Have you noticed that life doesn’t unfold so that we’re guaranteed to have 365 stress-free, fun-filled, non-worry days? There will definitely be some of those in the mix, but not in totality. Just as the mixing of dough took place to create the above-featured loaves of bread, my spirit has been stirred of late regarding our individual sustenance word for 2022 and the importance of relying upon the Bread of Life.
We’re only eight (8) days into our new Gregorian year, and I’ve found myself repeatedly turning the pages of my Bible to Psalm 37:3-4,
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
One thing I particularly like and appreciate about these two verses is the five, progressive steps.
#2. Do good
#3. Dwell in the land
#4. Feed on His faithfulness
#5. Delight yourself also in the Lord
A little ditty of, “These five things,” has also been running through my spirit like a racehorse. God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit are wanting me to focus upon these verses and get them deeply ingrained into my mind and heart.
Preserving, Sustaining, and Reviving.
When consulting the spiritual definition of the word sustenance, I was greatly encouraged at my find. The Hebrew word for sustenance is mihya (pronounced mikh-yaw), Strong’s H4241, which carries the following meanings:
preservation of life
the quick of the flesh, live flesh, tender or raw flesh
There’s an emphasis upon preserving, sustaining, and reviving.
Jesus Relied Upon His Sustenance Word.
Before Jesus began His earthly ministry and just after His baptism in the Jordan River, He was providentially led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
After fasting forty days and nights, the devil appeared to Jesus to command that He turn stones into bread to prove that He was the son of God.
Jesus, full of The Holy Spirit without measure, relied upon one of His sustenance words, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4; accord Deuteronomy 8:3)
Our Bread of Life, Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior.
Reading in the gospel of John, we find that the Bread of Life is one of the titles that Jesus uses to describe Himself. It is one of several “I Am” statements that He implements throughout this book of the New Testament.
“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’” (John 6:35)
While sitting on a mountain, Jesus looked below at the multitudes who had gathered to hear Him as they sat in the grassland. He took five loaves of bread and two small fish with which He fed thousands of people. There were twelve baskets of leftover food when it was all said and done.
That same night, Jesus walked on water.
With the Holy Spirit still drawing, wooing, and gathering, those same thousands of people gathered again the next day to be fed. It’s at this point that Jesus offers them salvation through Him which is nourishment for eternity.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth and the Word of God are not only our temporary sustenance but more importantly, our eternal one.
If Your Boat Begins to Rock, Jesus Will Be With You.
Years ago, some of our family members took a vacation to northwestern Wyoming. We rented a canoe to spend the day on Jackson Lake.
When we were in the middle of the lake, suddenly, a windstorm came out of nowhere, and our canoe began to rock back and forth.
Jesse Amos Obadiah, our little Jack Russell Terrier, was in the canoe with us. Jesse wasn’t calm on a good day, much less on this particular one. He began jumping all over the canoe as I desperately clamored to keep him and me inside of it!
Jackson Lake, Wyoming
The squall didn’t last too long, but I did find myself calling out to Jesus during the storm. I prayed and asked Him to command the winds and the waves to obey Him as I drew upon this Biblical account,
“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’ And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, ‘Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!’” (Mark 4:35-41)
When speaking to His disciples, Jesus challenged them regarding their faith. It’s as if time has stood still on this subject. There have been times when I’ve felt like my faith is challenged every day. In November of 2020, my weekly blog post was centered on this subject.
The Missing Piece
The Word of God Is Living And Active.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
If you have not yet received your sustenance word for 2022, pray and ask God to give you one as only He knows what lies ahead for you this year. Thankfully, He knows the end from the beginning. (Isaiah 46:10)
Our best day and our worst one.
No matter what happens on any given day, may we be reminded to go back to our sustenance word. It needs to become deeply imprinted into our spirit to preserve and revive us (two of the definitions of mihya, the Hebrew word for sustenance).
Our sustenance word works for both types of days and everything in between.
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living
Just like Jesus was able to combat the devil with one of His sustenance words, God will do the same for us if we are attacked by the enemy of our souls.
Our physical bodies need nourishment to survive. The same applies to our spirits since we are created as triune people with body, soul, and spirit. Praise God that His word has been preserved and translated down through the millennia, so we can hold a written Bible in our hands today!
Is there anyone you know who does not have a Bible of his or her own? Pray about gifting a new one to someone to provide spiritual sustenance to them.
How has Jesus been with you in the storms of your life?
If we feel ourselves starting to drift when challenges come our way, our sustenance word can help draw us back to the true magnetic north which is God and His word.
Have you ever turned to God’s word to sustain you?
As you read this encouraging word, what scriptures and thoughts are quickened unto you? Please make note of them in your spiritual diary or prophetic journal.
As the new year dawns, I would invite you to leave a comment to share about your sustenance word. This helps to encourage all of us. The rising tide benefits all ships!
May God preserve, sustain, and revive you with His word,
Fill you to overflowing with His love,
Bless you abundantly with His peace and presence,
Hold you tightly in His everlasting arms,
As you press in and trust Him with every aspect of your daily life.
Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.
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