Matthew 4:4 - Spiritual Food for Really Living.

Matthew 4:4: Spiritual Food for Really Living.

Matthew 4:4 (NIV) Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not 
live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of 


   If you want a healthy mind, you must feed your mind with 
   We all know the importance of nutrition. Good food and good 
calories make you stronger and healthier and give you more energy. Bad 
calories and junk food harm your body. The same is true in your thought 
life. You must feed your mind not with junk or poison but with truth. 
   One time I had the privilege of lecturing at Oxford 
University, and while I was there, I was invited to go to a meeting of 
Oxford Analytica. This is a group youve likely never heard of that 
has enormous influence in the world. Every day around 6 a.m., the 
leading scholars of Oxford gather in a room to get reports from all 
around the world about whats happened in the last 24 hours, from 
crop prices rising in China to more unrest in the Middle East. Then 
they make the decision about what needs to be said about it. By 11 
a.m. a report has been given to groups that pay big bucks for this 
information, such as the CIA and major corporations. 
   Oxford Analytica is founded on the idea that the best leaders 
make the best decisions when they have the best information. Even if 
you are a good leader, if you dont have the best information, 
youre going to make a bad decision. 
   You need the best information to live the best life that God 
wants you to live. That information is right there in the Word of 
   The Bible says in Matthew 4:4, People do not live by bread 
alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (NLT). 
   God wants you to make the best decisions and receive his best 
for your life. You do that by feeding on the Word of God throughout 
your day, every day. [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


The Model of Jesus
   Jesus memorized and thought about Scripture. Thinking about a 
verse and repeating it to ourselves until we remember it is such a 
gift of life. For example, we might meditate on Colossians 1:10-11, 
"We pray that you will grow to know God better. We want you to be 
very strong, in keeping with his glorious power" (NIrV). Just praying 
that verse opens the door for the Holy Spirit to reframe our thoughts 
and fill us with that strength. Or if we're facing a setback, we can 
meditate on 2 Corinthians 4:16: "We do not lose heart. Though outwardly 
we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by 
   No habit will help you more in the spiritual dynamics of 
getting healthy than memorizing and meditating on the Word of God. [The 
Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional re Psalm 119:48] 

   Our adversary, the devil, is constantly trying to get us to 
doubt our relationship with Christ and our citizenship in heaven. The 
same thing happened to Jesus. No sooner had the Father publicly 
declared, "This is my Son," than Satan countered with, "If you are the Son 
of God " His strategy hasn't changed; he does the same with us 
   Jesus' response was simply to say, "It is written " The 
Word of God is called the sword of the Spirit because it is our main 
offensive weapon against the enemy (Eph. 6:17). Our Savior has given us 
the highest example - be ready to speak the Word of God. When 
Scripture is in your mouth, on the tip of your tongue, it will defeat the 
devil and doubts every time. 
   Lord Jesus, help me to be ready today when the enemy attacks. 
Thank You for giving me Your example in always using the Word of God 
to defeat the enemy's lies and tactics. Life is too short to fall 
for Satan's deceptions and to be discouraged and sidetracked by his 
attacks. Keep me in Your Word, Lord. And keep Your Word in me. [A 
Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby] 

   In the book of Judges, Delilah kept pestering Samson, saying, 
"Tell me the secret of your great strength (Judges 16:6). She just 
had to know. In the same way, many people are curious about 
Christians who demonstrate strong faith in difficult times. How are they 
able to show such confidence in an invisible God? What's their 
secret? The answer, of course, is revealed throughout the pages of the 
   As today's Scripture teaches, a person of strong faith lives 
"on every word that comes from the mouth of God." Strong faith first 
takes in the sweet milk of God's Word - and then cuts its teeth on the 
meat. Strong faith feeds on the Bread of Heaven. If you want great 
faith, then double-check the condition of your soul. Is it thin and 
frail? Weak and emaciated? Get away from the distraction of TV, phones, 
and devices and reengage with the Word of Life. 
   Lord, I have been feeding on the wrong things. Shallow 
things. Empty things. Things that won't fill me up and can't help me. 
And I seem to lose strength so quickly! I lose my grip on Your 
precious truths that have kept me going through the years. Open Your Word 
to me. Pour Your life into me. Renew my strength today. [A 
Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby]  


   I remember being present some years ago in a church in South 
Wales when a debate was held between a university professor and an 
ordinary coal miner. The subject was: "Is the Bible true?" The university 
professor presented his arguments in a clear fashion, and I remember 
feeling quite sorry for the miner as I imagined some of the difficulties 
he might face when making his reply. After the professor had 
finished, the miner stood to his feet. And for over an hour, I witnessed 
one of the most amazing demonstrations of the Holy Spirit at work 
that I have ever seen in my life.  
   The miner began by asking everyone to bow their heads as he 
prayed a prayer which went something like this: Lord, I have not had 
much education, but You know that I love Your Word and have spent my 
life searching its pages. Help me now to say something that will 
convince my friends here that Your Word is true. He then proceeded to 
demolish the arguments of the professor simply by quoting appropriate 
Scriptures without making even a simple comment.  
   When he finished, there was thunderous applause. The 
professor's well-articulated, highly intellectual arguments had been torn to 
pieces by the sharp edges of the sword of the Spirit - by that and by 
that alone.  
   O Father, the more I hear, the more I want to hear. For I was 
created by Your Word, designed according to Your Word, and I can never 
remain content until I am indwelt with Your Word. Teach me even more. 
In Jesus name. Amen. [Every Day With Jesus Bible with Selwyn 
Hughes devotionals re Proverbs 4:3-4] 


God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is 
made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything 
else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself 
is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our 
spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is 
just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without 
bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart 
from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. C. S. 
Lewis in Mere Christianity  

Every day I have the honor of sitting down with a book that 
contains the words of the One who created me. Every day I have the 
opportunity to let him give me a thought or two on how to live. If I don't 
do what he says, he doesn't burn the book or cancel my 
subscription. If I disagree with what he says, lightning doesn't split my 
swivel chair or an angel doesn't mark my name off the holy list. If I 
don't understand what he says, he doesn't call me a dummy. In fact, he 
calls me "Son," and on a different page explains what I don't 
understand. In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado [Inspirational SB] 





Most Important Decision in Life: 

A Man without Equal by Bill Bright: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiVa7UoruIo [old, but one of the best] 

Importance of Choice: 
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]  

Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782

Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE

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