Topic: Spiritual Nourishment Comes Through Our Devotion.
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
1 Kings 1-2
Matthew 4:4 (MSG) — Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.”
Matthew 4:4 (NLT) — But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
As we read more into the subject of a devotional life, we realize that it’s not just a nice suggestion, but a vital necessity for a child of God. Without having time alone with the Lord, it’s impossible to grow and advance in the Christian life! It is absolutely essential and important if we want to experience growth and maturity as Christians. 1 Peter 2:2 tells us, “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby”. We must desire spiritual food, spiritual milk, to see fruit and growth.
Consider this question, have you gone a day without eating? If you live like this continuously, you will end up weak and ill. The same applies to our spiritual life, because the Bible is the necessary food for our development as Christians. If we go too long without devotional time with God, we will feel spiritually weak and sick. This is a sad reality for many today, there are many Christians who make it and survive on one meal a week (some, maybe two) in their attendance at church on Sundays.
But just as you could not survive long with one or two meals a week physicaly, how can you do it without a rich daily devotion? Certainly, we can not have health and grow as Christians without having fellowship with the Lord! We must pray that we never lose the hunger and desire to be in the presence of God daily. Let us Pray that the same desire that possessed the Psalmist, would posses us when he declared, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”(Psalm 42:1-2).
John 4:34 (NKJV) — Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
Romans 15:4 (NKJV) — For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Job 23:12 (NKJV) I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.
Psalms 42:1-2 (NKJV) As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?