Recipe for the Bread of Abundant Life
(or how to be instructed and illuminated by God’s Word)
Here’s a “recipe” you may enjoy. Whether you are a new Christian just starting out on your adventure with Christ, or whether you are a seasoned believer, we can all use a new “recipe” to make our walk with the Lord fresh, exciting, and flavorful.
Step 1: Preheat the Oven:
- Without the oven turned on, nothing’s going to cook.
- Salvation – When you place your full trust in God’s Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit comes and dwells in you and seals you for your Heavenly Father (Ephesians 1:13), without Him you cannot understand and apply God’s Word (John 14:26).
Step 2: Gather Tools:
- You will need a recipe or cookbook. Besides this you will need some other tools – maybe a mixer, bowls, spoons, measuring utensils, sifter, and pans to work effectively.
- Bible – Besides your Bible, it is a good idea to have some other tools on hand when you read God’s Word – A pen and a journal to write in and make notes about what the Lord teaches you as you read, and also to record prayer requests and answers to prayer. A concordance, and even some commentaries may help your time with the Lord be more effective.
Step 3: Gather ingredients:
- A raising agent, it doesn’t take much – too much will ruin the loaf!
- P-raise the Lord before, during and after reading His Word (Psalm 150).
- Also, leaven is symbolic of sin, so confess sin as the Lord reveals it so that there is nothing between your soul and the Savior (1 John 1:9; Psalm 66:18), it will ruin your life!
- Moistens, brings life, and satisfies our thirst.
- Jesus – without Him, there is no abundant life (John 10:10). He is the Living Water, and he satisfies the thirst of our souls (John 4:10,14).
- Helps the bread reach it’s fullest flavor & texture
- The Holy Spirit – We need Him to show us the fullness of what God wants us to see in His Word, and acquire wisdom through it. (Matthew 25:1-13, 1 Corinthians 2:9,10)
- Comes from a kernel of grain that has been opened, by a grinding process that lets the goodness out of it so it can be used to make bread and other baked goods with.
- Illumination – When we open God’s Word and “grind” through the reading process, with the Holy Spirit’s aid, we can get the goodness out of it so we know God better and grow more like the image of His Son (John 5:39, Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 3:18).
- Sweetness, helps the yeast to work.
- LOVE – for God and others, which helps all that we learn to be applied properly. (Ephesians 4:15; 1 Corinthians 13)
- Preservative, and flavour.
- Sharing – what we have learned with others so that the GOSPEL of God’s love can be spread (Matthew 5:13).
Step 4: Mix/Knead:
- Mix all the ingredients together, then knead – pulling and pushing, working and acting to combine it all together.
- Study and read God’s Word, then obey what He tells you to do! Act on what you learn! It makes you wise, so everything comes together and makes sense (Revelations 1:3; Acts 17:11)
Step 5: Bake:
- Process that cooks the bread, it is it takes time and patience, you have to wait until the time is up, turn on the oven light if you want, so you can see the progress.
- MEDITATE on what you have read (Philippians 4:8,9), it takes time and patience. Wait on the Lord for illumination (Joshua 1:8) – He will turn the light on!
Step 6: EAT!
- Partake. You can’t eat just one slice of fresh, baked bread. If it is made well, it leaves you hungry for more.
- Once you start reading God’s Word, partaking, meditating, obeying, digesting and being illuminated, you will be hungry for more! “O, Taste and see (for yourself) that the LORD is good.” (Psalm 34:8)
~I hope you enjoyed this analogy of baking bread and feasting on God’s Word. The Lord Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28 & 29 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” I don’t know about you, but rest in my soul sounds good to me!
~ Graced and Grateful Grammy
“If you haven’t got the Bread of Life, you’re TOAST!”