The Word of God, Spiritual Food For Spirit-filled People

The word of God is alive and energetic because it is full of power. That is, the writings in the Bible are God’s power that saves all who believe. We must understand that God’s Word is the weapon that the Spirit uses to defeat our spiritual enemy. Please don’t stop now, allow 7 minutes for more of this delicious spiritual food!

Refer to Hebrews 4:11-13 (12); Romans 1:16-17 (16) and Ephesians 6:10-20 (17).

Created: Thursday, September 22, 2022

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Live by the word of God

STM Bible Lesson

Lesson focus: Luke 4:4 [read Luke 4:1-13 (4)]. Bible lesson background: Since Jesus had just ended a 40-day fast, he was very hungry (v. 2). Of course the devil took the opportunity to test Jesus. And as you’ll see, our Savior used the Word to make him stand down. ☺

The Bible Knowledge Commentary: Interestingly the Spirit led Him (Jesus) into the desert, where for 40 days He was tempted by the devil. It is not by accident that Jesus’ temptation continued for 40 days, just as Israel’s wanderings and temptation continued for 40 years in the wilderness.

Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. The Spirit led Jesus into the desert 2 where the devil tempted Jesus for 40 days. Jesus ate nothing during that time. When those days were ended, he was very hungry. Luke 4:1-2 (CEV)

Jesus vs. Satan – 3 tests

Test # 1 – The devil said to Jesus,
“If you are God’s Son, tell this stone to turn into bread.” Luke 4:3 (CEV)
And Jesus answered him, saying,
“The Scriptures say, ‘No one can live only on food’” [bread alone]. {Deuteronomy 8:3}. Luke 4:4 (CEV)

Digestible vs. Spiritual food; in other words

Then Satan tempted him to get food by changing stones into loaves of bread. “It will prove you are the Son of God,” he said. 4 But Jesus told him, “No! For the Scriptures tell us that bread won’t feed men’s souls: obedience to every word of God is what we need.” Matthew 4:3-4 (TLB)

The weapon for Spiritual warfare

Notice how Jesus fought off each attempt of the devil with the Word. This is fun, stay with me!

Test # 2 – The devil said,
“I will give all this power and glory to you. It has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 Just worship me, and you can have it all. Luke 4:6-7 (CEV)”
Jesus answered,
The Scriptures say: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!’ ” Luke 4:8 (CEV)
9 Finally, the devil took Jesus to Jerusalem and had him stand on top of the temple.
Test #3, the last – The devil said,
“If you are God’s Son, jump off. 10-11 The Scriptures say: ‘God will tell his angels to take care of you. They will catch you in their arms, and you will not even hurt your feet on the stones.’ ” Luke 4:9-11 (CEV)
Jesus answered,
Don’t try to test the Lord your God!’ ” Luke 9:12 (CEV)

Spiritual food for Spirit-filled people

The Holy Spirit teaches pearls of wisdom that only Spirit-filled people understand. Because, as stated, we have the mind of Christ [which is the Holy Spirit], we can understand Spiritual things and therefore we live by the word of God.

And we speak of these gifts, not in a language taught by human philosophy, but in a language taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things in spiritual words.*

14 The merely intellectual [unbelieving or unspiritual] person rejects the teaching of the Spirit of God; for to them it is mere folly; they cannot grasp it, because it is to be understood only by spiritual insight.** 15 But the person with spiritual insight is able to understand everything, although they themselves are understood by no one.*** 16 For ‘who has so comprehended the mind of the Lord as to be able to instruct him?’ We, however, have the mind of Christ.**** 1 Corinthians 2:13-16 (OEB)

Making it plain

Now the natural person [Note: Since this person is contrasted with the spiritual person of verse 15, it is taken here to mean the person without the Holy Spirit] does not receive the things [i.e., truths] revealed by the Holy Spirit of God, because they are [considered] foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them because they must be discerned by using spiritual judgment [i.e., judgment aided by the Holy Spirit]. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (AUV)

The Word of God is…

God’s word is alive and working. It is sharper than the sharpest sword and cuts all the way into us. It cuts deep to the place where the soul and the spirit are joined. God’s word cuts to the center of our joints and our bones. It judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts. 13 Nothing in all the world can be hidden from God. He can clearly see all things. Everything is open before him. And to him, we must explain the way we have lived. Hebrews 4:12-13 (ERV)

In conclusion, Jesus said in Luke 11:28, “Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it, or, obey it.” So cherish as well as live by the Word of God, after all, it is spiritual food for Spirit-filled people. Blessings to you and your loved ones— Tim. ☺

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Note: the key verses are enclosed in parentheses.

*1 Corinthians 1:17, 2:1 and 4; 2 Corinthians 10:12. Matthew 12:37; 2 Peter 1:16; [John 6:45]; [2 Corinthians 1:12]; [John 3:8].

**Romans 8:7; 1 Corinthians 1:18; [John 8:43 and 14:17]; [Acts 26:24]; [1 Corinthians 3:1 and 4:3]; [Romans 8:5]; [Phillipians 4:7].

***Proverbs 28:5; 1 Corinthians 3:1 and 14:37; Galatians 6:1. ****Isaiah 40:13; John 15:15. Romans 11:34; Colossians 2:2; [Job 21:22 and 36:23].

 

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