Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”Matthew 4:4 (NIV)
Living On My Word
I am thankful that I have your word. Why is that? Your word is living and active. Your word is powerful and effective. How So? Just as food feeds my physical life, your word feeds my spiritual life. As I have fed on your word it is changing everything about me. I would like to hear you say more about that. Your word is changing the thoughts of my mind. No longer am I letting my mind be conformed to the patterns of this world. No longer am I thinking just like everyone in the world thinks. I am not accepting the patterns, practices and values of the world. What are you doing? I’m letting your word dwell in me richly. How so? I’m reading your word. I’m studying your word. I’m meditating on and memorizing your word. I’m praying your word and I’m putting your word into practice. As I take a hold of your word, it is taking a hold of me. I’m thinking thoughts that you give me to think. That is very good.
What else? Your word is changing my heart. Say more. At one time, it was a big battle of my will and sacrifice on my part to be willing to go and do your will. Often, I did so very reluctantly. I noticed. Now, it is the desire of my heart to go and do your will. I want to do what is pleasing to you. It is my joy to follow and serve you. That is very good.
What else? I’ve already begun to tell you how my mind being transformed and my heart being changed has begun to impact the deeds of my life. It has now become my goal to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to shine brightly as your witness in the world. In every way I want to go and do your well. One day I hope to hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Yes, I have heard you express that desire many times. Where do you think that desire has come from? It has come from you. That’s right. Will I grant desires that I give to you? Most certainly. Yes, I will.
What else? Your word has been changing the prayers of my heart. Without your word, I would not know how to pray. Often times, I pray the promises in your word. I ask that what you promise in your word will be true in my experience. What do you mean by that? I don’t want to be only a hearer of your word. I want to put your word into practice. I want to live out your word in my daily life. So, I am allowing the subject of your word to become the content of my prayers. That’s good. Keeping living on my word. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your word. I will live on every word that comes from your mouth. I will allow your word to change the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth, deeds of my life and prayers of my heart. Speak to me. I will listen carefully to you. Amen
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