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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”.

Our Lord Jesus said that man can and must live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. This is perfect truth and very refreshing.

2nd Timothy 3:16,17 reads “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto every good work”. God’s word is our standard for living. God’s word have creative power and can cause to manifest that which is not there (Romans 4:17). God’s word is a lamb unto our feet and light for or path (Psalm 119:105). God’s word is medicine for our bodies (Proverbs 4:22). God’s word is alive and powerful, it is also sharper than any two edged sword. (Hebrews 4:12). God’s word is God Himself In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.(John 1 ;1-2

God’s word is the best choice to rule your life. Indeed man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the word of God. We have to live by it. This vast and unreachable universe made up of billions of galaxies are held in place by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). It is sheer stupidity for a man to ignore God’s word and try to make any headway in life. Some may seem to be making something with their lives without God, yet their loss is too vast. Submission to the word brings peace (Phil.4:6) There is no man * without Christ who has true peace. Some may try to create some mechanical peace, yet they know very well that, they don’t have real peace.

Submission to God’s word gives God access to dominate your life and act through you. The Christian is God living in a man acting through Him. What on earth can overcome such a man?

 CONFESSION

God’s word is my delight. It is my life and breath. By His word I am more than a conqueror and life is really worth living because of the word the dictates whatever I do.

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 112:1-8 ” Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth forever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall not be moved forever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies”.

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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. .

CONFESSION
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.

FURTHER STUDIES.

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”.

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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”.

When Satan came, tempting the Lord He replied with the word of God.

What would He have done if He knew not the word of God? Too many Christians are held captives by so many schemes of the devil because they do not have the right answers for the devil. Satan may attack one’s morals, or finances, commitment to the work of God, health and many more. The Christian must not be defeated in any of these cases. A lot of Christians have become failure minded such that, they accept the saying “to err is human”. This mindset makes them easily give in to the advances of the devil.

Please child of God you are born an overcomer. 1st John 5:4 ” For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that overcomes the world even our faith”. You have been born an overcomer and must not accept any defeatist mentality, No! Get to know the truth, for the weapon of the enemy is lies. John 8:32 says “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”. How can one know the truth if he or she does not take time to study and meditate on the scriptures? 2nd Timothy 2:15 instructs us as follows “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. The word “study” also means be “diligent “. It means do your best to show yourself approved unto God, right dividing the word of truth.

When you are able to rightly divide or apply the word you would have a ready answer for the devil whenever he shows up. The Lord Jesus was never found wanting when He was tempted, He spoke out the sword of the spirit and the devil was cut to pieces.

Use the sword of the spirit rightly all the time and you would never be found wanting.

   CONFESSION

The word of God is forever in my heart and on my lips, ready for any eventuality that shows up. By the word Satan and his demons are always cut into size

FURTHER STUDIES.

Joshua 1:8 ” This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”.

Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”:

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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.”

Our Lord Jesus was tempted by the devil (to break God’s word to satisfy his hunger). The Lord stood His grounds and pushed away the schemes of the devil.

Many people fail in such times, why? Apostle James gives us some answers to this. James 1:13-15. In verse 14, the word says, “But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed”. From James statement does it mean that when the individual is not drawn away by his own lust then he is not tempted? I think that is exactly what he is saying. From this verse Ii see two aspects in every temptation.

  1. The condition that put a strain on one’s desire.
  2. One’s negative response (lust) to the condition.

In every temptation, there is the trial that is the condition posing as a test and the person’s negative, response which the apostle James calls temptation. This second aspect is a process:

1 It starts with lust drawing one away from God’s word.

  1. The next stage is enticement; where one is deceived or caught by a bait. This is the stage where the heart is hardened according to Hebrews 3:13 “But exhort one another daily while it is called today: lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin”.

3 At the third stage Apostle James said lust conceives and finally the act is committed (gives birth to Sin).

4 .At the final stage when sin is finished, it brings forth death (James 1:15)

Dear child of God this should not be your portion. The Christian is not in the flesh to live after the flesh. Romans 8:9. “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit…..”.

Use your tongue to reverse this wrong process of temptation. The Lord Jesus said it is written and then quoted the scripture. Tell the devil and your flesh that it is written, “That I am are not in the flesh to live after the flesh”. Tell the devil and your flesh again, it is written. “Sin shall not have dominion over me”. (Romans 6:14).

Remember that the right use of the tongue bridles or controls the whole body (James 3:2).

Don’t go down into the valley of sin, speak your way unto the mountain of Holiness.

 CONFESSION

I am not in the flesh to obey the dictates of the flesh, rather i am in the Spirit and so I am subjected to the ways and instructions of the Spirit which is the word of God. I live above every temptation of the devil in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES.

James 3:2 “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body”.

Romans 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his”.

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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”.

