Today’s Scripture: “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.” Matthew 4:4
Okay. I know how this looks. This looks like I wrote yesterday’s message while looking ahead to today’s, but I promise you I didn’t. We got to this verse a bit yesterday, and now it’s our main text for today’s message. I’m sorry. We talked about the Nourishment of the Word of God on Monday. See, my job has my days all messed up. Yesterday was pretty good we talked about how the Bible is the only book that is absolutely 100% truth. It’s totally non-fiction. It’s dependable, and works for any and all situations in our lives.
Today, we’re back to talking about how it sustains us as believers. So let’s get right into today’s message…The Sustenance of The Word.
The Bible is some times referred to as “fresh manna” from Heaven. Have you ever wondered (and this is actually one of our study questions) why the Word of God was likened to food? Remember how we talked about Jesus was and is the Word of God? Remember how what Jesus said in John 6:47-51? “am that bread of life…I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Jesus went on to offend many of the people because He began to talk about eating His flesh and drinking His blood.
So. Let’s look at this for a moment shall we? We all know what we get from drinking His blood, and we also know that His body was broken for our healing. However, do we realize that Jesus said I am the bread of life…and that the Word of God is considered manna (or bread) from Heaven. Are you drawing the same conclusion I am? Every time we read and digest something in the Word of God…we have taken a bite of the flesh of Jesus. Every time we get fresh revelation of His Word…it’s like eating that “fresh manna” from Heaven.
How do I know this? Because in the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And…the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. So, if Jesus became flesh…that means the Word became flesh. Jesus and the Word are both bread…right? So…the sustainability of the Word of God is also the Author of the Word of God.
Everything in this book is about Jesus. It’s all about Jesus. No matter what we do, no matter how we look at it…we cannot get away from the fact that the Bible is Jesus…the Bible is about Jesus…and the Bible is the main thing that sustains us.
Earlier today the Lord gave me this little nugget of gold as I was messing around on Twitter. He said: “No Word of God + No Holy Spirit = No Power” Do we really have to go back over what the Holy Spirit’s job is or can we just re-read yesterday’s message about the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us into all truth…and how the Holy Spirit never ever contradicts the Word of God. He never acts contrary to the Word of God.
Are you starting to understand why this book we call the Holy Bible is such an important part to who we are, and what we believe. It’s not just that. It’s the very life source for our walk with God. How can we walk in boldness, power, and the will of God if we don’t walk in His Word? Remember Jesus said I am the vine, you are the branches…abide in Me…get your substance from Me and you will bear much fruit. However, apart from Me…you can do NOTHING.
Again, I don’t understand why there is such a shock in the Christian community about why there are so many weak churches that have had a power outage for decades. It’s because they are disconnected from the Vine. The life blood of who we are is in The Word of God.
“Preach the Word” Paul writes. Why? Why is that so important? Why doesn’t Paul write to preach from Rick Warren or Joel Osteen’s new book? Why doesn’t Paul write to preach some sermon you downloaded off the internet? Why doesn’t Paul write…Preach your opinion? Because the Holy Spirit isn’t going to confirm Rick Warren’s book with signs and wonders following. The Holy Spirit isn’t going to move based upon a good point that Joel Osteen writes. The Holy Spirit isn’t going to perform a miracle based upon your opinion or mine. The Holy Spirit only confirms the Word of God with signs and wonders following.
Take a good look at your church. Are people being healed or are they always sick? Are people being set free or are they bound by sin? Are people getting saved or are they just coming to watch a good performance by the worship band? Let me give you a hint. If people aren’t getting saved, healed delivered, set free, or totally on fire for the Lord…there’s a really good chance the Word of God isn’t spoken there…and that means your church has a power outage…and the only way to get it back is to get the Bible open and start reading.
Listen, I am not saying anything against Rick Warren’s books. I’m sure they are great reads full of good solid wisdom and understanding from a very good and well-known pastor. However, preaching from his book on Sunday is not going to bring the power of God…the only way to bring the power of God into any service is to “Preach the Word”.
If you want to see your life start to take on some power, anointing, and the ability to do some things…then start reading the Word of God. Start listening to the Word of God. Get the Word in you…feed on the Word…eat on it…chew on it…meditate upon it. I don’t care what it is you do to get more Word of God in you…but do it.
Jesus said that there is sustainability in the Word of God when He told the devil that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. He’s saying that the Word of God is able to do more to sustain our souls than anything in this world…including food. Food only feeds the flesh…the Word of God…the living Word of God…the Bread of Life…He says if you eat of His flesh you’ll never go hungry.
I’ll close with this last thought…and maybe you can do some chewing. In the Be-Attitudes Jesus said…Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled. Are you feeling a little malnourished spiritually? How long has it been since YOU fed yourself upon the Word of God?
Midnight snack anyone?
- Why would the Bible be compared to food?
- How do we get the Bible to be our food every day?
Conclusion & Prayer:
The Word of God is our substance. It sustains us. It nourishes us. It’s so much more than just a book we read. It’s so easy to overlook how important the Word of God is to the life of a believer especially when so many 88% don’t read their Bibles every day. That would explain why only a few Christians…12% experience real power in their lives…it’s because they feed upon the Word of God on a daily basis.
Imagine if we ate as often as we read our Bibles. No there’s some food for thought.
Father, thank You for the sustaining power of Your Word. Help us to desire more of the Word in our lives. Help us to understand that this Bible that’s our Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth is much more than just a book we read or don’t read when we feel like it…but the very source of power to those of us who read it in some form or fashion every day. We love You and praise You and glorify You. In Jesus’ name…Amen & Amen