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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT TUESDAY - DIVINE PROVISION.

Missionary statesman Hudson Taylor had complete trust in God's faithfulness. In his journal he wrote: Our heavenly Father is a very experienced One. He knows very well that His children wake up with a good appetite every morning... He sustained 3 million Israelites in the wilderness for 40 years. We do not expect He will send 3 million missionaries to China; but if He did, He would have ample means to sustain them all... Depend on it, God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply. - Our Daily Bread.

Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. - John 6:35.

We all crave food at regular intervals during the day, and food occupies our thoughts and fills up our activities. But deep in our soul is a hunger, a soul hunger that cannot be filled by food, drink, or chemicals. This hunger was the desire built into us by our Creator, placed there when He knitted us together in our Mother's womb. This hunger and thirst can only be satiated by Jesus.

There are three huge gates that lead into the Cathedral of Milan. Over one gate there is an inscription in marble under a beautiful flower bouquet that says, "The things that please are temporary." Over the second gate, there is a cross with this inscription: "The things that disturb us are temporary." However, over the central gate, there is a big inscription saying, "Eternal are the important ones." - Source Unknown.

Thirsting after our Lord means enjoying the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit, which progress from Jesus Christ our ever flowing fountain, who dwells in every believing heart. There is no eternal life without the Spirit; no Spirit without Christ; and no Christ to give the Spirit, without dwelling in our hearts.

Will never thirst - Will never (provided he continue to drink thereof) be miserable, dissatisfied, without refreshment. If ever that thirst returns, it will be the fault of the man, not the water. But the water that I shall give him - The spirit of faith working by love, shall become in him - An inward living principle, a fountain - Not barely a well, which is soon exhausted, springing up into everlasting life - Which is a confluence, or rather an ocean of streams arising from this fountain. – John Wesley.

Jesus is the food that gives us life, and preserves us from death. In Him we will thirst no more, we will be rivers of living water. Hallelujah! Praise His wonderful name!

Loving Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, fill me with Jesus. Give me today, my Daily Bread, that I may find life in all its completeness. Precious Lord Jesus my Saviour, fill me and touch me with your presence, so that I can serve you by blessing those around me with your grace. I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Be encouraged!
GBYAY
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