The Bread of Life: “Into the Word” Week 22

I love bread.  Don’t you?  Warm right out of the oven.  Mmm.  It’s a guilty pleasure whenever we dine out at restaurants.  Bread with rich butter spread on it makes my heart happy.

This week, as I was digging “Into the Word,” I came across the passage in John 6 where Christ says that He is the Bread of Life:

Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life.

The person who aligns with me

hungers no more

and thirsts no more, ever” (v.35, MSG).

The word “align” in this translation struck me.  This isn’t Jesus inviting you to a “have it your way” fast-food meal.  No, this is the Savior of the Universe saying, if you yield to me, then you will be at peace with me forever.  I pray that this week, God helps me to make a wiser choice — to not settle for the “quick fix,” but to really invest in Him and the food the truly satisfies.

Q4U:  Do you find yourself sampling other fare, rather that the rich food He provides?

Every Monday we will be working our way through Anne Graham Lotz’s 52-week study “Into the Word.”    Hop on over to the 3dLessons4Life Blog Facebook Page to join us as we dig into God’s Word together.

Linking up with a like-minded sisters at On Your Heart Tuesdays, Soli Deo Gloria @ Finding Heaven, Playdates with God and “Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday!” 

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Verse 9: Hiding 20 in 2012 Scripture Memory Challenge

I recently had surgery and am still on the recovery road.   Once I get the “all clear” from the doctors, one of my post-surgery goals is to get into a regular routine of exercise.   My husband bought a big piece of equipment at a reasonably discounted price online, and the monstrous piece is now sitting in our family room.

In his book Scripture by Heart: Devotional Practices for Memorizing God’s Word, Joshua Choonmin Kang explains how daily Scripture memorization helps work out our spiritual muscles:

Learning Scripture by heart…is a form of spiritual exercise

and intellectual discipline that encourages us to make the right choice (p.48).

How about you?  Are you spiritually exercising by memorizing God’s Word? Let’s hold each other accountable by Hiding 20 in 2012.  In the comment section below, write out the verse you will be working on for the next two weeks. Make sure to include your first name, your home state, the verse’s address/location, and the Bible translation:

Lyli from Florida:

“Therefore I tell you,

do not worry

about your life,

what you will eat or drink;

or about your body,

what you will wear.

Is not life more than food,

and the body more than clothes?

Matthew 6:25 (NIV)

Here’s a little play on words for all you Pinterest Fans. Rather than ‘Pin it,” let’s purpose to “Hide it.” I will end each post with a “Hide it” Suggested Verse.

“Hide it”:

“The king is enthralled by your beauty;

    honor Him, for He is your Lord.”

Psalms 45:11 (NIV 84′)

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