"For my flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me and I in him." John 6:5-6
This devotional is not for the faint hearted but for those who truly desire to become bond slaves of Christ as the disciples were. When we read John 15 Jesus taught us we must abide in Him as a branch does the vine in order to produce fruit of the Spirit, but also to acquire unity. Unity for the body of Christ was the cry of His heart to His Father in John 17. Until we are one with Him we cannot achieve true unity. John 17:23 states:
"I in them and You in Me that they may be perfected in unity."
This formula works in marriage and all relationships. In verse 16 He tells us:
"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The Words I have spoken to you are Spirit and Life."
The message has everything to do with the Spirit and exposes the flesh. In order to abide in Christ we must eat His flesh, the Bread of Life which is the Word of God. From His perfect, sinless blood we were given eternal life being transformed into the kingdom of Light out of darkness. In order to remain in Christ and stay aware of Christ living in us through the Holy Spirit we must feast upon His Words, and drink deeply of the cleansing blood and Living Water.
So I ask you in comparison to feeding your flesh and feeding your spirit which takes precedence in your life on a daily basis? Are we so concerned about our flesh being satisfied, which is an enemy of our spirit, that we neglect the spiritual? I think so. To correct this great error we must become aware of it, and how it will define every decision we make.
May we all purpose in our hearts to obey Jesus’ instruction that we might remain in Him in order to defeat our flesh which is always hostile to the things of the Spirit. Galatians 5:17 states:
"For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for they are in opposition to one another so that you may not do the things that you please."
May we choose to please God over our own pleasures throughout our daily lives, therefore reaping the abundant life He came to give us.
In His love.
Enjoying a winter day from around home!