From The Mouth Of God

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Word - Matthew 4:4 - From The Mouth Of God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – Matthew 4:4 – From The Mouth Of God – Growing As Disciples

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)

Under Attack

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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Mouth Of God

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 85 – Matthew 4:4 – Mouth Of God – Growing As Disciples

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)

Every Word

You will be tempted. That comes as no surprise to me. You will be tempted in ways that are expected and predictable and also in ways that are unexpected and unpredictable. I have experienced and gone through both of those types of temptation. Yes, I know. How are you on guard against temptation? That’s a good question. I know that I need to be on guard against temptation. So, I don’t allow myself to be in obvious situations or circumstances that will cause me to be tempted. I also don’t participate in anything that I know will feed improper desires and cause me to be tempted. Those are very good and wise decisions.

How will you know when you are nearing a dangerous and tempting situation or circumstance? How will you ever know for sure if you are allowing yourself to feed on something that will lead you into temptation? I know one thing for certain. What’s that? I am not wise enough or strong enough to always make the right decisions. No, you are not. I need to be led by your Spirit. Your Spirit will lead and guide me. Your Spirit will strengthen me. I will not rely on myself. Instead I will rely your Spirit. Yes, you will. 

What will help you to stand against temptation? You will help me to stand against temptation. Yes, I will. Your word says that if I draw near to you, you will draw near to me. If I draw near to you and resist the devil, he will flee from me. Yes, he will. Nothing will help me to stand up against temptation more than a close and intimate relationship with you. That’s right. The closer I draw near to you the less attractive temptation and sin will be to me. That’s true but don’t ever begin to think that you are beyond temptation. You will experience temptation until the day we meet each other face to face in heaven. I understand. I will be on guard against temptation.

What weapon do you have in your battle against temptation and sin? I have your word. Your word is like a sword that your Spirit will use to fight in me, with me and for me. Yes, it is. How has my Spirit been using my word to fight in you? Your word has been changing my heart, transforming my mind and guiding my life. Your word has been cleansing my mind of my old thoughts. Your word has given your thoughts to think. Your word has been changing my heart and removing sinful desires, patterns and practices that were once part of my life. Your word has helped me to know and receive your love. Your love for me has caused me to love you more and more everyday. My love for you motivates my desire to not give into temptation. I want to do what pleases you. How has my Spirit been using my word to fight with you and for you? When temptation is actually upon me your Spirit uses your word and does battle in my heart and mind and spirit against the temptation I am facing. Your Spirit has brought your word into my heart and mind and spirit so that I have been able to resist temptation. What does that tell you? I need to let your word dwell in me richly. I need to feed on every one of your words. I need to know, follow and obey your word. Yes, you do. Yes, I will.

Lord, thank you for your word. Your word feeds, strengthens and sustains me. Help me to live on every word that comes from your mouth. Use your word to strengthen me and make me able to stand against every temptation. Amen

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It Is Written

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 40 – Matthew 4:4 – It Is Written – Growing As Disciples

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)

 Live On 

What would your life look like if you lived on my word? If I lived on your word, I would certainly read your word. That would be a good start. Yes, I was just getting started. I have much more to say. Go ahead, I’m listening. To start with I would establish a time and a place to meet with you in your word. Why is that important? If I don’t establish meeting with you in your word as a priority, it will never happen. Why is that? The rest of life will crowd meeting with you in your word, out of my life. So, at our daily time and in our specific place, I will withdraw into solitude and silence so I can hear from you. This is when I will read your word. This is when I will allow your word to speak to me. But, I won’t only read your word. I will do much more than just read your word. Why is that? If I were to only read your word, I may not grab hold of it, or it may not grab hold of me. I want your word to dwell richly in my heart and mind and life.  I want your word to do its work in me. I want your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. So, I will study your word. I will meditate on and memorize your word. I will pray your word. I will grab a firm hold of your word by putting it into practice. This is how I will live on your word. That will be very good.

What will my word do for you as you are living on it? Here you have given me a very clear example. You have shown me clearly one of the things your word will do for me. What’s that? Your Holy Spirit will take your word and use it like a sword to fight in me, with me, for me and through me. You word will make me able to resist temptation and fight against the devil and all his evil in the world. Your word will make me able to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your deeds. Your word will guard and guide me life. Your word will make me able to live a life that is pleasing to you. Your word will make me able to know and do your will. Yes, my word will do all these things for you as you live on it. That is what I will do, I will live on your word. That will be very good.

Lord, I will follow your example. I will take your word into my heart and mind and life. I will read, study and meditate on your word. I will allow your word to be used to fight in me, with me, for me and through me as I face the devil and all his evil in the world. Amen

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Every Word

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – Matthew 4:4 – Every Word – Growing As Disciples

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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Jesus Answered

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Spiritual Warfare – Matthew 4:1-4- Jesus Answered – Growing As Disciples

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)  

Live On 

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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You Are

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – If – Matthew 4:1-4 – You Are – Growing As Disciples

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) 

On A Diet

What is your diet? What will feed and sustain you? What will feed your hunger and satisfy your thirst? There are a confusing number of different diet choices. It’s really hard to know what is a healthy or unhealthy diet. One day one diet is deemed as being a healthy choice. The next day or month or year that same diet is deemed to be very unhealthy. I have tried so many different diets. I’ve wanted to loose weight. I’ve wanted to gain muscle. I’ve wanted to lose fat. I’ve wanted to gain energy. I have no idea what diet will really sustain me. I’m not sure what diet will really feed my hunger and satisfy my thirst. There is one diet that is not usually being talked about. What diet is that?

How are you dieting on my word? I have never thought that the word “diet” and your word as something that goes together. When I think of dieting I’m usually thinking of eating less. When I think of dieting I’m usually thinking of something that I would put into my mouth. You can feed on my word. Yes, I know. You can feast on my word. You can never become too full of my word. There is nothing in my word that will ever be unhealthy for you. My word will feed and sustain you.

What will happen to you if you eat an unhealthy diet? If I eat an unhealthy diet I will get sick and become unhealthy. That is for sure. What will happen to you if you feast on a healthy diet of my word? Your word will feed my hunger. Your word will satisfy my thirst. Your word will mold and shape my life. Your word will guide and direct my path. Your word will change my heart. Your word will transform my mind. Your word will strengthen me and make me able to stand against evil that is in the world. Yes, it will. Your word will feed righteous and starve sinful desires within me. That’s right. Will you feast on a healthy diet of my word? Yes Lord, I will feast on a healthy diet of your word. That will be very good.

Lord, I will live on every word that comes from you. I will make it my daily practice to feast on your word. Thank you that you are changing my heart and transforming my mind by your word. Your word is making me able to stand against evil as I follow you. Amen

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