MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE
In the Gospel of Matthew 4:4 and Luke 4:4, the statement, "Man shall not live by bread alone" is recorded as well as being recorded in the book of Deuteronomy 8:3. There must be a very important reason for our Lord to have this statement recorded at least three different times.
Man is made up different ways. He has physical needs that must be met. Everyone must have a certain amount of bread to eat, he must have water to drink, and comfort for the body. Man is more than flesh and blood. Inside of every one of us is a soul and spirit that must be fed also.
The spirit of man cannot be fed on bread as the flesh is fed. The spirit of man must have spiritual food to nourish the spirit he has within him. If I hear what Jesus is saying, he is saying every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God is the food that feeds the spirit of man. As a matter of fact, Jesus went so far as to say there must be a spiritual birth we each must have. John 3:3.
You and I get hungry and we start thinking about what we can eat. Hunger pains set in and we are not satisfied until we find what we are craving. Sometimes we are undecided what we want, but we know there must be something to satisfy the hunger we have. Did you ever eat and after eating say, "I'm still hungry. Look out kitchen, here we come."
Man's spirit is also in need of food. This food must come from the Lord. No one can eat for us. We must sit down at the Lord's table and feed our soul and spirit as well as we must eat the correct physical food. God's word is food for the spirit of man. Thy word have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against Thee. Psalms 119:11.
When you eat the word of God you have strength to resist sin. Sin dogs the tracks of us all but the one that is strong in spirit has power to resist the temptations of life. Prayer is the way we gain strength. When we pray we take in energy that makes us stronger, trials will come to us all, those that are strong will be able to resist and overcome the trials of life. Example: All of us know that some day we shall die and leave this world. Are we going to sit around and worry all of our life about dying or are we going to get ourselves in tune with the Lord and leave that day up to him? I have chosen to get right and stay in tune with the Lord, and when he calls I will be ready to go.
Fellowship: While our Lord Jesus was here he established the church for us to have fellowship with each other and win others to him. You can misuse the church while here and later you will be rewarded or you can be part of the fellowship of his family and gain a lot of strength for the everyday trials you and I will all face.
The invitation to you is: settle things with you and the Lord. Live your life each day to please him and you will hear our Lord some day say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord."