Saturday, November 19, 2011

What are you eating?





Scripture

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’”
(Matthew 4:4 NASB)

Observation

Jesus had spent 40 days and nights in the wilderness and obviously He was tired and hungry. Then Satan came and tempted Him, at the point of His weakness. Jesus did not succomb to the temptation, but rather, responded out of His strength. His strength came from having spent time with God, His Father. While Jesus had not eaten physical food during His time in the wilderness, He had devoured the opportunity to feed upon every word which He had received from His Father. The result was that Jesus was able to resist the Evil one and ultimately was victorious over sin and death.

Application

We must ask ourselves what we are devouring? Often we've thought of this response referring to the fact that we must fight back temptation with the Bible. However, I think it goes much beyond simply knowing the word. We are to know the word, and that comes from knowing and studying the word, but also from simply spending time with the Word. As we sit in the presence of our holy God, we may personally experience the word which proceeds from His mouth. It is in this intimate relationship that we gain the strength to fight the temptations of this world. It is our responsibility as followers of Christ to devour everything that we can that comes from Him. We are very attentive to our need for physical food. I wonder whether we are just as attentive to our need for spiritual food? What are you eating today?

Prayer

Lord, please help me to make sure that You are a part of my daily diet! Amen.

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