6 Jan

“…Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”  (Matthew 4:4 NIV).

Jesus quoted this scripture (originally from Deuteronomy) during his temptation by the devil in the dessert. It’s a familiar verse to me and I’m sure to many.

For some reason (probably because of my own conscious need to chew on less actual food following the season of sweets), I kept saying this verse over and over in my mind the other morning after it was part of my reading. That’s when a brand new thought occurred to me.

I’d always thought of “the word of God” as the scripture – and absolutely believe this is correct application (see 2 Tim. 3:16). However, the spoken word of God is itself power. He spoke all creation into existence, the heavens and the earth. Gathering the water, creating vegetation, inventing and giving life to every creature, every person. All of this was done at the command of God’s voice. God’s declaration, God’s words.

So, the scripture is God’s word. We are to live by it. Likewise, God has control and ability to speak over any situation. Regardless of the circumstance, if God speaks life – there is life! Christ knew this power intimately even while in an earthly body, and Christ overcame the temptation to doubt it or circumvent it during his forty days in the desert.  

Now this verse encourages me the same way 2 Cor. 5:7 does, “We walk by faith, not by sight.”

Today’s Passages: Genesis 16: 1 – 18:19; Matthew 6:1 – 24; Psalms 7:1 – 17; Proverbs 2: 1- 5


2 Responses to “Hungry?”

  1. Lena Jackson January 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    I am very impressed with you Jeanette, and I appreciate your insight on the scripture. God bless you and keep you in His care, discipline and obedience. I, too, enjoyed being with all of you.

  2. Brenda Selman January 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    What a wonderful way to stay accountable for reading through the bible! I pray He will give you great insight as He speaks to you daily through His word. (I’ll keep a check on your progress)

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