Monday, November 19

Feed on God’s Word

Scripture: Matthew 1-4

Matthew 4:4 He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Observation

In the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness by the devil, Jesus responds to each temptation by quoting Scripture: “It is written.” 

The first temptation is to sate His hunger (He had fasted 40 days) by turning stones into bread.  This scripture (Deuteronomy 8:3) is His answer.  

Man doesn’t live on bread (food) alone.  We need food to survive physically, but life is not just physical.  Life is also spiritual, and for that we need every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Application

Two things.

First, use God’s word to resist temptation.  Identify your weakness, and memorize verses of scripture that speak to your weakness.  When tempted, do what Jesus did: “It is written.”  Then quote your verse.  God’s word is powerful!

This is not the only way to fight temptation, but it is a powerful one.  I mentioned another this weekend at church: confession and prayer.  Telling a trusted friend what you’re struggling with brings your temptation or sin into the light which disarms and disempowers it.  And your friend’s prayer for you is “powerful and effective.”  (James 5:16) 

Second, feed on God’s word every day.  This verse considers bread and scripture as two essentials for life: one physical, one spiritual.  Just as I eat every day to feed my body, so I need to feed my spirit every day with God’s word.  A daily time in the Word should be considered essential for spiritual health and well-being.

Also, the power of the Word is experienced not just when we read it or meditate on it, but when we do it and share it.  In fact, the reason God speaks is so we’ll believe and act.  The blessing is in the doing.  Listen to Jesus, do what He says.

Prayer: Thank you for Your Word, Lord.  I will feed on Your Word every day—then help me to do what You say, to put Your Word into practice.