My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, November 19, 2011
What are you eating?
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORDTHAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’”
(Matthew 4:4 NASB)
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.
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?
Lord, please help me to make sure that You are a part of my daily diet! Amen.