Fresh Manna

13 Jun

breadI went to the Word this morning seeking fresh manna! I felt like I needed new strength and a fresh truth to meditate on. I needed a fresh touch from His Hand and fresh stirring of my heart! And of course because I asked, He answered! He spoke strongly from the book of Jeremiah, reminding me of the need to be sober and vigilant in my spiritual life.

The devil’s attempt at side tracking the Christian is not something that happens all at once. The distraction and the effects of it are gradual. We would take notice quickly if he was to come in a highly visable way so he comes in little by little so as to slowly rob us of spiritual productivity. I believe that these two verses in chapter 20 show us a progression of spiritual ruin that is all too possible to occur if we’re not careful!

“Moreover I will deliver all the strength of this city,

and all the labours thereof,

and all the precious things thereof,

and all the treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into the hand of their enemies,

which shall spoil them, and take them, and carry them to Babylon.

 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thine house shall go into captivity:

and thou shalt come to Babylon, and there thou shalt die,

and shalt be buried there, thou, and all thy friends, to whom thou hast prophesied lies.”

Jeremiah 20:5-6 

The first thing the devil will attempt to steal is our “strength.” He will weaken us by any means possible. He will take the time once spent with God and replace it with other things. As a result, we lose the strength that was once a great asset to our being effective for the King.

Secondly, he will take our desire to “labor” or work for the Gospel’s sake. After all, the strength we needed to do the work has already been taken. Often he’ll get us looking at a work done that seems to have few results or overwhelm us by reminding us of the exhaustive work that stands in need of being done, in order to make us feel like it’s useless to even try. He’ll steal our “labors” if we allow him to do so.

Thirdly, he will take “all the precious things” that God has so graciously given us. He’ll rob us of our joy in the journey. He’ll stay the love we have for God keeping it from growing on a daily basis. He’ll take “ALL” of it! If it means anything to you or to the ministry into which you are called, he wants it. He won’t take our salvation (John 10:28-29),  but he can take the preciousness of a daily and abundant relationship with our Savior, forcing us to settle for less than God’s best.

Now that he’s got what’s precious, he’s ready to take the “treasures.” He wants to hinder our testimonies so that we are of less use for his enemy, our Lord. He’ll take what we treasure, so that we’ll start looking at the circumstance instead of at Christ thus keeping us from being where we need to be spiritually.

As if he hasn’t already gotten enough, he would now love to take us “into captivity.” Filling our minds with regrets about the past and fear about the future paralyzing us from accomplishing anything in the present! Chained by burdens, we have lost nearly all potential to be effective. As the saying goes, “Sin will take you farther than you ever wanted to go and cost you more than you ever wanted to pay.” We don’t realize back when he’s gradually stealing our strength that “captivity” is to come if we don’t nip it in the bud right then and there.

Ultimately, it’s there that we will “die,”spiritually speaking. Having lost any and all ability to bring God glory in our current state aside from seeking Him for a fresh start, we find ourselves “dead” to all that once brought such life to our lives. It’s a point that no one ever expects to find themselves facing, but unfortunately it’s a common place for the once serving Christian to find themselves. Oh be careful, child of God, the devil wants to hinder you! He wants to take everything that’s good, and he will if we’re not watching. Again this isn’t spiritual death in the losing of salvation, but in the losing of the effect our salvation will have on others and on the furtherance of the Gospel through us.  

Peter wasn’t joking when he admonished us with the following verse,”Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8) The devil’s out to “devour” us so we must be on guard!

But praise the Lord that He’s given us EVERYTHING we need to fight against the enemy, standing firm, fighting strong! He has not yet nor will He ever leave us to fight alone. He’s ever faithful to “fight for us” (Ex. 14:14) while giving us fresh nourishment upon which to feed! I praise Him for fresh manna this morning (well, technically yesterday morning since it’s past midnight now!) that kept me satisfied throughout the day!

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