Matthew 4:4 - Spiritual Food Is Necessary for Spirit 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 God.'"  


The Best Way to Start and Finish Your Day
   During these days of uncertainty and 
unrest, its important to start and end your day 
by refueling your soul. Your soul is the way 
you think, feel, and choose. Just like your 
physical body has to be fed every day to stay 
healthy, so does your soul. If you're not feeding 
your soul, youre going to be drained 
emotionally and spiritually. 
   So how do you refuel your soul? By 
getting into God's Word every day. Jesus said, "Man 
shall not live on bread alone, but on every word 
that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4 
NIV). The Bible is life! You dont just read it 
when you have a problem and need some advice. You 
dont open it up just when you need a pick-me-up. 
You feed on it every day so that you are 
consistently nourished and growing in truth and love. 
   Do not begin your day by scrolling 
through your phone or listening to the news. Dont 
let the last thing that fills your mind each day 
be something on the TV. None of those things 
are going to feed your soul. 
   If you only develop one new habit during 
this pandemic, let it be starting and ending your 
day in Gods Word. Wherever you leave your 
Bible leave it open if you can. If the Bible is 
closed, you will have a tendency to overlook it. But 
if you leave it open to where you read last 
time, youll have an easier time remembering to 
be consistent in Bible reading. 
   It doesn't matter how long you read. It 
matters how you let Gods Word change you - how 
you see yourself and others in light of Gods 
love, how you view your circumstances, and how 
your relationship with God deepens and grows. 
   "The Sovereign Lord has given me his 
words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the 
weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my 
understanding to his will" (Isaiah 50:4 NLT). 
   Are you weary and worn down? Nourish your 
soul and stay emotionally healthy by starting and 
ending each day with the Word of God. [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 



   Remember that time you got ticked off 
trying to find a verse in the Bible and couldn't? 
That was almost as bad as the day you decided to 
read a couple of chapters and got hung up on 
"Nazirite"  or scratched your head over "cubit." 
   These are like hardened, glazed coverings 
that suddenly obscure our understanding of God's 
truth. The pick and shovel of good intentions 
simply will not cut through. Sharper tools than 
that are needed, believe me! 
   Listen, you don't have to be a 
theological brain to dig into God's riches  but you 
do need some mining equipment. These tools are 
basic to intelligent, meaningful Bible study. They 
will enable you to find most of the answers you 
need, and they are as easy to use as your TV 
guide. There are at least four you should have on 
   A BIBLE CONCORDANCE. It contains an 
alphabetical index of all the terms found in the Bible, 
and it comes in handy when you want to put your 
finger on a particular verse but can only remember 
a few words in it. It's also invaluable if you 
want a complete list of all the verses using the 
same word. 
   The best concordances available are 
Robert Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible 
and James Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the 
Bible. I must also add W. E. Vine's Expository 
Dictionary of New Testament Words for you who are 
serious students, wanting to learn the shades of 
meaning and theological implications of different 
New Testament terms. 
   A BIBLE DICTIONARY. It is more than a 
list of words and definitions. It's like a 
one-volume encyclopedia, containing vital information 
on people, places, doctrines, customs, and 
cultural matters. I recommend either Unger's Bible 
Dictionary (well illustrated, scholarly but readable) 
or the New Bible Dictionary (contains longer 
articles on technical subjects). 
   A BIBLE ATLAS. The most popular is 
Baker's Bible Atlas. Another reliable one is The 
Macmillan Bible Atlas, containing over 250 different 
maps. If you can't afford an atlas, at least 
purchase a good set of biblical maps. 
single-volume book that offers comments and insights on 
every chapter in the Word of God. Hands down, my 
favorite is The Wycliffe Bible Commentary edited by 
Pfeiffer and Harrison. It is reliable and well 
arranged. [Many would add the Life Application Study 
Bible which is about the best for Biblical 
application to life] 
   Don't delay now. Get those tools you need 
soon  and don't let them rust on you! 
   It's amazing how a few of the right 
tools, when used correctly, can open God's 
   It doesnt take a theological brain to 
dig into God's riches. These tools help you find 
answers you need. [Chuck Swindoll www.insight.org.] 


The person without the Spirit does not 
accept the things that come from the Spirit of God 
but considers them foolishness, and cannot 
understand them because they are discerned only through 
the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV) 

God intends that even in this life the 
truths of His word shall be ever unfolding to His 
people. There is only one way in which this 
knowledge can be obtained. We can attain to an 
understanding of God's word only through the illumination 
of that Spirit by which the word was given. {SC 

