I felt that Jesus said the following to me this morning. I am the bread of Life. Whoever eats and drinks of Me will never hunger and thirst again. Some of My people are happy to feed on the crumbs from the table and the drips of My presence. I died so that they could feast on Me. There is everything laid up in My Kingdom -the resources of heaven which are available to My people if they would only believe. The Lord says- stop feeding on the crumbs and being satisfied with those. There is so much more of Me available says the Lord. Come and feast at My table. Realise that you are hungry. Stir up the hunger within you and do not be satisfied with the crumbs. Come and feast at My table. I have set a banqueting table before you – Come and eat and drink. There is everything available in Me. Why do you eat things which cannot satisfy you? Why do you drink things which cannot satisfy you? Eat and drink of Me. The fullness of Me. Every part of Me is available to you. My love, My truth, My grace, My freedom, My power, My Authority. It is all freely available to you. As you freely receive then freely give. Give without limits – pressed down abundant giving – for out of giving more then more can be received and overflow. Let the oil of My presence freely flow through you. The oil comes from refining through My spirit. Let Me flow through you. Do not turn the tap off. Blessings to all My children, Blessings.
The words of Isaiah 55 came again to mind. “Ho Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters: Any of you who have no money, Come buy and eat. Yes come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread and your wages for what does not satisfy. Listen carefully to Me and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.”
Later this morning our Pastor was talking about the nativity scene and what did we see when we looked at the picture. He saw Jesus lying in the manger and this was significant to him. He said Jesus is in the manger for a reason. The manger was the place of feeding for the animals- the French word “manger” to eat is the same root word. Jesus is in the manger because He is our spiritual bread and we all need to feed on Christ. He is our spiritual food. He is the gift of God freely given to us.
We were taking communion on Sunday and I was reminded of God’s banqueting table and that His banner over us there is love. The words are from the Song of Solomon but we also sing a worship song about God bringing us to His banqueting table. It is only through that act of selfless love when Christ died on the cross that we have the ability to come to that banqueting table and to the place prepared for us there. Christ issued the invitation and I accepted. Christ’s banner of love is over me and all around me when I am there. I have a place at the banqueting table and so I have access to the full provision of God. I am dressed appropriately for the banquet with the garments of salvation and the robes of righteousness because I have accepted Christ as my saviour, so there is no chance that I will be refused entry, but how often I can neglect to go there and take hold of and enjoy all that Christ has obtained for me at the Cross. Thankfully, the invitation from God is always open to come at any time – 24/7. There is always a welcome and my place will never be filled by anyone else so there is always a guarantee that I will have a place at the banqueting table. God can do exceedingly above all that I ask or imagine there because he is a God of abundance. The banquet is a picture of abundance and plenty for everyone. The best food and drink are laid on at the banquet for the guests. Let’s not neglect to ask God for the things that we need and to trust Him to provide for us and sustain us. It might be physical or spiritual sustenance that we need and we can be sure that whatever it is, He will be faithful to meet our needs. Allow Him to fill us there with His love there so that we can be changed and overflow that love to others. There was a time a few years ago when we were away on retreat and the leader encouraged us all to take up the invitation to come to God’s banqueting table. He pulled up a physical chair and invited us to take our seat at the table. We did so and as we did that physical act we saw and imagined ourselves seated at the table feasting on all the provision of God that Christ had obtained for us. It had a profound effect on me. I encourage you to take up your place at God’s banqueting table today. Don’t leave it empty.