One morning I was thinking about the verse “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God (Luke 4:4). I thought about it because even though I was hungry I purposed in my heart to read my Bible which I do every morning. I thought about this verse and reflected on it.
“Man shall not live on bread alone but by God’s spoken word.” Food is not our only source of nourishment or sustainence but the living, breathing word of God.
In Luke 4:4, Jesus was quoting Moses who said in Deuteronomy 8:3, “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”
God’s word saves, transforms, converts, heals, encourages people. It brings joy, gives hope. It protects, convicts, guides, teaches, instructs. It gives direction. It draws us closer to God. It reveals God, His ways, His will–everything about Him. It testifies of Jesus. It is our shield. It is our defense against the devil. If man lived by bread alone, it would be easy for a person to fall into temptation.
Jesus was hungry when He was in the wilderness and the devil wanted to use that hunger to tempt Him into trusting in His own power rather than in trusting in the Father. The devil wanted to use Jesus’ hunger to get Him to disobey the Father but Jesus used God’s Word which is living and powerful to defeat the enemy.
God’s Word works. It worked in defeating the devil who failed to tempt Jesus. He tried three times when Jesus seemed vulnerable but he failed all three times. In Isaiah 55:11, God said, “So also is My Word. I send it out and it always produces fruit. It shall accomplish all I want it to, and prosper everywhere I send it.”
When we refuse to believe the lies of the enemy and believe and confess the things that God’s Word says about us, we will have good health, victory, peace and prosperity in our lives. Let the Word of God produce good fruit in your life.