Beautiful Carbs

Bread of Life

John 6:31-35New Living Translation (NLT)

31 After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[a]

32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.”

35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

For me, there is nothing more wonderful than fresh, warm bread and a tub of margarine. I stopped using my bread maker because well… you can guess why!

So thinking of Jesus as the “bread of life” brings some special feelings to me. Bread sustains us, it’s my favorite carb. And carbohydrates are essential for us. One thing they provide energy.  

Jesus… Bread of Life… He fulfills me and provides me with energy. (Okay, maybe a little proof-texting there… )

The A to Z

Almighty

Revelation 1:8Names of God Bible (NOG)

“I am the A and the Z,”[a] says the Lord God, the one who is, the one who was, and the one who is coming, the Almighty.

Alpha & Omega

Revelation 22:13New International Version (NIV)

13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

Author

Hebrews 12:2New King James Version (NKJV)

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For December Sweet Blessings Scripture Writing plan is the Names of God. This is from December 1st. (Yes, I’m a little behind!)

 

Abba

Romans 8:15-17Names of God Bible (NOG)

15 You haven’t received the spirit of slaves that leads you into fear again. Instead, you have received the spirit of God’s adopted children by which we call out, “Abba![a] Father!” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 If we are his children, we are also God’s heirs. If we share in Christ’s suffering in order to share his glory, we are heirs together with him.

Adonai

2 Samuel 7:18-20Names of God Bible (NOG)

18 King David went into the tent and sat in front of Yahweh. “Who am I, Adonay Yahweh,” he asked, “and why is my house so important that you have brought me this far? 19 And even this you consider to be a small act, Adonay Yahweh. You’ve also spoken about the distant future of my house. Adonay Yahweh, this is the teaching about the man.

20 “What more can I, David, say to you, Adonay Yahweh, since you know me so well!

I realize for many “father” is not a positive idea. Thankfully, my dad was a wonderful loving man. He was a good man and I know without a doubt he loved me.

Adonai or Adonay as it is listed in the “Names of God Bible.”  The NLT translates the word “Sovereign” while The Voice uses the word “Eternal.”  I think both of those words remind us that God is Eternal and Sovereign over all.

His Love Endures Forever

Psalm 118:14-18 (NIV)

14 The Lord is my strength and my defense[a];
    he has become my salvation.

15 Shouts of joy and victory
    resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
16     The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
    the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
17 I will not die but live,
    and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
18 The Lord has chastened me severely,
    but he has not given me over to death.

This Psalm opens with the words:

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

Then the Psalmist calls for Israel, the house of Aaron and all those who fear the Lord to say:

“His love endures forever.”

Then he recounts all the reasons as a reminder of why we should remember that God’s love endures forever.

Finally, in verse 29 he declares one more time:
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is Good! His Love Endures FOREVER!

 

Whom have I?

Psalm 73:25-28 (NIV)

25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;
    you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
    I will tell of all your deeds.

 

Whom can I rely?

Psalm 59:16-17  (NIV)

16 But I will sing of your strength,
    in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress,
    my refuge in times of trouble.

17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you;
    you, God, are my fortress,
    my God on whom I can rely.

Written during a time when Saul was sending men to watch David’s home in hopes to have him killed. David knew real danger. He knew what it meant to have his life threatened.

His response?

Sing! Sing of God’s strength. Sing of God’s love.  Sing praises to his God.

When we sing about who God is, we remind ourselves just how great and powerful our God is.

He is  God we can rely on.

The Rock

Psalm 18:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Enough said!

Do Not Fear

Isaiah 43:1-5 (NIV)

Israel’s Only Savior

43 But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
    Cush[a] and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
    and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
    nations in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
    I will bring your children from the east
    and gather you from the west.

This passage is both encouraging and disturbing. Many times I’ve heard verse 2. God will be with me no matter the trial. That’s good. Verse 3 and especially verse 4 are the disturbing one for me.  “I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.”  I don’t know the complete context of this section of Isaiah. Nonetheless, I’m scratching my head asking what does this really mean and how does it apply to me?!?!?!

Any rate verse 5 brings it home God is with me there is no need to be afraid.

 

The scriptures this month are based on Sweet Blessing’s November Theme Writing plan.

Soar on Wings Like Eagles

Isaiah 33:2 (NIV)

Lord, be gracious to us;
    we long for you.
Be our strength every morning,
    our salvation in time of distress.

Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)

28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

The past several days I’ve been struggling with fatigue, bone-crushing fatigue. So this passage is so timely. I especially like verse 2, “Be our strength in the morning…”

So I continue to hope in the Lord and trust that He will renew my strength. Below is my favorite song from Isaiah 40. (though they sing it a little slower than we usually do.)

 

Who is the fight with?

Ephesians 6:10- KJV

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

I learned this passage in the King James Version and that version still speaks the loudest to me when I think about this passage. Paul reminds us that we have everything we need and he puts into a great analogy. I tend to think of it this way:

I put on the breastplate of righteousness, the breastplate protects my heart. I don’t think I have to say that when are not living as God has called us to live our heart is damaged.

Then I put on the belt of truth, not only that I speak the truth but I hear and discern the truth.

Now it’s time to put on my shoes. Shoes that allow me to walk in peace.

To protect my head I put on the helmet of salvation. What we think can be as critical as what we do.

I pick up my shield of faith that is able to stop the fiery arrows that shot my way. It is important for me to care for my shield so that it is ready to stop the attacks of the enemy.

Finally, I pick up my only weapon, the sword of the Spirit, God’s Word. It can be both a defensive tool and when necessary an offensive tool.

Fully dressed I’m ready to face the day.