The Bread Of Life

Bread 2

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

Jesus, when He was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, quoted scripture to him in order to defeat him. This is a key element to our walking in victory over the attacks of the enemy. The word of God is vitally important in our exercising authority over the devil when he comes to attack our minds. In this first attack that the devil threw at Jesus he challenged Him regarding His physical need for food. Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights. He was hungry. This was a primary need in His life at that very moment. There are certain times in our lives when we are more vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks than others. It is at those weak times that we will be more apt to have the enemy attack us. This was a time in Jesus’ life when He knew He must rely heavily upon the word of God to defeat the attack of the enemy on His life.

Satan, described as the “tempter” came to Jesus and said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” (Matt. 4:3) The “tempter” is one of the names of Satan because it describes him by what he does. He tempts people to go against the word of God thereby taking things into their own hands to try to accomplish God’s will in their lives. Jesus was drawing close to the Father through fasting and prayer. He was seeking God’s will in His life for the plan that God had to free mankind from the dominion of sin to which they had been held in bondage. The “tempter” came to draw Him away from the plan that God had for His life by tempting Him to do things His own way.

 

Sword of fire

The response that Jesus had towards the temptation of the devil serves as an example to us in how we can defeat his attacks in our lives. Jesus said, “It is written”! The Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword according to Hebrews 4:12. It is described as the sword of the Spirit in Ephesians 6:17 where Paul is speaking to us about the armor of God and it’s place in enabling us to be able to fight and stand against the wiles of the devil during times of spiritual warfare. Jesus quoted scripture, used like a sword, to the devil to defeat his attack against Him. When He was attacked regarding hunger He applied the word of God to that particular attack by saying, “It is written”, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” To nourish the physical man you must eat. Likewise, to nourish your spirit man, the inner person, you must eat of the Word of God. Food is necessary in both instances, but physical nourishment will not strengthen the spirit man, only the Word of God will do that. You can’t fight a spiritual battle with physical food. The spirit of man will only be strengthened through eating or ingesting the Word of God.

Word – Greek word “rhema” which means the communication of the message. It is a verse taken from the Word of God and spoken to us by the Holy Spirit when needed to defeat the devil in his attacks against our lives. Rhema – the spoken Word of God.

Jesus was being attacked in His hunger. The Holy Spirit spoke the scripture needed to counter the attack upon His physical being. A Rhema word from God’s Word will be given to you by the Holy Spirit as you need it to counter an attack upon your life. The key to having the Holy Spirit speak that scripture to you is through you putting the Word of God into your heart. That’s why Jesus said, “’Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” The spirit man within you cannot live and be strong enough to counter the attacks of the enemy without feeding on the Word of God.

Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit would be given to us, after He ascended back to heaven, that He would be our Helper and would teach us all things and bring back to our remembrance all things that Jesus had said.

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

The Holy Spirit brings back to our remembrance the Words of Jesus, or the Word of God, when we need them to fight the attacks that Satan arrays against us and to help us in our walk of faith. If we are not ingesting the Word of God, reading, studying and acting on it, the Holy Spirit does not have anything to help us with when the attack comes from the enemy.

God told Joshua that he should not let the Book of the Law, the Word of God, depart from his mouth, but that he should meditate in it day and night, that he might heed it and do all that was written in it so that he might be prosperous and successful in all that he did.

Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart form your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

Success in standing against the enemy comes through knowing and speaking the Word of God to him in each attack. God told Joshua that he need not be afraid but to be strong and courageous for He was with him wherever he went. God goes with us through His Word and His Spirit within us. When we are filled with His Word and His Spirit we can effectively stand against the attacks that Satan throws at us. We have no need to fear because our God has empowered us to win. He has given us His Word and His Spirit to enable us to fight and win. Are you prepared for the battle? Does the Word of God hold a high priority in your life? Are you eating of the Word of God as often as you are feeding your physical man?

Father, I thank You for Your Word and Your Spirit who gives us the victory. Thank You for giving us the Word to defeat the devil when he attacks our lives. I thank You for Your Spirit who never leaves us nor forsakes us to fight under our own power. Thank You for helping us to strengthen our spirit man so we can stand against the wiles of the devil. Father, I pray for those who are struggling in a battle this morning. I pray that You will give them the Rhema Word that they need by Your Spirit to fight and win against their enemy. I pray that my friends will eat of Your Word every day to strengthen them for upcoming battles. Father, I know that in these last days the attacks of the enemy will increase as he knows that his time is shortened so I ask You to make us aware of the importance of giving Your Word pre-eminance in our hearts and lives. Thank You for equipping us to win the battles of life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

The Word of God as a sword

Today’s confession: The Word of God is in my heart and in my mouth. I defeat the devil’s attacks through speaking the Word of God into that situation.

If God Had A Regrigerator Your Picture Would Be On It!

Isaiah 49:16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.

One day at work I was really down about something and I went to the restroom where I was praying and confiding in the Lord about the situation. I told Him that I really would like to have some kind of reminder that He was working in the situation and that He really cared about what I was going through. I went back to my desk and someone had sent me an email with the quote “If God had a refrigerator your picture would be on it!” I was reminded of His great love for me and thankful that He had heard my prayer and sent a special word of encouragement through another individual.

God cares about you! He has you engraved on the palms of His hands and His thoughts are ever of you!

Psalm 139:17, 18 NLT How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me!

God thinks about you all the time! He is always there with you! He will not leave you to deal with life on your own, under your own power and ability. He is always working on your behalf!

