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Matt. 6:11 Give us today our daily bread.

One simple sentence.  A few short words; but oh, how powerful this appeal.  Christ instructed us to appeal to the Lord God for what we need for this day.  Not for yesterday, which has passed, never to return.  Not for tomorrow, which is not guaranteed.  Our appeal is for this day.
Psa. 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day that is full of hope, full of promise.  It is full of unknowns; it is full of challenges.  We do not know what this day holds in store for us. We know only that by the grace of God, he has allowed us to experience the light of this day.  And just as God provided manna for the children of Israel for that day and that day alone, he will provide for his servants what they need for this day.  What do you need for this day?  What nourishment must you have for this day in order to accomplish God’s will?  Let us not be presumptuous, assuming what will happen tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year.  Let us not look back with either longing or regret at the days of old.  Let us focus on this day, and let us remember that our source of provision is not our job, it is not our bank account, but rather it is our confidence in the Provider who, just as he cared for the children of Israel while they were in the wilderness, will care for us this day as well.  “For I am the LORD; I change not.” (Mal. 3:6)  The LORD provides for all who obey him.

ManSweatingWhileLiftingTinyBucket2 Cor. 12:But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

The great irony of being a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ is that He desires that we become weak in the flesh in order that He may be strong through us.  In the world, we want to become better at our craft, constantly improving upon what it is that we do.  In the kingdom, however, Christ is already perfect.  What He desires to do is to show His perfection through imperfect people.  Yet, He cannot reveal Himself through us if we are busy trying to improve upon our imperfection.  What we must do is bring our imperfection to an end, and yield our lives to Him in order that He may perform His perfect work through us.  One of the ways that we become weak is through fasting.  When we fast, we deny ourselves earthly, natural food in order that we may receive bread from heaven.  Fasting turns our faces toward Him in order that we may hearken to His voice.  Fasting sends a message to the Lord that we have no where else to turn except to Him.  Fasting says to the Lord that we have voluntarily chosen to reject all of our own options to satisfy self, and we are turning our very lives over to Him for His use.  Yet, in this natural weakness, our faith is strengthened.  We listen to the Lord and obey Him because there is no other choice.  It is through this voluntary servitude that God is glorified.  It is in the midst of our weakness that the Lord Jesus can perform His perfect work.

Wine jug with bread and fishToday, we continue to examine how the Lord Jesus explained the kingdom of God through the miracles He performed by looking at His feeding of the multitude.
John After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.”13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”
This miracle was a type and shadow of how the kingdom of God will be spread.  Just as a mustard seed goes into the ground as one of the smallest seeds, but blossoms into a large plant, so the kingdom of God starts small, just as the church began to grow with the Lord Jesus and twelve disciples.  No one could comprehend how so many could be fed from so little.  So it is with the kingdom of God.  How could such a great kingdom grow from one man and twelve disciples?  This is the marvel and wonder of the gospel of the kingdom.