Sanctification And The Word of God
The Temptation To Make A Move Outside of God's Providence.
I will never leave thee or forsake thee....My God shall supply al your needs according to His riches... Has given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness...will He not also with Christ freely give us all things....Staggered not at the promises of God thru unbelief...But was full of faith..knowing what God had promised He was also able to perform...Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature...
These are just a few of the promises we are assured of in the Scriptures. But promises are only as good as the One making them. And further more promises carry with them the opportunity to be proven true. This involves at times great testing of our faith in order that the Word of God can be authenticated and established as genuine in our lives. You might say that our lives act as a kind of platform for God's glory to be manifested and put on display.
The Temptation To Make A Move Outside of God's Providence is always just one promise away. We see this scenario played out in the temptations of Christ. For was this not the ploy of the Evil one when he razed Christ by reminding Him, is it not written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
But look how Yesuah responded to this temptation in 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. Matthew 4:4 is a direct reference to Deuteronomy 8:2 which says, And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, [and] to prove thee, to know what [was] in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
does this verse mean when it says, "man does not live by bread alone but
by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Father." That life,
our life is not dependant on our ability to create life sustaining bread, that
there are other governing factors when it comes to supporting life. The bottom
line is that our life depends on the absolute sovereign will of God.
James 4:15 reminds us, For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
The whole idea of that Yesuah had been attacked after He had been fasting for a period of forty days is proof positive that God the Father can use whatever means He so desires to sustain and support our lives, "as well as by bread". It is God who satisfies the longing heart. He is not bound by human means in order to keep alive His creation. He is the Creator, that should speak volumes to us. When it come to our lives there is no reason for us to act on our own volition to supply what we think is necessary for the occasion.
Yesuah expressed His strong faith and confidence in the trustworthiness of Father. It was the very word of God He knew He could fall back on to support and aid Him through His wilderness experience, a wilderness void of any physical aid or tangible help to rescue Him. If God the Father didn't come through He was not going to make it. He was not going to act outside of God's word.
We're going to take a look at God's Word and how it relates to our life and wilderness experience. Psalm 138:2 says, "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. "
places a high emphasis on His Word. And why would He not since He tells us in
Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass
away." What does the word of God mean to you? Can you take it or leave it?
Can you go days without reading or looking into it? Are you more likely to be
validated by what other people say about you than the Bible?
What claim or priority does the Word of God have over and in your life? How does Luke Chapter 8 where it talks about the four different kinds of seed, the seed being the Word of God relate to us as individuals? Psalm 119:162 states, "I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil." What do you think about this statement? Do these kind of questions bother you?
These are the kind of things we will be encouraging each other with in the days to come. Until then remember, "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understandingunto the simple." Psa 119:130
The Glory Of His Name
Whether By Life Or Death
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