KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 4:4 ” 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.”
The Lord Jesus answered the devil and said “it is written that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”.
In this very temptation Satan wanted the Lord to break the order of waiting for proper time to break his fast, and also to abuse his authority to turn stones into bread to satisfy His hunger. The Lord told him that the things of the flesh is not the ultimate.
This thought is a very important idea to hold.
Many people easily fall for all sorts of carnal things. Many men live as if there is no God who rules in the affairs of men. The Lord Jesus gave a statement in Luke 12:15 as follows ” And He said unto them. Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things he possesseth”. The material things we have and use are good but they must never dictate our behaviour and actions.
In the Lord’s temptation Satan was calling on Him to break God’s word and order ,to choose something carnal. This area of temptation remains Satan’s number one strategy to trap most men. Christians may be striving with each other because of something carnal. The desire for wealth have caused a number of people and even Christians to act in ways that are simply out of place. Some people have consulted with devils to be given power to make wealth. Some commit grievous sacrifices of all sorts of things so they could get this money rituals.
Please dear child of God or dear reader please heed the caution of the Lord. What does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and lose his soul? (Matthew 16:26). What would a man give in exchange of his soul?
O men, when are we going to learn. Just go to the refuse dump and you would learn that, that thing for which you are sacrificing your precious soul would one day become waste and would be a nuisance for you to keep at home. It would be only useful for the refuse dump.
Your soul will live with you into eternity but non of these carnal things would. .
Bread or carnal things have its usefulness, yet they are not everything. I would never allow these things to take the place of God in my life. I will always put God first.
Matthew 16:26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Genesis 3:6-7 “” And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons”.