The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:
“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).
In this Memory Verse, let's look at how Christ nourishes us daily through the fruit of His Holy Spirit in us. As our thoughts and conduct proceed from our hearts, it is important to examine what we are "feasting" on. What are you relying on for strength and energy in your reaction and interaction with others? What sustains you through the daily trials and challenges of life? Is your sustenance harmful or healthy - works of the flesh or the fruit of the Spirit? Is your life nourished by God's love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? The Fruit of the Spirit is the proof that the Spirit is working in you, so perhaps we ought to also ask the Spirit daily for the fruit we'll need to sustain us through the trials and difficulties of that day. May we ask the Lord to fill our hungry hearts with His Fruit that this would sustain and strengthen us in our daily conduct to the glories and purposes of Christ Jesus. Amen!
May we seek the spiritual food that is from above with an even greater hunger than how we long for our next meal or the snack in our cupboards. Even so, Amen.
Other verses to consider:
“But He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”’” (Matthew 4:4).
“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst’” (John 6:35).
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6).
“You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound” (Psalm 4:7).
“O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear” (Psalm 10:17).
“O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart” (Psalm 15:1-2).
“The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes” (Psalm 19:8).
“It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right” (Proverbs 20:11).
“Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).
“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:12).
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).
“Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, That you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts Lodge within you?” (Jeremiah 4:14).
“And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?” (Matthew 9:4)
“But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man” (Matthew 15:18-20).
“‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8).
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).