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)
What will you do when you are under attack? How will you stand up against powerful temptations? How will you be able to resist the devil and all his evil? What will sustain you when you are worn out, weary, and completely exhausted? What will prepare and strengthen you when you are at your weakest moment? I will do what you have done. I will make your priority my priority. Your answer needs some explanation. I would be happy to explain my answer. You made the word of God your priority. You listened attentively to all that your Heavenly Father had to say to you. You made the word of God your food. You feasted on the word of God. You let God’s word dwell in you richly. You meditated on God’s word day and night. You hid God’s word in your heart. God’s word was continually in your heart and on your mind. You let God’s word guard and guide your life. Yes, you are right. You will do well if you also let the word of God rule and reign in your heart and mind and life.
I have more to say. Go ahead I’m listening. You allowed God’s word to fight for you. You knew God’s word. You prayed God’s word. You spoke God’s word. You answered every one of the devil’s temptations with God’s word. It did not matter that you were weary and worn out. It did not matter that you were at a weak moment. No, it did not. God’s word sustained and strengthened you. God’s word was like a sword fighting against the devil and all his evil. Yes, you are right. You will do well if you let the word of God fight in you, with you and for you.
I have even more to say. I’m still listening. You have set before me an example. You have shown me how important it is for me to know the word of God. Yes, I have. God’s word will strengthen me against every temptation. God’s word will make me able to stand against every evil. Yes, it will. A challenge is before me. Questions are being asked of me. Will I make God’s word my food? Will I feast on the word of God? Will I meditate on God’s word day and night? Will I let God’s word dwell in me richly? You are asking me these questions. Yes. I am. Lord, I will do what you have done. I will follow your example. I will hide God’s word in my heart and mind so that I can live the life you have called me to live. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you that your word feeds, sustains and strengthens me against temptation and evil of every kind. I will feast on your word so I will be able to know and do your will. Guard and guide my life by your word as I follow and serve you. Amen
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