Thursday, October 22, 2020

“THE I AM”

Today’s Reading: John 6

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These are windows in the Church of the Loaves & Fishes (also known as the Church of the Multiplication), located in Tabgha on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. This is the traditional site of Jesus’ miracle of multiplying the five loaves and two fish (John 6).

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: John 6:20

But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”

 

The Bible has much to say about “fear.” The most familiar words are from Psalm 23. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 27 starts with these words, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?” The translator put a capital on the pronoun, “Whom.” He believed, I’m sure, that when we fear God (awe, respect and worship), we need not fear anyone or anything else. Jesus made it very clear that He is the same One who spoke from the burning bush, giving His Name as, “I Am” (Exodus 3:1-6). Over and over Jesus refers to Himself as “I Am.” In today’s reading, He says, “I am the bread” twice. He illustrated this by providing bread for the multitudes. We could read again now verses 48 to 58 in our Bibles. There is spiritual communion where spiritually, and not just physically, we make Christ Jesus the integral essence of our innermost being. We eat of Him. He is our very life. We also need to gather with other believers to participate in the Communion service. Paul teaches about the right way to eat and drink of Christ (read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Dear Lord Jesus, when I partake of the Communion emblems, the bread and the fruit of the vine, I am reminded of Your words here in John 6. I am most conscious of Your Presence with me. On the cross, You sacrificed Your body and shed Your blood for me, so that I would have everlasting life by partaking of You by faith. I pray for a fresh daily experience of Your life, death, and resurrection. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

John 6:37 is the Word I believed for my salvation as a 16 year old. Yes, I had prayed many times at my mother’s knee when she would encourage me to do so, and I had gone forward to the altar to pray for salvation. I had gone through the procedures that the church recommends, but I did not have the assurance of eternal life in Jesus until one night in the Glebe Collegiate auditorium in Ottawa, when I went forward at the invitation of an Evangelist from New York City by the name of Jack Wyrtzen. He had a radio program that I listened to, and I liked his preaching. However, it was not his preaching that night that brought assurance to my heart; it was the words of an elderly man, whose name I don’t know, who met me at the front, held his Bible open at John 6, and asked me to read verse 37 several times. I did so. Then he said, “You’ve come to Jesus, right?” I answered, “Yes.” He then looked intently at me and said, “Then, what does Jesus do?” Suddenly, for the first time in my life, I truly believed, “He does not cast me out.” I believed with all my heart at that moment that Jesus received me and that I was saved. The next day I quoted that verse over and over, and I have not doubted my salvation since. I know that when I believe and confess the Word of God, the power of God is activated in my life. This is why I’m committed to this daily blog.

Yours for the assurance that comes from believing the “Word,”

David

18 thoughts on “Thursday, October 22, 2020

  1. Good morning, fellow saints in the Lord. Did the reading very early this morning and am grateful to get back to make a post. Thank You Lord, for Your constant love and protection over us. Please keep me in your prayers today, as I move. Though I love the rain, it is not ideal for the move. Please pray it stops and the ground dries up. Wishing you all a blessed day in the Lord. Amen.

    “Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day.” 1 Kings 8:61 ESV

    Watch Over Me – Aaron Shust (Lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QPzK4m4kDQ

    • I just said a prayer for you, Beverlee. May you feel the Lords presence today as you move and may it go smoothly. God bless you today.

    • Beverley: I am praying that the Lord will be with you as you travel and that you arrive at your destination without any problems. That song , ‘God will take care of you has come to mind.’
      Through everyday ore all the way. He will take care off you.
      Bless you, I will be thinking of you as you travel. Eleanor M.🙏❤️

    • Praying that all will go well for your move. A very worthy rendition
      of “Watch Over Me”. ….. really beautiful…..thank you.

    • LORD JESUS, I pray for your angels charge over Beverlee to keep her safe and her mind and heart at rest in You. I pray Lord that you go before her to prepare the way, and set all in order.
      Your Word tells us ” be anxious in nothing, but in all thing by prayer and supplication giving thanks unto the Lord”. Lord, thank You that you are with Beverlee at this moment holding her in the palm of your hand saying “Be still my beloved I AM with you always, at all times and in all your ways”.

      Thank You Jesus, Amen!

  2. All that the Father gives to me….. This part of Jesus speech is so clear. The Father both “draws” and “gives” to His Son. A statement not often emphasized enough. So very, very, thankful for this assurance. Amen

  3. Thank you to all the Mainse family for providing us with this daily Bread – the very Word and Life of Christ. May God bless each and all of you, in Jesus’s name, amen

  4. I prayed David’s Prayer.

    What an assurance David received when he said
    “He does not cast me out”.

    Thank you Ron, Ann and Reynold for this daily bread!!

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