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. KJV
Satan tried to tempt Jesus with His apparent need for food and the lack of any sustenance out in the desert.
Had that been me, I would probably have looked at the rocks, seen that they were shaped like loaves of bread, and fell for the temptation.
But Jesus saw much deeper than His immediate need. He saw His need to only do what He saw the Father do; to only say what He heard the Father say. That was an overriding principle in His entire life:
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
…whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. KJV
Notice the detail of what He said. It is not enough that we live by the word of God. We must live by EVERY word that comes from God.
There are at least three ways that I need to be able to hear from God so that I get every word.
The first place we begin, of course, is the Bible–also known as the Word of God.
I am constantly amazed by the number of church-going, bible-believing Christians who do not know the Bible. I am not talking about knowing, or believing my particular position on a subject. I’m speaking of the basics. People do not know the books of the Bible. They do not know who wrote the Gospels. They don’t know how many gospel accounts there are. They do not know the story of Paul’s conversion.
This only tells me that they are not spending time in the Word.
We begin to hear from the Lord as we spend time in His Word.
The second place we get every word that comes from God is in our personal prayer time with the Lord.
In order to do this, prayer must not be something like we run into the room, say “Hi,” spout off our requests, say “Bye” and leave.
We must take time to listen. That seems to be a major challenge for the wired generation.
Thirdly, we hear from God through others.
I thank God for the fellowship of believers. I love the church. But, often, others are not aware that they have heard from the Lord on something, and I need to hear those words, too. (I know that this is often the failure of the local church itself as the pastor does not make room for others, but that is for a different topic of discussion.)
Blogging has increased our ability to hear from the Lord. I get to hear what God is saying to others, and my faith is built up, my desire is increased, my awareness is heightened.
Blogging will not replace nor supplant the need for the local church, but it certainly is providing a means for many who do not yet have a church where they feel at home.
How has blogging–whether you write or just read–affected your walk with the Lord?
9 thoughts on “EVERY Word From God”
Love the post!
I was stopped by the title: EVERY word of God… Never thought about it before, but it is true. It’s been extremely challenging for me….
How has blogging affected my walk with the Lord?
I have gotten solid friendships with people who have challenged me in my walk with the Lord by their posts, partner with me in ministry by interceding for me, encouraged me when I was low, counseled me when I’ve sinned and have impacted my life in all areas. I have seen through blogging how the Body of Christ is supposed to function! I have brothers and sisters who are extremely dear to me now, and who I am eager to meet in person!
Agreeing with my brother Bajanpoet, 100% a picture of the body of Christ…in the blog world…a gift from GOD.
Isn’t SHE beautiful!?!?!
Love ya brother
(love you too Bajan!)
lol I didn’t know the blogosphere was female, Darla …. lol
Love yuh bad, as we say in the Caribbean 😉
Careful now!! Are we saying something about all the jabbering going back and forth? 🙂
You guys are cute! Too much!
Are we going to have to wait for the Rapture to meet everyone?
Well all u need is a plane ticket and a week, Dale 😀
I’ve already invited Darla and hubs over lol
I wasn’t referring to the internet..but that could work as seductive as it can be…but I was thinking about the Body of Christ/the Bride of Christ..and metaphorically–she!
I know you are teasing 😉
Hey Dale! it would be awesome to get together, I have met some and it is always incredible..one day, when God sends me the money..Bajan will find us on his doorstep LOL
I haven’t been in the Caribbean region since ’68.
‘Twould be cool again.
The Lord doesn’t provide ‘connections’ for no reason.
yeah I was teasing, boo 🙂 u know it 🙂
Dale… you haven’t been in the Caribbean since 1968???? whaloss…… (yet another Bajanism… an exclamation of surprise…. *grin*)