Posted by: missionventureministries | December 1, 2012

MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE – Matthew 4:4

Matthew 4 vs 4

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

The word of God is essential in the life of anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ, because the Bible first of all tells us how to become a Christian, and then how to follow Jesus in our everyday living.

The word of God was important in the life of Jesus. It sustained Him and helped Him in times of temptation. 

We need to understand that the word of God is our sustenance. We live by every word that comes from the mouth of God. It is the word of God that gives us the strength to face the realities and difficulties of life. Therefore we must pay careful attention to what the Lord is saying to us. We need to live by the word of God; otherwise we will perish, as it is written in Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”

The word of God gives stability to our lives. Jesus said that whoever listens to His words and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. When we build our lives on the word of God we can face any storm and still remain strong and stable. (Matthew 7:24-27)

The word of God gives us a security and an assurance of fulfillment. Jesus said that even if the heavens and earth pass away, His words would never pass away. God is not a man that He should lie or change His mind. We can trust His promises with full assurance that He will fulfill what He has promised. Abraham had such a strong and unshakable faith in the promises of God even in hopeless situations. (Mark 13:31; Numbers 23:19; Romans 4:18-21)

The Lord speaks to us through His servants and prophets in the Bible and confirms and fulfills what He has spoken through them. The Lord was with Samuel and ensured that none of his words fell to the ground. Therefore we should expect the confirmation and fulfillment of what the Lord has spoken to us through His servants. (Isaiah 44:25-26; 2 Chronicles 20:20; 1 Samuel 3:19)

The word of God rescues us from danger and destruction. The Lord sends His word in times of crisis and desperation and heals us and delivers us from the grave. The word of God will not return empty, but will accomplish what He desire and achieve the purpose for which He sent it. Therefore let us receive the word of the Lord and obey it and we will be delivered from eternal damnation. (Psalm 107:20; Isaiah 55:11)

The word of God stimulates us and inspires our faith. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. The word of God brings clarity and understanding in times of perplexity and confusion. The word of God brings the message of peace. Therefore we must fill our hearts with the word of God which will give us faith and revelation. We should not be easily troubled by the various voices of fear and despair that may surround us. We must focus our attention on the word of the Lord. (Romans 10:17; Psalms 119:130; Hebrews 13:5-6; Philippians 4:6-7)

The word of God gives us comfort and reassure in times of sorrow and distress. It gives us rest and peace within our heart. It gives us hope and assurance of God’s presence and assistance. This is a great comfort and source of healing to our broken hearts. Therefore we must seek our comfort and consolation from the word of God in times of distress and pain. (Psalms 119:49-50; Psalms 85:8; Isaiah 41:13) 

Deuteronomy 6:6 – tells us: “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in your heart.” And Psalm 119:11: “I have hidden your word in my heart. . .” The Bible also equates the Word of God to a sword. Hebrew 4:12: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  

People need more than bread to live; we must feed on every word of God because it helps us in the times of need and it transforms us and gives us the understanding and assurance of eternal life where we will have “the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7)

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