What Words Do You Live By?

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Full of the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan River. The Spirit led him into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. For forty days, Jesus was among the wild animals and fasted, eating nothing at all. Afterward, it was time to eat (Eyewitness Mark 4:1,2).

Eyewitness: p.34.
In Your Bible: Exodus 15:23-27; 16:3-32; Deuteronomy 6:16; 8:3; 11:13; Psalm 91:11-12; Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12,13; Luke 4:1-13; Philippians 4:19.

What are our basic daily needs? We’d usually come up food, air, water, and probably money. However, a closer view leads us to realize we need – God!

Basic Needs Provided

When the millions of children of Israel traveled in the desert complaining they had no food, God provided manna, quail, and sweet water. More importantly, He was with them and led them by a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day. He gave sustenance and guidance to his people in need.

Yes, today we need food, air, and water. But do we consider the unmentioned key basic need – God? God’s Word (and His words) provide help in time of need, comfort in time of loss, and sustenance for the body when nothing else will help.

Jesus’ Encounter with Satan

Immediately after Jesus’ baptism, the Spirit led him into the desert to be alone and fast. Little is written about his aloneness with his heavenly Father. But Satan’s four challenges at the conclusion of his fast were dramatic and well documented.

In the desert Jesus was tired and hungry. Satan challenged Jesus to meet his need for food, commanding Jesus to turn stones into bread. No way was that doing to happen. Jesus quickly replied, “People do not live by bread only, but by everything God says” (Deuteronomy 8:3 Eyewitness).

Even at Jesus’ weakest physical state he didn’t waver, he rebuked Satan. We as believers must know what God says and use those words – Scripture conquers evil.

God’s Word will sustain us today. Believe. The Apostle Paul reminds us – ”And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NASB).

Prayer: Father, help me keep my eyes and ears on You, Your Word, and what You want me to do.

Questions:Because your relationship with God is a basic need, how do you sustain it?