PROPHECY TEACHING: Labour Not For the Meat Which Perisheth
April 2, 2001

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It seems clear today that the Church of Jesus Christ, in America, is messed up with materialism.

Look at this:

John 6:27

"Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of Man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed."

The disciples had just eaten the multiplied bread and had seen 5000 families fed miraculously, but why are they telling Jesus in verse 31 that "our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat."

They were expecting Jesus to produce bread miraculously every day! Isn't that clear from the rebuke Jesus gives them in verse 26: "Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled." They were coming around, looking for a repeat performance from Jesus.

These disciples had gotten it into their head that, just as the Israelites had manna from heaven, they too would now receive bread to eat from God on a daily basis: bread that would fill their bellies. But, Jesus points them to the Spirit and not to the flesh.

How many people today are focused on this same thing: coming to the Lord for the miracles; coming to get earthly bread; coming to Him for prosperity. How many in the church are laboring before God for the meat that perisheth. What do they have their eye set upon?

We know from later testimony that men like Paul, who carried the gospel to the ends of the known world suffered hungers and thirsts, but in their spirits, they were never hungry, and they never thirsted.

Don't come to Jesus with perishable things foremost on your mind. Set your mind on things above, for your life is hidden with Christ. God knows your needs, and He will provide them, but let your focus be on the unseen and invisible realm of the Spirit of God. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread, says Jesus, which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ

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