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

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

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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Every Word

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

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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Live On

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Discipleship - Mathew 4:4- Live On - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Discipleship – Mathew 4:4- Live On – 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)

Feed On God’s Word

What will feed and sustain your life? What will strengthen you? What will make you able to stand against temptation and resist evil? What will change your heart? What will transform your mind? What will guide your life? Can you answer these questions of mine? Yes, I can answer these questions of yours. I can answer these questions of yours, not because I am wise. I can answer these questions of yours, not because I am anyone unusually special. I can answer these questions of yours, because you have made the answer especially obvious. You have placed an example right before my eyes. Tell me what is obvious to you. Tell me what you see in the example that has been placed before you. You are my example. I see you. I see the life that you lived. I see how you were made able to stand against temptation. I see how you were able to resist evil.

How did I stand against temptation? How did I resist evil? You fed on God’s word. You did not live on bread alone. You did not feed on cheap substitutes. You did not live on junk food. You read God’s word. You studied God’s word. You meditated on and memorized God’s word. You prayed God’s word. You took hold of God’s word and put it into practice. Yes, I did.  You allowed God’s word to fight for you when temptation tried to seize you and evil tried to overcome you. Yes, I did. You stood on the strength of God’s word. You lived by the power of God’s word. Yes, I did.

Will you feed on God’s word? Yes Lord, I will do what you have done. I will follow your example. I will take hold of God’s word so His word can take hold of me. I will allow God’s word to change my heart. I will allow God’s word to transform my mind. I will allow God’s word to guide my life. I will read God’s word. I will study God’s word. I will meditate on and memorize God’s word. I will pray God’s word. I will take hold of God’s word and as I put it into practice. Then you will be able to stand against temptation. Then you will be able to resist evil.

When will you allow God’s word to take hold of you? When will you allow God’s word to work in you, for you and through you? There is only one answer that I can give to these questions. What is your answer? Every day, is my answer. Every day, I will meet with you in your word. Every day, I will allow your word to work in me, for me, and through me. That will be very good.

Lord, I have lived on junk food. I have fed myself on what would not sustain my life. No more of that. Now, I will feed on your word. Use your word to change my heart, transform my mind, guide my life and make me able to stand against temptation and evil. Amen

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