And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. —Deuteronomy 8:3

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” —Matthew 4:4

 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? —Mark 12:24

            Life comes not just by eating physical food. True life is much more than that. Man was not made just to eat meals on a plate alone. No, man needs more than physical food to truly experience the life that our Lord offers. Man really lives when he is living according to God’s Word.   “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty” (Jeremiah 15:16).  Have you fed on God’s Word today?

            When we do not feed on God’s Word like we eat physical food, then we are not really living and the possibility of being in error is great. Nor will we know the power of God. But, if we are living by the Word of God we are truly Jesus’ “disciples. Then (we) will know the truth, and the truth will set (us) free” (John 8:32). We will then know God’s power in and through our lives.

            How well do you know God’s Word? Are you seeking to know “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). Are you doing “your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth?” II Timothy 2:15).  Do you really believe that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16-17). If I truly believe this then I will be seeking to know His Word more and more.   May we be like the Apostles— “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Who knows that we have spent time with Jesus and learned from Him?— “The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed” (Isaiah 50:4).

Dear Father may I listen to your Word and get to know Your Word more and more— knowing You. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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