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The Word Of God: The Most Needed Food

Text: Matthew 4:1-11    IBCSS    July 23, 2006

Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar

 

      Countless people from different parts of the world cry for food daily; it's their craving to be fed physically but their spiritual being is being deprived because of their deceitful priorities in life. As a result, they survive physically for few years then die without knowing the way to eternal life. Truly, the Word of God is the most needed food of man at all times, but such need is overlooked because of spiritual unawareness. Its value and benefits to man's whole being are appreciated by only few people whose hearts are set on things above. Evidently, natural men are more interested in physical rather than spiritual matters and their lives are focused on what the world is offering them than what God wants them to realize. Blessed is the man that loves the Word more than the things of the world. The power of God will be greatly manifested through his life especially when Satan tempts him in an intense degree.     

 

   The temptation of the Lord Jesus in the wilderness gives us a wider knowledge and a deeper understanding concerning the importance of God's Word. In Matthew 4:3-4, it is written, And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 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. (KJV) Through these verses, we could realize the shielding-power of the Scriptures during fiery trials and temptations. The Lord wants us to rely on His Word, not on the tricky counsel of the tempter.

 

   In times of survival, God wants our spiritual being to be fed first and to be strengthened so we may have the power to resist the tempter's deceitful offer designed to trap us through flesh-friendly things.

 

   Souls are dying and going to hell. What a truth when Jesus said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." From generation to generation, numberless people have been deceived by the devil through his demonic enticement. Millions of people are perishing because of lack of spiritual knowledge, and certainly, the devil is taking advantage of the sad situation because some professing Christians are not even doing anything for the furtherance of the Gospel and they have indifferent attitude toward supporting the Truth. May the sad news we hear today stir up the hearts of true Christians to consistently spread the Good News so the lost may find their way to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

                           

                   (I) Food For Our Spiritual Being

    Matthew 4:1-4

    -For our spiritual growth and strength

 

   We cannot imagine the number of people living in this world who are really aware that they have physical, emotional and spiritual life form. And who can understand that without the Word of God, man is spiritually dry and weak? Even a believer will never grow as he should if he has an indifferent attitude toward the Bible. His life will be tossed to and fro by the wind of questionable teachings and lifestyles and he will be easily deceived by the adversary.

 

   In I Peter 2:2, it says, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: Without the Word of God, Christian's spiritual growth is impossible, but through it, spiritual maturity is attainable.           

 

   -For our spiritual knowledge, understanding and wisdom

 

   We firmly believe that believers who have gained a considerable level of spiritual knowledge, understanding and wisdom are the kind of Christians that are not easily trapped by the devil's snare. A believer who is well-fed spiritually with the Word of God will stay forever on the winning side. As he submits himself to God and resists the devil, surely, the devil will flee from him as what the Bible promised in James 4:7.

          

                   (II) Guards Us From Temptation

     Matthew 4:5-7

     -It gives spiritual soundness

 

      Spiritual soundness is a gift from God and could be well-maintained through loving the Word of God and observing its principles. Awareness of its principles and power guards believers from the devil's progressive attacks.           

 

   From time to time, the devil will try to steal the believers' moral and spiritual soundness by tempting them in different ways, but we thank the Lord because through His Word, we are being equipped to face the tempter with courage and integrity.

 

   In Matthew 4:5-7, it is written, Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (KJV) These passages from the Bible reveal how the devil wants his potential victim to be destroyed physically and mentally through pride of life. He even uses the scriptures so he can manipulate people who have little knowledge of the Word. Praise God because through the above verses, we realize the importance of standing firm on the Scriptures in times of temptation.  

 

                   (III) Keeps Us From False Worship

      Matthew 4:8-11

      -It keeps us well-focused on the true object of worship

 

   The devil is not easily convinced that a believer is really strong in all areas of his life, so he uses lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life that he may trap him in many ways. He does not only try to attract our physical body and emotion, but tries also to divert our true object of worship, as what he did to test the Lord Jesus Christ.       

 

   In Matthew 4:8-11, it is written, Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. (KJV) Can you imagine how the tempter underestimated the strength of our Lord when he offered Him such vain things? Well, if the devil tried our Lord, do you think he wouldn't try us also? Anytime and anywhere, his fiery darts are positioned toward us.

 

   Through the ages, countless people and even professing believers become victims of the tempter, trapped by his deceitful snares and led to shame and tragic life. Sometimes we wonder why many believers are becoming unfaithful to their spiritual commitment and gradually gravitating to spiritual indifference. One major reason could be that they never had a special love for the Word of God.

 

   In Ephesians 6:10-20, it is written, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (KJV)

 

   May we be aware that the Word of God will keep us strong and wise as we fight against the host of darkness. Through the Bible account of the temptation of Christ and the way He overcame the devil, God made us realize that man is truly in need of the Word of God so he may live a God-pleasing life.         

 

 

 

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