Matthew 4:4 - Lessons From Jesus in the Wilderness [addendum].

Matthew 4:4 - Lessons From Jesus in the Wilderness [addendum].

Matthew 4:4 (KJV)  But he answered and said, It is written, Man 
shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out 
of the mouth of God. 

Matthew 4:4 (NLT)  But Jesus told him, "No! The Scriptures say, 
'People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every 
word of God.' "  

  Satan loves to use fear and doubt against believers. He knows 
if he can get you to question God, then maybe you will give up and 
abandon His will for your life. Feelings of fear often precede feelings 
of doubt and uncertainty. If left unattended, these runaway 
emotions can cause you to stop trusting God and His ability to provide 
for you. 
  A first step to defuse doubt is to determine its origin. Begin 
by asking yourself if your feelings of doubt have a legitimate 
basis. Many times we struggle with thoughts and feelings that have no 
  Second, reading God's Word is a great way to combat fear and 
doubt. A daily reading program such as the one you're reading right now 
will show you many ways to handle doubt. The Book of Psalms 
highlights many personal battles over emotions such as fear, doubt, 
loneliness, and discouragement. David and others made a conscious decision 
to trust the Lord through tremendously difficult and found that God 
never once failed them. 
  Prayer is also essential in fighting fear and doubt. In 
essence, prayer is faith in action. When we pray, regardless of whether 
we feel like it, we make a statement of faith. We pray because we 
see God as the solution to what we face. If you are facing a 
difficult situation, don't be slow in asking God to show you the best way 
to handle it. If your level of trust seems low, don't worry. God is 
wise and kind. He wants to teach you more about Himself, not frighten 
you away. Your faith will increase as you get to know Him better. 
  Even if you don't have the emotional strength to trust God, 
you can still begin. God will be your strength. A. B. Simpson often 
told those who found themselves in a difficult spot, "When God tests 
you, it is a good time for you to test Him by putting His promises to 
the proof, and claiming from Him just as much as your trials have 
rendered necessary." 
  Always be honest with God; He knows it all anyway. Honesty 
breaks the pattern of doubt. The last thing Satan wants you to do is to 
go to God in prayer and tell Him you feel doubtful. He knows that 
God loves you with an eternal love and that if you come to Him for 
help, He will give you all the assistance you need. [Life Principles 
SB By Charles Stanley re Mat. 4:1-11]