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The Bread of Life  October 29, 2014  (1.1.2)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Matthew 4:4:

But he {Jesus} answered {the Tempter} and said, It is written {in Deuteronomy 8:3}, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

 

Obviously, we need bread to live physically; however, to have real spiritual life empowering and motivating us, the biblical requirement is always to feed our spiritual lives with spiritual food. In the Greek Text the word for live in the verse above means to have and experience true life beyond mere existence, the life that only God can sustain by giving life out of (or from) Himself, “for in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

 

In the Greek, the word, “words” is rheema and means that which is spoken. It is a small portion of the whole (Word of God). It can represent a single word, a sentence, or a sermon from the Scriptures, and most assuredly, a rheema is what you are reading now - a Bible Byte. The word proceedeth indicates the reaching of a goal - the believer, from the very mouth of God all the way to the believer's heart (John 14:23). The words in the Bible are made up of God's love letters that we may daily assimilate in order to grow spiritually. 

 

Jesus was all alone up on the mountain (besides the Tempter), and thus, he was referring to himself (as a Man, I Timothy 2:5) when he quoted from Deuteronomy 8:3. Jesus spoke and believed in the words that he needed at that moment in time to, first, assure his heart of the truth within the Word of God; secondly, to cause satanic pressures to diminish; and thirdly, It is written to inspire those of us who would read, believe, and understand the power believers really have through knowing the words of God. 

 

Temptation so often comes to us when we are alone, either by ourselves or among strangers, and even then, we can overcome the thoughts and actions that would cause us to stray from the grace and love of God and our Savior. As believers, we can defeat the ideas and thoughts that cause error by placing God's words in our hearts and by knowing of its power to help in time of need, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalms 119:11). Jesus, as our example of walking with God, needed to believe and confess the Word of God (It is written) even when he was alone, to stand against temptation.

 

Jesus considered it necessary to know the comfort and encouragement that is recorded within the Bible, as we may also look to his example of receiving and believing in the bread of life. Jesus knew the words that came out of the mouth of God would help him live and enjoy life, just as the word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God inspires and empowers those of us who know and believe in them to be more than conquers over temptation and adversity. 

 

John 14:23:

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

 

John 15:7:

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

 

John 17:8:

For I {Jesus} have given unto them the words which thou {God} gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

 

In the Bible, we learn from Jesus’ example (John 14:23, above) that as we love and keep his words we can experience God’s love for us, because through keeping Jesus’ words we will come to know experientially the absolute certainty of both the Father and Jesus abiding within us. Then as we continue on this path through abiding in Jesus via placing his words in our hearts (John 15:7, 17:8, above), we will be enabled to ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you!

 

Jesus Christ is the golden thread to God Himself, as Jesus connects our thoughts and lives to our heavenly Father, for every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God is given in order that we may enjoy a life that is more than abundant (John 10:10).

 

We might want to think in terms of how adamant we would become about finding physical food to live if we were very hungry and apply that same drive towards spiritual nourishment, just as Jeremiah confessed, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart” (Jeremiah 15:16). Jeremiah discovered what gave his life happiness, purpose, and reason and sets a great example for us today.

 

We would be hard pressed to find someone who only ate one day a week at one sitting and enjoyed an energetic week. We can enjoy a daily dose of spiritual nourishment in the words of God that can become the joy and rejoicing of our hearts like the Prophet, Jeremiah confessed. God’s words can be served, enjoyed, and lived on by receiving byte-sized morsels, as Jesus explained in Matthew 4:4 (above).

 

John 6:63:

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I {Jesus} speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

 

When we receive and value the words that are spirit and life (spiritually alive) that are served to us from God’s whole Word, life itself will become more of a daily delight, giving us even greater satisfaction and fulfillment than we could have ever dreamed; this is our daily benefit from the bread of life.

 

Psalms 11:10-16:

-10: With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
-11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
-12: Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.
-13: With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
-14: I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
-15: I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
-16: I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. 

 

Today, all believers still need God’s Word so that we may stand against satanic pressures and enjoy life, even over temptations, just as the Psalmist wrote, Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 

With the words of God in our hearts, we can repel temptation and be victorious, as our Savior had done in the wilderness, by our believing in and confessing the words that have proceeded out of the mouth of God.


I Thessalonians 2:13 (The Amplified Bible):*

And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it].

 

Hebrews 4:12 (The Amplified Bible):*

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

 

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE. The Amplified New Testament copyright © 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.

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