Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
We do not live on bread alone…
“During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”” (Matthew 4:3–4, NLT)
While it is true we Do NOT live by bread alone and it is true that we DO live by every word that comes from the mouth of God. The word of God says this about bread. “Give us today our daily bread…” (Matthew 6:11, LEB) One of my favorite sayings goes like this: “We do not live by bread alone, but we can’t live without it either.” The devil knew Jesus was hungry. The devil knows we get hungry too. The devil used Jesus’ growling stomach against his better judgment, in order to undermine his relationship with God. The devil also uses our appetite against our better judgment in order to undermine our relationship with Jesus.
When we go below the surface the devil’s confrontation with Jesus isn’t just about food it’s also about Jesus’ weakened physical condition after all he had been fasting for 40 days in a not-so-friendly-environment. The devil knows when we are hungry (not just for food) and physically exhausted like Jesus we’re vulnerable to the devils suggestions.
However, here’s what the devil refused to acknowledge Jesus may have been hungry and physically exhausted but because of his dependency on God he was spiritually strong. Jesus knew out of his dependency on God when he was weak God would make him strong. For the apostle Paul it was out of his relationship with Jesus that enabled him to write, “That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10, NLT)
Jesus was a name dropper, he used God’s name. Paul was a name dropper, he used Jesus’ name. We too can be name droppers because like Paul we KNOW Jesus and what we KNOW about Jesus will sustain us when we are at our weakest. “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:31–33, NLT, emphasis mine)
Anticipate! Experience! Believe! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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