In our previous study we learnt that the Lord Jesus answered the devil. Today we would consider what Jesus said and it’s implication

When Satan attempted to tempt the Lord, he (Jesus) did not attempt to consider the word of the devil whether it was true or not. He did not argue with the devil. The Lord went straight to the divine law of truth, the word of God. He said it is written. God’s word is written in the bible and it is also settled forever in Heaven, for His faithfulness is unto all generations (Psalm 119:89,90).To confess ; is to say the same thing in consent. Confession is a way of endorsing what you believe as it has been declared by God. Romans 10:10 says “For with the heart man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. You are saved by what you say. God always looks up to our confession of what we have believed to affect our salvation in every area of our lives.

If the devil attacks your body with any infirmity, you speak out what is written in the bible and is also settled in heaven. The scripture says in 1st Peter 2:24b, “…..by whose stripes you were healed”. You likewise believe and say, “by His stripes I am healed”. Please note that every word of the devil is a lie or half-truth. John 8:44. “You are of your Father the devil, and the lusts of your Father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in Him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own, for he is a lair and the Father of it”. Please read carefully what the word says about our adversary. He is a liar, and the Father of all liars. He cannot speak the truth.

Please learn this, although his (Satan) words are lies, believing a thing have the power to create that thing. If you believe Satan’s lies, that thing which appears to be so would materialize. Your way out is to turn away from Satan’s words to tell him the truth. IT IS WRITTEN

 CONFESSION

The written word of God is the eternal truth. I live by the Lord and declare that what God has said about me is the truth. I am walking in victory, power, health, peace and blessings in Jesus name..

FURTHER STUDIES.

Genesis 1:2-3 “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light”.

Psalms 119:89-90 “Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.”

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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 first part of our key scripture says, “But He answered and said”. Satan’s words must always be answered. When Satan spoke into Jesus’ mind, he, the devil attempted to introduced doubt into Him. This doubtful word if allowed to linger, could have affected Him.

Dear child of God every word of the devil is potent with destruction, death, doubt, fear and every negative thing. His words must not go unanswered. In Mark 5:35, 36 the Lord was requested by Jairus to come and heal his daughter who was sick. As he went along with Jesus, certain men came and told him, he should not bother the master because his daughter was dead. In verse 36 the Lord Jesus said “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken he said unto the ruler of the synagogue, be not afraid only believe”.

Beloved do not allow any word Satan gives you to go unanswered. The word came in Jairus case to kill his faith. Your faith is your divine hand to receive your miracle. When your faith is washed off, Satan’s program would prevail. If somebody tells you any evil word, don’t keep quiet over it, answer back. Don’t accept a death sentence from the doctor when God has said all things are possible to him that believes. Speak back to him who told you whatever death sentence; that, the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you and he has given life to your mortal body (Romans 8:11).

Silence often means consent. Isaiah 53:1, says “who has believed our report”. Whose report would you believe? Satan’s report or God’s? Note God’s report can’t come to you until you have answered what Satan told you.

When the devil said, if you are the son of God….” The Lord refuted his doubting words with His corresponding answer.  “it is written, man shall not live by bread but by every word that proceeds  from the mouth of God.

  CONFESSION

Satan would never have the last words over any situation in my life, I would always answer him with God’s word which is the truth in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”.

Mark 5:35-36 ” While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe”.

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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”.

Our Lord Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights.  The Lord was hungry and it was at this point that the devil came to tempt Him.

The devil did not appear physical as He did in Genesis chapter three, when He came to tempt Eve. He spoke the words into His mind. Please understand that every contrary impression suggestion, idea that flies through your mind comes from an evil source. Many Christians even accept these thoughts as their own. The bible speaks of casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…..”(2nd Corinth 10:5) Don’t give any attention to ANY contrary view of any sort. It may seem harmless yet the source is deadly and would destroy or rob you of your eternal blessings.

The bible says Satan came after the Lord was hungry. Satan is an opportunist. He comes at your weakest moments. He can even create the conditions for your fall. He may stir up your emotions, agitate your feelings but there is one thing he cannot do. The devil can never take or make a decision for you. It is a big error when people accuse the devil as the one who made them to sin. Dear child of God, it is not in the power of Satan to make you decide to do wrong… Satan will influence, coerce, stir, but he does not have that right. In 1st Chronicles 21:1 the bible said “And Satan stood up against David to number Israel”. In this instant it came as a suggestion. It was up to David to refuse or yield. Unfortunately he yielded although Joab, David’s army general asked him not to do so. (1st Chronicles 21:1-4).

The Lord Jesus said to the devil “it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. The Lord could not be tempted to commit sin because He had made up His mind not to. A decided mind cannot be tempted.

Please make up your mind to stand for God, no matter the pressure.

 CONFESSION

The devil always strikes at the weakest moments. I have made up my mind to honour the Lord and never give any occasion for the flesh.

FURTHER STUDIES.

James 1:13-15 ” Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death”.

Galatians 5:13 “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another”.

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