Since dough is a common slang term for money, this phrase originally meant “lets make money”. Now, this term is more loosely defined as a battlecry for a person to succeed. There’s a saying that you can’t eat the bread if you don’t help in the process of making the bread. So put in the work and get this bread — The Word.
By no means am I saying you need to dissect the Bible for 40 hours a week to have a successful life. This isn’t about a self-righteous act, or about receiving superior knowledge. To be successful means you have accomplished your aim or purpose. First of all, as a creation, your purpose is to simply… believe in Him. After salvation, as a child of God, I believe your aim and purpose is to look like and walk in the steps of the firstborn of the new creation - Jesus Christ.
To walk in His steps is to walk in obedience to the Father; to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to go and share the Good News, bringing salvation to people of all nations; to notice and serve the poor, the captive, and the broken; to proclaim freedom and healing until the day of the Lord’s return. Your aim and purpose is not only to represent the Kingdom of God, but to bring the Kingdom of God down to this earth; and to glorify Him alone through everything and anything you do.
Revealing Your Failure Is True Success?
The success that comes from holding onto the Word of God is from allowing it to cut deep, to penetrate the depths of you, reaching your soul and separating it form your spirit. This way you’re permitting the Word to show you the truth of your thoughts and motives. (Hebrews 4:12) You’re allowing it to reveal your failure and bondage. Let me explain why this is a success… You’re permitting it to unveil your need of a Savior, a Deliverer, a Healer, a Counselor, a Comforter, a Teacher, and simply a true Friend.
God wants to be for you all that and much more.
Realizing your desperate need for Him, you become hungry for more of Him and The Word. Jesus is just that - The Word! Get to know Him by intentionally spending time daily with Him in The Word. It will instruct you in righteousness. It will nourish you. It will convict you. It will mold you. It will set you free. It will test you. It will encourage you. It will wash you. It will bring you knowledge of His will and strength to accomplish your aim and purpose.
You need to grab it firmly, stand on it, walk with it, and rest in it.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
In the second chapter of Philippians, Paul is writing to encourage us to live a cheerful life, without complaining or division, and to “hold firmly to the Word of Life.” He speaks that this will prove you "innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish in the midst of a [morally] crooked and [spiritually] perverted generation, among whom you are seen as bright lights [beacons shining out clearly] in the world [of darkness], holding out and offering to everyone the word of life".
Get a Firm Grip on This Bread.
So finally, what are the 6 ways to “Get This Bread” with a firm grip?
- you can hear it
- you can read it
- you can study it
- you can memorize it
- you can meditate on it
- you can apply it
I would say to be successful you should — not could — do all six well. There are so many promises throughout the Bible from our God. Truths for His righteous children to hear, to read, to study, truths to memorize, truths to meditate on, and truths to apply. If you hold onto and keep these truths in your heart by memorizing them, you hold a believer’s most effective weapon close to you: The Sword of the Spirit.
So put on the whole armor of God.. take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.. so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground… - Ephesians 6:13-17
“If you hold to my teaching, you will know the truth, and it will set you free.” - John 8:31-32
Another encouraging promise;
if you live according to the Word of God, you will stay on the path of purity. - Psalm 119:9-11
If you want happiness, you will find it when you walk along the path of His commands. - Psalm 119:35
Those are just a few of the many many promises and encouraging truths that are in His Word. I want to prompt you to not only search for the sweet promises, but to go through the whole book; studying specific themes, stories, and ideas in context. I trust that the Holy Spirit will lead you into new revelations of who God is, who you are, and what beautiful story of redemption you are apart of.
Holding onto the Word, means you’re holding onto Jesus. Take a firm grip, and never let go.
If the only time you get this bread is on a Sunday morning at a local church, you’re just getting a few bites for the week and no grip on it. You’ll be done chewing that soon. You’re starving your spirit. You need to daily sit down with the Lord and eat with Him. Jesus is the Word. Let Jesus fill you. Let Him satisfy you.
Get This Bread. Hear it. Read it. Study it. Memorize it. Meditate on it. Apply it.
You will be successful.
God will accomplish the work that He started in you.
You will look like and walk in the steps of the firstborn of the new creation - Jesus Christ.