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Sun am 8th June 2014 – Johan Cronje
Luke 3:11; Rom. 1:11; 1 Cor. 6:13; (Rom. 14:17); (John 4:7-32);
1 Cor. 10:3-6; (Heb. 12:16); Gal. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:22-23;
We have to concentrate on the proceeding Word. Let the proceeding word become our food. Let there always be spiritual food on the table, that which has nothing to do with finances or the economy. You have spiritual food. Impartation of the Word of God into the lives of people must change men and women. The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise (Luke 3:11). For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established (Rom. 1:11). He was saying, “That I may give you one of my tunics”. That is only part of impartation. If you do not use the tunic, then impartation was in vain. We have the best teachings and there is impartation, but sometimes we do not put on the tunic that has been imparted, we hang it up. Use it, so that the impartation can bring us into maturity.
Food is for the stomach and the Lord is for the body (1 Cor. 6:13). The word has sustained you in many ways. There was a story on National Geographic of a man who does not eat, yet lives. How is it possible? He feasts on the word of God. He honestly believes that the word of God will keep him healthy, and will keep him spiritually. The kingdom of God is not about eating and drinking; it is not about how much you eat or how much you do not eat (Rom. 14:17). What I am asking is do we live in the unseen world where the word of God has become everything to us?
Something happened in the Samaritan woman’s life when Jesus spoke to her at the well. She left her water-pot and went into the city. She no longer needed water anymore; she recognized the Christ in Jesus (John 4:7-29). The disciples saw that Jesus was without energy and they were concerned and went to buy some food. Jesus came with astonishing words, “You do not know about the food that I have” (John 4:32). The woman at the well wanted to know where Jesus worshipped. He said He worshipped in the unseen, you worship your Father in spirit and truth, that which you cannot feel, that which you cannot make an image of. Why did God not reveal Himself to Moses face to face? It says in the word that if He had revealed Himself, man would have made an image of Him and then worshipped the image. There are fresh fruits from heaven and we desire to see them so that we can tell people, and then we start worshipping what we can see.
And all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ (1 Cor. 10:3-4). For 42 days they did not eat solid food; they ate spiritual food and spiritual drink for they were drinking from the spiritual rock, and that was Christ; Christ revealed in the dessert. For 42 days they feasted on the word of God. Then one day they murmured, craved and lusted. When you lust after something, be careful that it does not control you. God supplied manna. Was that His ultimate food? No. When they saw the manna, they worshipped it. As long as it is in the unseen and we see the Christ in the unseen, and we see the provision in the unseen, that is what we desire. You can eat and you will not hunger again. You can drink and you will not thirst again.
Many are blatant that if they cannot see it they do not want it. Then you will not have it unless you focus on the unseen. If you focus on the unseen it will be delivered in the seen realm. Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved (1 Cor. 10:6). It happened as a shadow. Take heed. The Lord’s food is invisible but it has to be made visible upon the earth.
They longed for the food of Egypt. They idolized the food. It says they sat down to eat and drink and they stood up and they played (Ex. 32:6). If you do not feed on the food and drink that is spiritual, you will end up in every evil desire. We love to dwell in an area lower than what God intended for us to have. Esau sold his birth-right for a single meal (Heb. 12:16). Lord bring us back to the place where the proceeding, the now word, the living word becomes our food again.
A tree will be known by its fruit. Fruit is not only given so I can give it out. The Holy Spirit gives me fruit so that I can also eat my own fruit. You will be amazed at how your own fruit changes you. We have all the best fruit for others, but when it comes to our own household, we are rude. Eating your own fruit is a challenge but eventually it will be the fruit of righteousness. Any tree that is in the forest is best fertilized by its own fruit that drops down to the ground. There is no fertilizer that can beat your own fruit. It has two things in it that are profitable. The seed brings forth another tree and the fruit fertilizes the soil so that it is healthiest of the trees. If you want to grow fruit of the Holy Spirit then you need to eat your own fruit. Eat so much spiritual food that the wellness of God ministers to you. There are testing areas. If we talk of the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, temperance; those are the qualities of a mature man (Gal. 5:22-23). Part of weighing me on God’s scale is to see how it is regarding the fruit that He gave me. Let us test ourselves again to see how mature we really are. How far have you come to eat your own fruit?
How do I eat my fruit? Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary (Gal. 6:9). We will have a harvest; we will have fruit if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith (Gal. 6:10). Keep on doing good; even to the household of faith so that we do not get weary. That is part of your eating your fruit, to do good to all people especially to the household of God. In due time you will reap and have fruit; you will not grow weary. You have food that you do not know of.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law (Gal. 5:22-23). There is no law against such things. Even the law you put on yourself of genetically inherited diseases. If we feast on the fruit of the Holy Spirit we can break the laws we have set for ourselves. We can eat the fruit and get stronger and stronger, feast on the proceeding word, the living word, the fresh word. Feed on that and you will see how many things will just evaporate. Let the fruit of the Holy Spirit provide everything you are in need of. In Him we live and have our being (Acts 17:28). So many of His promises are “yea and amen” but we have not seen them yet. Let us focus on the Christ and on the unseen fruit and food, so we grow into maturity, and as we grow the provision will be there.