   Without the aid of God's Spirit, the 
brightest human mind will never understand the 
simplest spiritual truth. That kind of truth is 
revealed only by a divine encounter, not through 
study, for Truth is a Person. Jesus is Truth. The 
Spirit of God brings us to Christ and then unlocks 
the door to our understanding of spiritual 
realities. People who are unwilling to accept that 
Jesus is who He says He is can do nothing but 
follow a lie. People who accept Jesus as God's Son 
- and who welcome Him into their lives as 
Savior and Lord - continue to receive the Holy 
Spirit's help in understanding God's truth. 
   Consider, for instance, that God chose 
the way of the cross for salvation of sinful 
humanity. Its raw agony, the public humiliation, and 
the excruciatingly painful death were extreme 
measures reflecting our intense need for liberation 
from sin. No one could have predicted the cross, 
and "Christ crucified  [was] foolishness" to 
the Greeks (1:23) and it still is to many 
   But an encounter with Truth plus a Holy 
Spirit-empowered understanding results in faith - and keeps 
our faith growing. [Being Still With God Every 
Day by Henry Blackaby] 

   Why are the Scriptures described as a 
sword provided by the Holy Spirit? Quite simply, 
it is the Holy Spirit who has given us the 
Scriptures. They come altogether from Him. 
   It was the Holy Spirit who inspired men 
to write them: "Moved by the Holy Spirit, men 
spoke from God" (2Pt 1:21). Again in 2 Timothy 
3:16 we read: "All Scripture is inspired by God" 
- a statement which assures us that the 
Scriptures come from the Holy Spirit. 
   The Bible is not a mere human document. 
The Holy Spirit breathed into men and inspired 
them to write the way they did. This does not 
mean that the people who wrote the Scriptures did 
so mechanically, in the way that a dictating 
machine would record someone's dictation. The Holy 
Spirit used their natural way of expression but 
gave them an additional ability to write without 
   It is vital, if you are to win the battle 
against Satan, that you not only see this truth but 
believe it. When you consider how powerful Satan is, 
you need something that is even more powerful. 
The Bible, the inspired Word of God, is your 
   One step further - only the Holy Spirit 
can enable us truly to understand God's Word: 
"We have not received the spirit of the world, 
but the Spirit who is from God, in order to know 
what has been freely given to us by God" (1Co 
2:12). Without the Holy Spirit, we would be no more 
able to understand the Scriptures than a blind 
man could judge a beauty contest. 
   Gracious Holy Spirit, just as You 
breathed into the Bible to give it its life and 
power, breathe also into my heart today so that I 
might know and understand its truth. I ask this in 
Jesus' name. Amen. [Every Day With Jesus Bible with 
Selwyn Hughes devotional] 


   In Matthew 4:4 above, our Lord compares 
the Word of God to our daily bread, thereby 
teaching us a great lesson. We know bread is 
indispensable to life. We all understand this. However 
strong a person may be, if he has no nourishment, 
he will grow weaker, and he will die. If an 
illness prevents me from eating, I will die. It is 
the same with the Word of God. The Word contains 
a heavenly principle and works powerfully in 
those who believe. 
   Bread must be eaten. I may know all about 
bread. I may have bread and give it to others. I 
may have bread in my house and on my table in 
great abundance, but that will not help me unless 
I eat it. Similarly, a mere knowledge of God's 
Word and even the preaching of it to others will 
not benefit me. It is not enough to think about 
it. Rather, I must feed on God's Word and take 
it into my heart and life. In love and 
obedience I must take hold of the words of God and let 
them take full possession of my heart. Then they 
will indeed be words of life. 
   Bread must be eaten daily, and the same 
is true of God's Word. The psalmist wrote, 
"Blessed is the man... [whose] delight is in the law 
of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate 
day and night" (Psalm 1:1-2); "O how I love thy 
law! it is my meditation all the day" (Psalm 
119:97). To secure a strong and powerful spiritual 
life, an intake of God's Word every day is 
   When He was on earth, the Lord Jesus 
learned, loved, and obeyed the Word of the Father. If 
you seek fellowship with Him, you will find Him 
in His Word. Christ will teach you to commune 
with the Father through the Word, just as He did 
on earth. You will learn, like Him, to live 
solely for the glory of God and the fulfillment of 
His Word. [Andrew Murray 365-Day Devotional 
Bible by Barbour] 


Wait Upon God
   The more I think of and pray about the 
religious situation in our country, the deeper my 
conviction becomes that Christians do not realize that 
the aim of conversion is to bring them into 
daily fellowship with the Father in heaven. 
   For the believer, taking time each day 
with God's Word and in prayer is indispensable. 
Each day we need to wait upon God for His 
presence and His love to be revealed. 
   It is not enough at conversion to accept 
forgiveness of sins or even to surrender to God. That is 
only a beginning. We must understand that we have 
no power on our own to maintain our spiritual 
life. We need to receive daily new grace from 
heaven through fellowship with the Lord Jesus. This 
cannot be obtained by a hasty prayer or a 
superficial reading of a few verses from God's Word. We 
must take time to come into God's presence, to 
feel our weakness and our need, and to wait on 
God through His Holy Spirit to renew our 
fellowship with Him. Then we may expect to be kept by 
the power of Christ throughout the day. 
   It is my aim to help Christians to see 
the absolute necessity of spending time with the 
Lord Jesus. Without this, the joy and power of 
God's Holy Spirit in daily life cannot be 
experienced. [Andrew Murray 365-Day Devotional Bible by 
Barbour re Daniel 6:10] 


Matthew 4:4 - Spiritual Food for Really 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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