BREAD OF STRENGTH

By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

I once spent a week weeping before the Lord, crying out to him for a message of
comfort and hope for all the hurting believers who write to our ministry. While
working in New York City with addicts, alcoholics and the homeless, I have
prayed, “Lord, everywhere I look I see pain, distress, grief and trouble.
What message can I possibly give to those in such dire need? What is your word
to them? Surely you care for these precious people. Surely you long to bring
them a word that can set them free.”

The Lord gave me assurance that he has provided a way to strengthen every child
of his to resist the enemy. This strength comes only from eating the Bread sent
down from heaven. Our spiritual health depends on getting this Bread into us.

Listen carefully to the words of Jesus: “As the living Father hath sent me,
and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me”
(John 6:57). Jesus was in such close communion with the Father, and was so
committed to doing only his will, that the Father’s words became his very
food and drink. Jesus was sustained daily by hearing and seeing what the Father
wanted, which was the result of spending much time alone with him.

Christ told his disciples, “I have meat to eat that you know not of…. My
meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (John
4:32 and 34). He also instructed them, “Labor not for the meat which
perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the
Son of man shall give unto you” (John 6:27). We dare not miss this secret of
strength; even as Christ lived by the Father, we must also receive our life by
feeding on Christ.

When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, the manna that sustained
them was dispensed daily. Through this example God is telling us that what we
ate of Christ yesterday will not supply our need for today. We must admit we
will starve spiritually and become weak and helpless without a daily supply of
fresh heavenly Bread. We must come to the Lord’s Table often.

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