This morning the presence of the Lord was awesome and our worship room seemed to be supercharged with the power of His presence. We just soaked in and luxuriated in it for a long time as we sang praise songs. We truly experienced entered His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise and thanksgiving and it was awesome.
Then I went face down on the floor and submitted myself completely to Him. After being in His presence for some time, I asked if there was a word to send forth today. As soon as I said that, I was carried by the Spirit to the outside of a very large building which looked like a warehouse. I was outside looking at the loading dock where one large truck was backed up to the dock. The driver was sitting in the cab of the truck with the door open as he waited for the loading process to be completed. I climbed up the steps to the dock and then went inside the warehouse. Many people were packing wooden pallets with packages of bread. I joined in and began to load a pallet assigned to me. Some of the packages looked like hamburger buns, some like hot dog buns, and some like various kinds of loaves of bread.
I heard someone suggest that we all stop loading the truck, and wait for people to eat all of the stale bread first so there would be not waste. This didn’t seem quite right, but everyone paused to consider it. Then suddenly, the vision ended. I didn’t really understand it so I asked the Lord to help me understand what it meant and to tell me if I should post this message. I didn’t hear the Lord speak, but I was suddenly carried back to the area outside the loading dock and went through the entire process again.
This time, when the suggestion was made for us to wait until all of the stale bread had been eaten, the Lord spoke. He said, “The fresh bread will become stale while you wait. Then the people will receive more stale bread to eat before the next shipment. They will constantly receive and eat stale bread. Stop holding on to the stale bread! Let it go! Embrace the new bread! If you don’t do this right away you will miss the new things I am releasing and remain unprepared for the new thing I am about to do!”
Did you receive it? I did! I started to think about the stale bread I have been eating and the things I have not been willing to let go of in order to accept the Lord’s new things. One thing I know! I want to be part of the new thing the Lord is doing and I am ready to let go of everything that hinders. The Lord said, “If you release the fresh bread, people will be drawn to the sweet fragrance of the gospel. If you give out fresh bread the taste of the Bread of Heaven will go deep into their being.” At this point I remembered and identified with what Paul taught in the third chapter of his letter to the Philippians.
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.” (Philippians 3:12-16)
I pray that we will be enabled by the Lord to let go of the things which hinder us! I pray that we will press in toward the goal of our higher calling! I pray that we will develop a real taste for the fresh Bread of Heaven and seek it anew every day! May the Lord bless you with a deep hunger for His Word and a strong thirst for the living water which refreshes in spirit, soul, and body! Amen and Amen!
Date: May 28, 2013