Feeding on the Word of God

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
–Matthew 4:4 [words of Christ]
This verse illustrates critical truths:
  1. Notice, the importance that God places upon His words.  Feeding our spirit is as important as feeding our bodies:  we do this by meditating upon the words of God.  Scripture study should be as routine as eating.  
  2. The supernatural power of the word of God to sustain us cannot be over-valued.  God works through His word to sustain us in every thing.  He can feed us on them for 40 days, as He did for Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11).  He can strengthen us with them, so that we can run for 14 miles ahead of a chariot, as He did with Elijah (1 Kings 18:46).  
  3. We can tell a lot about a believer’s walk by examining the value they place upon the words of God.  If they have much [spiritual] understanding, knowledge, and wisdom, we know they have been greatly obedient (John 7:17).    
  4. If we are spiritually healthy, we will hunger for the word of God, as we hunger for food.  If we do not hunger for God’s word, we should examine whether we have replaced our spiritual fare with natural things.  The word of God exercises God’s authority over our lives:  if a believer is neglecting scriptural meditations, it is an indication that they have grown lazy, careless, and unrestrained in their walk with God.  
  5. Finally, every day, we should set aside times to live out the truth of Matthew 4:4, substituting spiritual food for natural fare.  
In the beginning, God revealed Himself to man through the act of creation:  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1:1-5).
What does the creative power of the word of God produce today?
Disciples … 

6 thoughts on “Feeding on the Word of God

  1. His word is life to us, eh bro. Where can we go Lord, you have the words of eternal life!

    1 Cor 2:13 “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

    The words which the Holy Spirit teaches us are the words of God, the Scriptures. Then, not surprisingly, these same words taught to us by the agency of the true teacher, the Holy Spirit, are the words we teach others, and again, it is the same Holy Spirit at work, who teaches us, and then who teaches others thru us. Exactly as we have been taught we teach and share and prophesy.

  2. Hello my friend. Just got around to reading this today. Ironically, I have been sidetracked from my dearest brothers by one who seems it trivial to minimize the precious words of God- at least in their written form. This grieves me greatly, for without this precious anchor we are easily swayed by claims of truth and words of wisdom from those who deem themselves superior among us.
    We ought as you say Mark, place a great emphasis upon what God has said, and take it upon ourselves to point others in that same direction. It is not enough to have others following us or adopting our convictions- they must learn firsthand from the Master Himself who must become their hope, their stay, their all.
    We live in a day where the majority of the professing Christian world is minimizing the Scriptures and emphasizing a subjective experiential knowing in their place. This very thrust not only steers men into many spiritual falsehoods and directions, it minimizes the written word that teaches us the nature of man, the need for repentance, the soon coming judgment, the incarnation and righteousness of Christ, the holiness and character of God and a hundred other sacred and precious truths- not the least of which is the gospel itself! Where would I be, where would you be, where will they be- without what has been written.
    Try as men might to minimize or replace what God has decreed, our Father has made this mandate- that His Word would be written, read, studied and proclaimed for the good of men and to the glory of Himself. I thank you all, and those like you who not only remember this often, but put His precious words into practice as well.

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