Living the Word of God
These words of Jesus are so important for the time we live in today, with all the worldly influences that have come into our lives. The enemy knows how powerful the Word of God is and he (satan) is mustering every force and deception he can to keep us from studying God's precious Word.
Matthew 4:4 .....'It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.'
Notice how Jesus didn't say that we should live by " some" of the things that God says, but by EVERYTHING that He says. Now this can be a problem for many of us, because we tend to hang on to the " nice" words, and pass over the challenging ones. But instead of picking and choosing what words we want to follow, we should be seeking to obey God in everything that He commands and asks of us, and the only way we will find out how God desires us to live, is to diligently search the scriptures daily to find out the truth. Let's not just take someone else's words as truth either, instead, let us be like the Bereans and search the Word of God in the Bible ourselves to see if what we have been told is the truth.
Acts 17:11 .....'These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.'
Remember, we are not to live by the words of preachers and authors, but by EVERY WORD of our Creator God in the Bible. These words, although spoken by men, were inspired by God as confirmed in 2 Timothy 3:16. But notice something important that the Bereans did above. They received the word with all readiness of mind and THEN proceeded to check with the scriptures that what they heard was the Bible truth. So their minds were OPEN to receive the truth and they were not clouded with preconceived ideas and traditions like many of us are today. They were OPEN to be guided by God and His Word, and were ready to live according to it.
Now what happens if we only read and listen to God's Word without actually putting it into action in our own lives? Jesus said we don't just live by bread alone (food), which feeds the flesh, but we must also live by the Word which feeds the soul. Now take a look at the following Bible verse:
James 1:22 .....'But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.'
We must be doers of the Word, otherwise as the verse confirms, we will be deceived. It will be so easy for Satan to deceive us with any wind of doctrine if we don't put the true Word of God into practice in our lives. We must be diligent to heed the Word of God and live by it. Remember, we don't live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, which we find in the Bible.