02 Nov 2018
Our Daily Bread
Hebrews 4:12 says:
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
His Word is our plumb line, preventing us from being “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine…” (Ephesians 4:14).
It is the measure by which we build our character. It guides, nourishes and sustains, and is the sword by which we slay every attack of the enemy.
The world is in confusion over morality, gender and relationships. Mankind has pushed aside God’s plumb line, and sadly the Church is not immune.
James 1:22 tells us to “…be doers of the word, and not hearers only…” and in Matthew 7:22-24 Jesus warns:
“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
Jewish rabbis have always built on the Word of God, learning scripture by heart. Jesus did likewise, and when confronted by temptation He defeated the tempter by quoting the Word. The devil roams around like a roaring lion but is quickly silenced when we speak scripture. The Word is our sword, but it needs to be sharpened. Don’t neglect studying His Word daily and quoting it often.
Pause and reflect: Matthew 4:4 says: “…‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”