Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4:1-4 (NIV)
How will you live on my word? How will you allow my word to feed you? How will you allow my word to sustain you? How will you allow my word to strengthen you so you can stand against evil and resist temptation? Those are good questions. I would like to meet with you in your word on a daily basis. Rather, I should say, I will meet with you in your word on a daily basis. I will enthusiastically welcome your word into my heart and mind and life. I will listen attentively to everything you have to say to me. I will allow your word to dwell in me richly. How so? I will read your word. I will study your word. I will meditate on and memorize your word. I will pray your word. I will proclaim your word. Most importantly, I will put your word into practice. I will do what your word tells me to do. In every way I will take hold of your word just as it will take hold of me. Your word will be my firm foundation. Your word will be my fortress of strength. I know that your Holy Spirit will use your word to fight in, with and for me in all the battles that I will face in life. That’s true. That’s right. You have answered my questions well.
How has my word been working in your life? How is my word been changing your heart as you live on it? Your word has been changing my heart. The more I meet with you in your word, the hungrier I am for all that you have for me. I want to live the life you have called me to live. I want to go and do all that you ask of me. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to know and do your will. I want your favor to rest on me. I want your power to work in and through me so that I will be able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That is very good.
How has my word been transforming your mind as you put it into practice? Your word has been transforming the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. I am thinking your thoughts, speaking your words and doing your deeds. Your word has been pushing my old worldly thoughts out of my heart and mind and life as I have meditated on and memorized your word. You have been giving your thoughts to think. Yes, I have. Will you keep on living on my word? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for showing me how you stood against temptation to do what is evil. I will have God’s word in my heart and mind and on my lips so that it can be used by the Holy Spirit to help me to withstand attacks of temptation. Amen
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