Zephaniah 3:16, 17 “In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Do not fear; Zion, let not your hands be weak, The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

The Lord your God is in your midst. He is the Mighty One, the One who comes to save, heal, deliver and set free! He rejoices over you with gladness and quiets you with His love, rejoicing over you with singing. You know, I’ve found that when I focus on the love that God has for me and how He is working in my life, the pressures of life grow less and the problems that I experience become smaller. Anytime I magnify God in my life I see His greatness and the difficulties that I am experiencing then have to bow their knee to the King of kings and the Lord of lords! Things just look better to me when I think about how great my God is!

In Luke chapter 1 we find the story of Mary, the soon to be mother of Jesus, as the angel tells her about the magnificent transformation that will take place in her body.  Mary was about to experience what seemed like an impossible situation to her limited perspective when the angel of the Lord reminded her that “….with God nothing will be impossible.”  (Luke 1:37)

The word tells us in Proverbs 21:1:

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.”

We see things going on around us in the world and are inclined to see them as impossible situations, but God holds the king’s heart in His hand. He is able to change people and situations to bring them around for our good. There is nothing too hard for our God!

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.

God hears and is able to save us. The problem is not in God’s ability to do what we ask of Him. We are the ones who limit God. Many times we do not see Him as being able to save us out of the mess in which we find ourselves.

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.

Is God’s word true or do we allow our situations to over-ride the truth of God’s word? Many times we don’t see God moving bringing deliverance into our lives because we don’t believe He is able or that He will do it for us. We put limitations on God based upon our own human perspective. Our vision and mindsets need to be renewed to the truth of God’s word.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

God’s word is what renews our minds. We are transformed into agreement with God’s will for our lives as we ingest the word of God into our spirits. It is at that time that we can understand what is His good, acceptable and perfect will for our lives. But as long as we continue to look at the enormity of what is happening in our lives, instead of God’s ability to deliver, we will remain in bondage to the impossibility of deliverance from our problems. Faith must arise in our hearts for us to believe that God is able and willing to bring healing and deliverance into our lives.

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Our thoughts of what we are experiencing are not dependent upon our own ability to save ourselves. But God has given each one of us a measure of faith to use in believing Him to save and deliver. It is as we exercise our faith in Him that we will see a change in our situations.

Jesus told the man who had a demon-possessed son that the disciples had been unable to set free from the demonic influence that constantly threw the boy down and put him in seizures that “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believers”. (Mark 9:23)

 

We have a part to play in our own deliverance. It is to believe that God is able and willing to set us free! If we will do our part we can be assured that God will do His.

 

Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin said of Mary in Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Mary told the Lord in Luke 1:38 “….Let it be to me according to your word.” She readily received the word the angel brought her of God’s plan for her life and exercised her faith to believe for it to happen.

 

We see the story of a man of great faith in the Roman Centurion that Jesus talked about in Matthew 8:5-11; 13:

 

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. “For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.

Jesus said to the centurion, “as you have believed, so let it be done for you”.

The Roman Centurion knew that Jesus had the authority to just speak the word and his servant would be healed. Jesus said he had “great faith”! It is as we believe that we see God moving in our lives. Sometimes we see the negative and as a result it becomes a self- fulfilled prophecy in our lives when we would really like to see the hand of God moving in the direction of our salvation, healing or deliverance. But because we have “seen” the negative with our eyes of faith, that is what has transpired. Job said it this way:

Job 3:25 For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.

Fear is a hindrance to our faith. Fear, in essence, is saying that I have more faith in the devil’s ability to harm me that I have in God’s ability to save me. Joyce Meyer often says that fear is “False Evidence Appearing Real”. The devil always wants us to think the worst of our situations. If he can get you into fear then he has your faith that he will bring the worst into manifestation. Fear is one of the first weapons that Satan uses to bring discouragement and defeat into the lives of believers.

Romans 15:13 has brought hope and comfort to my heart so many times as I was standing in faith believing God for the manifestation of His promises in my life. He is the God of hope who fills us with joy and peace while we are believing so that we can abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. The biblical definition of the word “hope” is:

Hope – Greek word elpis—Strongs #1680 – Hope, not in the sense of an optimistic outlook or wishful thinking without any foundation, but in the sense of confident expectation based on solid certainty. Biblical hope rests on God’s promises.

Biblical hope rests on God’s promises. We find the promises of God in His word. Faith arises as we hear the word of God according to Romans 10:17:

 

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

So, we’ve come full circle back to Romans 12:3 where we see that God has given us a measure of faith and now we see that it is through hearing the word of God that our faith grows with hope, or the confident expectation based on the solid certainty of God’s word, that brings the fulfillment of the promises! How awesome is that! God has given us the key to victory! It is as He has provided faith that we start out and then we exercise our faith as it grows from hearing God’s word, and He gives the hope that is needed to confidently expect what we’ve seen in His word to come into manifestation in our lives! He has given us the victory! We just need to develop our faith to believe that He will do what He has said in His word!

Thank You, Father, for the faith that You have placed within each one of us. May we not ever again see our situations as being hopeless, but may we see You as bigger than any problem we might encounter. Thank You, Lord, for bringing deliverance and salvation into our lives as we believe what You have said. Thank You, for establishing us in hope while we are believing for the promise to come! You have equipped us to win! Thank You, Lord, for the battle is yours but the victory is ours! All praise, glory and honor be unto You, Lord Jesus, for You are worthy to receive it! Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer offered up to You in the name of Jesus! Amen.

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