him and be made completely full. It is written in John 6 that a great multitude of people began to follow the Lord Jesus after they saw His miracles, especially how He healed many people of various diseases. It is clear that the multitude were deeply longing for Christ to heal their physical bodies, but not so discerning His desire to heal their souls of the disease of sin.

As the multitude came nearer, our Lord asked Phillip how they were going to feed all of these people. Phillip only seeing into the natural began to figure out how much money would be required, but the Scripture said that our Lord only spoke this to Phillip to test him, because He knew what He was going to do. Jesus Christ is all sufficient and all satisfying bread for all our physical and spiritual needs. After our Lord took a little boys small portion of food and multiplied it to feed upwards of 20,000 people, then the disciples began to say that He is truly the Prophet to come into the world that Moses spoke of long ago.

How often did the disciples see our Lord and Savior do so many things that defied human explanation, yet their hearts were still slow to believe or trust that Jesus was truly God and the bread of God come down from heaven. How much do we limit our Lord’s hands today by our worry, doubt, fear, and even unbelief? He is still the same yesterday, today, and forever. Our Lord and Savior did not confine His miracles only for the Apostles and He does not only want to work out His miracles for their generation, but in and for every generation until He comes back. His greatest miracle (He wants to perform daily) is regeneration (the new birth).

Personally, I often fall into the snare of trying to fill myself with the things of this world instead of being greedy to fill my soul with the Bread of Life my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How foolish I can become and empty all because I work harder for the food that cannot satisfy instead of the living Bread (Jesus Christ) from Heaven. Not only did our Lord completely feed the crowd of almost 20,000 people using only a small portion of food, but also after everyone was filled they gathered up leftovers. This is what I believe King David meant in Psalm 23 when he said, “My cup runs over.”

When we hunger for intimacy with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we will not only be filled, but we will be full to overflowing. How easy I have found myself becoming distracted and drawn away after various lusts that lead me into a dip pit of despair, confusion, and complete emptiness. My Lord, Master, and Savior is saying gently to me “Come and eat of the Bread” and be satisfied to overflowing. Therefore, I cry out to You Dear Lord Jesus as the Psalmist.

Psalm 141:3-4 Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips. Incline my heart not to submit {or} consent to any evil thing or to be occupied in deeds of wickedness with men who work iniquity; and let me not eat of their dainties. (Quick Amplified Bible)

Psalm 142:1-2 I CRY to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord do I make supplication. I pour out my complaint before Him; I tell before Him my trouble. (Quick Amplified Bible)

Psalm 143:1-2,8,10,12 HEAR MY prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, and in Your righteousness. And enter not into judgment with Your servant, for in Your sight no man living is [in himself] righteous {or} justified. Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean {and} in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a level country {and} into the land of uprightness. And in your mercy {and} loving-kindness, cut off my enemies and destroy all those who afflict my inner self, for I am Your servant. (Quick Amplified Bible)

"Lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus."-- Heb_12:1-2.

LEAVE BEHIND your past sins. They have been many and great, more than you can count. But if you have confessed and forsaken them, they have been put away, "as far as the east is from the west.'" Nothing could be more explicit than 1Jo_1:9. It is useless to brood over the past. God has buried it in the grave of Christ. Go and sin no more!
Leave behind your bad habits that encumber you (R.V. marg.). You know what they are, and how they cling--ill-temper, jealousy, pride, evil-speaking, and many another! You have fallen again and again, overtaken by them, tripped up, your robes stained and torn. There should be some finality in your life, a mark on the grass from which you start to run the race. The command to put off the old man is in the definite tense (Col_3:8-9). It be-speaks one sudden strong act of the will, God-nerved and God-empowered. This, then, is the hour when you must strike for liberty "Ye have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God."
Leave behind your accomplished ideals. They were once far in front and above you. As you climbed they seemed almost inaccessible, and mocking voices rang out their defiance of your attempt. But by the grace of God things that once you dreamt of are now realised, and you are sitting on the peak that once seemed to laugh you to scorn. But you must leave it behind! Look up! look forward! Are there not fresh ideals calling to you? Leave behind your attainments and strike your tents. One battle is fought, but a yet stronger foe bars the way immediately in front. It is suicidal to rest on your oars; to do so will expose you to the inevitable backward drift.
The best way to leave behind is to press forward. The Spirit of God bids us "run with patience the race set before us, looking unto Jesus." He is our Forerunner, always before us, always leading us on. His crest, like the plume of Henry of Navarre, is always in the very thick of the fight. Let the soul follow hard after Him, and it will become almost oblivious to what it leaves behind. The boy who is running for the goal, in his eagerness to win the prize, strips himself of one and another article of clothing. He will not count their worth, so long as he may win the prize. So run that ye may attain! Apprehend that for which you were apprehended! Lay hold on the outstretched crown of life!

Most gracious God, quicken me by Thy Holy Spirit, that I may run in the way Thou hast marked out for me. May I ever be kept looking off unto Jesus. AMEN.

by F.B. Meyer (1847-1929)

Sincerely in Christ,

Clifford D. Tate, Sr. (Author, Silent Assassins of the Soul, not yet published; coming soon as the Lord wills)

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