- How did Jesus resist the temptations of the devil?
For every temptation of the devil, Jesus’ attack is through the Word of God, of what was written.
He also halted His communication with the devil and did not entertain him further. But rather he demonstrated that He is the one in control. He exercised His authority over the devil and commanded him to go. Matthew 4 verse 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan!
- What does the psalmist say about the Word of God?
- It describes how David viewed the Word of God as declaration from heaven and proclamation from the sky. That it is not just a product of human but a divine creation or handiwork. The Word of God is full of knowledge, a revelation of past, present and future, reaching to all corners of the earth. It also highlights the perfection of God’s Word as this comes from the Lord. No one can contradict its truth as every word is true.
- The Law of God is also perfect in reviving the soul. As stated in Psalm 19, verses 7 “ The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.
- It also acts like a teacher, parent, a guardian to all of us. How? For every circumstance in our lives, either the Word of God will give us a warning so that we won’t go astray and\or will give us a reward when we heed in His Word. As stated in the same Psalm 19, verse 11 “By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward”
Word of God:
- The Bible is the consolidated masterpiece of different individuals who were touched by the Holy Spirit and guided by the wisdom from God. Both old and new testaments are compilations of not just stories but these are historical archive of events and happenings all the way from the creation of the earth, numerous stories before and after Jesus Christ, the establishment of the church to the revelation of what’s to happen in the future.
- If we want to know God and His promises, we simply access the Bible revealing Him and His purpose for each one of us. As per Acts 2:28” You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence”.
The Old Testament:
- This mainly reveals God and His character. There are also stories of how He dealt with each individual and how He delivered different nations from oppression
- This has started with the creation of earth, universe and mankind. God created us in His image and likeness and place us on this earth to be the authority over all His other creations, from the birds in the skies, fishes of the oceans, all crawling animals etc etc. Through the Word of God, everything is created. This is emphasized in the Scriptures: Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
- It also emphasises God’s faithfulness to keep the covenants and His promises. Our God is the same God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And so is His Word. He reigns forever. The God who led Moses and his people out of Egypt is the same God to whom we are surrendering to take over our lives. God’s words are permanent and endure forever. Psalm 119:160 “ All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal & in v89 Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens”
Daniel 4:3” His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,and his dominion endures from generation to generation.”
Hebrews 1:8 But of the Son he says,“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom
- Its central message is the coming of a deliverer who will redeem mankind from sin and restore man’s relationship with God.
Micah 5:2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.
Isaiah 11:1 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
Jeremiah 23:5 “For the time is coming,” says the LORD, “when I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will be a King who rules with wisdom. He will do what is just and right throughout the land.
The New Testament:
- The above prophecy was fulfilled in the New Testament with the coming of Jesus Christ, the anointed one. As per John 7:42 “Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?
Inspired by the Holy Spirit and authoritative:
- Physically, we can only see a Book, a set of scriptures containing biblical stories, psalms, proverbs, and instructions on how we go about our life. However, if we dig deeper, we will realize that it is far more than that. It is a ‘creation’ just like us. It is “living”. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”. ‘God-breathed’ meaning its existence is also orchestrated by God. It just didn’t happen, it is part of God’s magnificent plan and until now, its purpose still applies to our lives. It never fails to amaze us, to touch us in every way that it can.
- The Bible is the one of the mediums that God uses to reveal to us His plans, His instructions, His warnings, His desires and promises for us. In fact, this is not just one the mediums but the primary communication tool that God utilizes in the past, in our present and with the future generations. God communicates with us through His Word. Through the teachings, He can encourage us, motivate us to strive better, discipline us when we do any wrongdoing, show us our His love and affection, forgive us and there’s a lot of objectives that God is able to achieve through His Scriptures.
- The Word of God also feeds our soul, repairs our emotions, keeping our minds stronger and healthier by extending to us the wisdom from God, aiming for us to achieve a sound relationship with God and intimate relationship with His people.
Foundation of Faith:
- As the song goes…”You are the rock on which I stand. By your grace, it is well”. The Rock represents a stronghold, a foundation of our character and spiritual walk. This foundation is Jesus Christ who is the Word who comes to life. As we grow in our faith, the more we rely on His Words and continue to build in the foundation established by Jesus Christ. Our strength is no longer our own strength but from the power and might of our righteous God and His Word is our faith’s continuing foundation.
– Anyone who hears My words and puts them into practice is like the wise man who built his house on rock.” -Matthew 7:24
– Deuteronomy 32:4 “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.
1 Samuel 2:2 “There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.
- Jesus, our one true Living God, is the Word. 1 John 1-2: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.
- Learning the Word of God is imperative to every Christian. Once we have accepted the Holy Spirit in our heart, we need to continue consuming the Bible to feed our hearts. It is but a fundamental aspect in every Christian walk.
Yes, we accepted Jesus Christ through faith. And we had the faith after we heard God’s Word. But that should not end there. Our obedience is shown through continuously studying his Word , seeking him, and obeying Him.
- The Word of God is the Bread of Life. It is a staple food for our spirits and should always be first in our survival kit. Nourishing our minds and our souls is through feeding them with the Word of God. While the food that we eat fuelled our physical bodies, the Word of God is what we need to ultimately sustain our very being. Through the Word, we learn more about life and the way to conduct it. It also gives spiritual nourishment to our soul and spirit.
- The Word of God is the food that provides spiritual strength and courage against the evil forces . As stated in Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
- Through the Word, we are reminded of His instructions for us – Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
- We should aim for His perfection and likeness and this is possible only if we renew our minds through His Word. In doing so, we will need to be equipped with the all the what’s, how’s and why’s. Through His Word, we’ll bring heaven to earth and we bring our earth to heaven.
- Through His Word, we are blessed by God and be covered by His Divine protection
Psalm 1:1-2 “ Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night…” and verse 6 “For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”
- The Word is also the seed that is planted in every human heart who hears the word. Once nurtured through continuously studying the Scriptures, this seed will grow strengthening the faith to overcome obstacles in our walk. On Matthew 13, Jesus shared the parable of the sower He described the types of soil which symbolise the human heart on how they accept the Word of God. v23 “ But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Also on Psalm 1, it is mentioned that blessed is the man who study the Scriptures and who learn it by heart. Psalm 1:2-3 “ but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither whatever they do prospers