The Importance of God’s Spring Feast Days
The Feast Days of the Passover and Unleavened Bread are coming upon us quite quickly. God admonishes us to examine ourselves so that we can partake of the unleavened Bread of Life, the bread of sincerity and truth.
At this time of year we are reminded to renew our commitment with Christ. One of the ways that we do this is by not forgetting to take in of the unleavened bread of life daily. We ask God in prayer daily, “Give us this day our daily [spiritual] bread.” God’s word is likened to the manna that God provided for the Israelites daily in the dessert for 40 years. If they would have not eaten of the bread from God, they would have starved to death in the wilderness.
Today, we are spiritual Israel in covenant with Christ and are given the unleavened manna from heaven through the taking in of God’s word daily. Jesus is called the Word (logos) in John.
In the New Treatment, Christ says that He is the bread that comes down from heaven, the Bread of Life. We need to examine ourselves before the Passover, but we cannot examine ourselves if we haven’t been reading His word [Logos]. Without it we cannot understand what it is that we must take out of our lives. We certainly don’t want to partake of the leavened bread of maliousness and wickedness that this world offers with its promise to keep us de-stressed and content. Frankly, many of us have been part of our own starvation, not taking in of His word that keeps us strong spiritually.
Let us examine ourselves. Let us partake of that word, so that we will know what to take out of our lives, so that we won’t die of spiritual starvation.
Our adversary Satan, however, will discourage us from partaking of God’s word which He provides daily for our survival in this evil and adulterous generation. I think a good way to test ourselves to find if we truly desire God’s way of life spiritually is this: Do we get more excited and thrilled about taking in a show on television or spending hours on the internet than we do when reading God’s word? If we don’t have time to relax during the day, do we run to God in study, prayer and meditation for that relaxation and de-stressing? I had to ask this question of myself and find a fall considerably short. I have a long way to go to de-leaven my own heart.
Sisters in Christ, we are in perilous times, when men will be lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. They are too busy to take in of God’s word daily. Are we? If we allow the world to keep us from God’s word, we will starve to death spiritually. The “famine of the word” can become our downfall. We will succumb to starvation spiritually from our own neglect. My sisters, I believe we must be diligent, very diligent, to put aside our physical pleasures and to make the time to read, study and meditate on God’s words daily. We are not to let the cares of this world crowd out our time with God.
Reading God’s words or listening to God’s words on CDs etc. can give us this manna daily. Without it, we will die in the desert of this world. We will starve to death slowly day by day; we will whiter away spiritually and not even realize it.
Ladies, I am very concerned about this. If we do not know what God expects of us by learning from His word, we will not survive in this evil world. We will be ensnared by its evil entertainment, evil lifestyles, hurtful unkind words, pride, vanity, etc. If we neglect His word (manna), we will not know how to protect our children’s hearts and minds as God has commanded us to do. We ourselves won’t understand how important is to respect our husbands. Without God’s spirit that we ask for daily in prayer, we will not have the power to become the virtuous women God has called us to be. This happens slowly over time as we neglect to take in of His flesh, His word, the unleavened manna of God from heaven that He has so graciously given us to keep us strong and nourished in our spiritually lives. Let’s not let the cares of this world crowd out our time with God, so that we don’t eat daily of His word. If we do, however, keep God’s word in our minds and hearts, it will help us understand and discern what is right and good and how to take sin out of our lives, as pictured by the Days of Unleavened Bread.
Satan called a worldwide convention of demons. In his opening address he said,”We can’t keep Christians from going to church.” “We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth.” “We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their Savior.” “Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.”
“So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, but steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.” “This is what I want you to do”, said the devil:
“Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!” “How shall we do this?” his demons shouted.
“Keep them busy in the nonessentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered.
“Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow.”
“Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles.”
“Keep them from spending time with their children.” “As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!”
“Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice.” “Entice them to play the radio or CD player whenever they drive.” “To keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly.” “This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.”
“Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers.” “Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day.” “Invade their driving moments with billboards.” “Flood their mail boxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter promoting free products, services and false hopes.”
“Keep skinny, beautiful models, on the magazines and TV so that they will believe that outward beauty is what’s important.” “Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night.” “Give them headaches too!” “If they don’t give their husbands the love they need, they will begin to look elsewhere.” “That will fragment their families quickly!”
“Even in their recreation, teach them to be excessive.” “Have them return from their recreation exhausted.” “Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation.” “Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.” “Keep them busy, busy, busy!”
“Crowd their lives with so many good causes that they have no time to seek power from Jesus.” “Soon they will be working on their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause.”
“And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences.”
That is the plan “It will work!”…“It will work!”
It was quite a plan! The demons went eagerly to their assignments, causing Christians everywhere to get busier and more rushed, going here and there, having little time for their God or their families, having no time to tell others about the power of God to change lives.
You be the judge! Does “busy” mean:
Luke 8:14 “And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.”
Let’s not let the cares of this life (Satan’s leaven) take hold of us and keep us from the One who gives us life. Let’s not let the world’s entertainment and business of life keep us from teaching our children, by our own examples of loving and respect our husbands, being the virtuous women of God.
If we diligently take in of the unleavened bread of God’s word, and digest it by meditation, we can enjoy His blessings and not starve to death in the spiritual wilderness of this world. This is the God (Logos), who led his people through the wilderness, providing a cloud by day for shade and by night a fire to give them light, and the precious manna, so that they could walk forward with confidence, knowing His protection and provision. Isn’t that what all of us desire? How wonderful this can be!
Let’s rejoice in these days that remind us to renew the daily relationship with our spiritual husband Jesus Christ by taking in His manna, the Bread of Life.