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The Bible tells us that the Israelites had been in captivity for over 400 years, groaning under the oppression of slavery in Egypt. Moses led his fellow Israelites out of slavery and through forty years of wandering in the desert. As the story unfolds throughout Exodus 16:11-15, we witness weary and hungry Israelites who continually grumbled and complained against God because there was neither bread nor water.
In response to their cry, God rained down bread from heaven, which the Israelites named manna. Manna was the bread of angels that came from Heaven in white sweet bites. It was just a small round substance, but still it filled every belly, no matter what portion size was collected. God supplied fresh manna and the Israelites had only to gather it daily to have all their nutritional needs satisfied.
Do you know that heavenly manna also represents the Word of God?
In the New Testament, we see that Jesus was sent from Heaven so we may receive strength by abiding in Him. In John 6:32-35 Jesus says: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
Principle 1: “Fresh Bread Everyday” Encounter the Word of God on a daily basis.
Do you see the analogy between the manna and Jesus who is the Word of God, as the bread of life? Manna was a gift from Heaven, a daily provision for the Israelites. It had to be eaten every day. Jesus is our gift from God freely given to those who believe. He is our daily bread.
Every morning, open your Bible, read the Word of God and gather your spiritual provision in your scripture.
Some people read the Bible for religious purpose so that they do not feel guilty.
Some people read the Bible as a story book. The Bible is not a mere book. The Bible is a Person. Every time you open the Bible, go with reverence and hunger, and look for fresh revelation. This will lead you to a new encounter with God.
Principle 2: “God Supplies Bread that Satisfies” No matter how little or much we gather, we always get what our spirits need.
Whether the people collected a lot or a little manna, for everyone, the manna still measured to an omer. What they collected was just what they needed. Everyone was equally blessed.
In the same way, all kinds of people come to Jesus. He encourages and blesses everyone equally according to our spiritual needs. He gives to each of us blessings we need for the day and season we are in.
Consider the mercy that Father God does not pour ALL His blessings on His people at once! Imagine the total rain waters of a cloud poured out on your house all together at once. It would break your house! If all the blessings come at once, you would be crushed. In mercy, the Lord God gives blessing and revelation gradually, drop by drop, that you are strengthen and revived according to the measure that you can receive.
Principle 3: “Thanksgiving Always Increases the Blessing” When you celebrate the little, the greater will come.
It is the will of God for us to have daily victory. The only way that we can have daily victory is through our heavenly manna which is the Word of God.
Revelation from the Word is heavenly manna that you feed on daily. It might look little and insignificant, but it has enough consistency to give you that little push and strength you need to defeat every issue that comes against you and your children.
There is no problem designed by hell that will last to eternity. Everything on earth has an expiry date. Every demon, sickness, trouble, or problem that is fighting you and your family has an expiry date on its forehead.
Principle 4: “Be Satisfied in Season” Do not crave for more than what God is doing in your season.
[Numbers 11:4-9] Manna contained everything people’s bodies needed. Yet there was a rebellious group in Israel that stirred revolt, people with cravings for more than what God was doing who polluted the rest of the community with their disappointment and dissatisfaction.
Since manna didn’t look like what they had experienced, they craved the experience which they were familiar with. The people complained and fought against Moses and God almost every step of their journey, craving the old and rejecting the new tastes of this season in God.
The same God who brought you out of Egypt has not forgotten to take care of your shoes, your clothes, your emotional needs! Jesus who died for you on the cross, who shed His own blood for you, who ransomed you and took you from the clutches of the enemy, this same Jesus will not forget about your smallest needs!
Trust in God. Cast your cares on Jesus for He cares for you!
May this be your prayer today:
Lord God, take away the Spirit of complaining out of my heart. Be intentional about replacing any complaining with rest, prayer and faith. May I trust in You, Lord. Only then, will the peace of God reign in my heart, because You are faithful!
Principle 5: “Problems and Blessings are both Tests”
God is faithful, but He also demands faithfulness of His people. Putting faith to the test is the best way to determine if it is true or false.
“Then the Lord said to Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from the heavens for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in My law or not.” [Exodus 16:4]
Follow these five tests to attest your faithfulness to the Lord:
Some people broke God’s direction and still went looking for the manna on Sabbath, but they found none. There is a blessing that comes with aligning yourself with what God is doing.
Will your new business, family or job take the place of God in your life? Refuse to allow your blessing take the place of God in your heart. Don’t worship your blessing.
Israelites had manna but then they wanted more and more – meat, melon, cucumbers, anything other than manna! Are you thankful for what you already have?
Every blessing that God gives you is not for you; it is for a generation to be blessed by you. Are you willing to serve others when God blesses you?
No blessing should take you away from Jesus. Can you continue being faithful after you get the blessing?
We are all going to stand before God who has rained down heavenly manna and blessings upon us daily, and He’s going to evaluate our faithfulness. I pray that we will make Him smile.
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So here is the question to ponder: Will you pass the test?
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