Matthew 4:4 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
It’s more than reading, it’s living
You don’t have to look on the internet very long to see a message or twenty aimed at telling men what kind of man they should be.
These voices tell men how they should look, act and say.
- So let me ask you, what defines you?
- Who are you listening to as you live out who God called you to be?
- Where is your source of confidence and information?
I hope it’s the word of God.
Jesus, the manliest man that has ever walked on earth said that a MAN should not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
And that’s a voice I want to listen to.
So is your life built on every word that comes from the mouth of God?
The word of God is living and able to pierce the depths of your heart.
It is the very words of God and should be taken seriously.
Your very life should depend on the words written in it.
These might be harsh words, but they are meant to be life-giving words.
If you can live your life without a daily digest of God’s words you are not living the true Christian life.
I’m not trying to lead you to legalism. If you miss a day God is not going to erase your name from the Book of Life.
What I am saying is that without regular consumption of God’s word, you are living your life dependent on your own power.
It’s not just reading like you read any book. It’s a life-giving act that takes place as you consume the life-giving words of God.
It reaches where no one else can
Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
You need God’s word to reach down into the depths of your heart and search out those things that no one even knows about.
It’s easy to lie and act like nothing is wrong to people because they can’t see the deep dark places of your mind and heart. But when you read God’s word it will shine a light and expose things you need to confess and repent from.
You can hide from people but not from God’s word.
It guides you
Psalm 119:105 (NIV) Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
What is my purpose, is one of those questions that daunt many people.
They want someone to lead them. To guide them to their place of destiny.
God has given us His very words to reveal to us our ultimate destiny but also to guide in our daily walk.
Live by it
Take God’s word.
Think about it.
Live by it.
Be a man of the word.