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Temptation and Addiction Breaking Scripture System

Method: When Jesus was being tempted to sin, and to break his fast etc… he went to the scripture for strength.  When you are in a temptation mood, or an urging of addiction, study these passages. Focus on how we should live and also read and visualize what Christ endured (in the red text) so that we could be forgiven.  Meditate on the words here until the temptation subsides.

Realizing that you have a King who sees you at all times, helps to keep you on track and to live effectively in his kingdom.

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin (James 4:17).

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Peter 2:24).

For if we keep on deliberately sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who set aside the law of Moses died without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot (neglected) the Son of God, and has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant which sanctified him, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people”. It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:26-31).

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay. And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved (Hebrews 10: 35-39).

Then he released for them Barabbas, and having Jesus beaten and flogged, delivered him to be crucified (Matthew 27:26).

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment. How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation (Hebrews 2:1-3)?

Hebrews 12:4, “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”

The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will weed out of his Kingdom all causes of sin and law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:41-42).

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him (Mark 10:34).

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 7:21-23).

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).

But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:18-20).

1 John 3:9-10:

No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple (1 Corinthians 3:16).

  • And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30).

Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him (Matthew 26:67).

For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted (Hebrews 2:18).

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him (1 John 3:6).

No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God (1 John 3:9).

…and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed… And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and they spit on him and and struck his head head. (Matthew 27:29,30).

But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:14-15).

Do not present your body to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your body to God as instruments for righteousness (Romans 6:13).

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 John 2:1).

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).

By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it ( Romans 6:2)?

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

“Everything is permissible for me”–but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”–but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body (1 Corinthians 6 :12-13).

Word of Revelation

“The word of the Lord came to me saying: “There will be a special feast prepared on ‘The Day’ of the Lord. 

 Priests, stop sinning and hold yourselves to high standards.

Your lust and greed will consume you, and you will be part of the burnt offering. Those found doing wickedness will be burned with hellfire. They will find their place in the fire, and this will be an acceptable offering.”

I awoke feeling thankful I have another chance to do better, and I awoke grateful that I had not died and had to stand before him in shame like some will. And I awoke grateful that he came to me. We must live as if Jesus was to return or if I was to stand before him at any moment. This life is fleeting, we are here today, gone tomorrow and we will stand before the one who judges. He will judge his people (Hebrews 10:30).

 –Numbers 28:26-31:

Just as we often see that there has to be a burnt offering before the Lord, we see that is what will take place. The reprobate who are of the body of Christ will be part of the burnt offering. Jesus was an offering for our sins, the slain lamb. Those who live in sin will be part of the burnt offering. 

 But as for us who serve the King, we will do as Paul said, and present our bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God. 

 Remember Leviticus 23:19,

“And you shall offer one male goat for a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old as a sacrifice of peace offerings.”

Jesus was a lamb, offered as a peace offering, when he returns he will separate “Sheeps from goats”. The sheep offered their life as a living sacrifice (we are called to do that). The goats are those who will be a sin offering and burned. 

 Verse 20: “The priest is to wave the two lambs before the LORD as a wave offering, together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to the LORD”

 We are a sacred offering if we set aside greed, lust, and sin. Other wise we will be the burned offering. 

 As Numbers 8:11 shows, …..”

By: Jerren

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Walking in the Newness of Life

When we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and shared his death. So, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the wonderful power of the Father, we also can live a new life.” (Romans 6:4, NCV)

Living a new kind of life is now possible for the believer who understands and practices these wonderful concepts. We have seen how the Spirit of Christ seals us, how we must choose to be controlled by him in our thought life, and how we can put to death the misdeeds of the body by the Spirit of Christ.

The reality of Paul’s insight—“I was put to death on the cross with Christ, and I do not live anymore—it is Christ who lives in me. I still live in my body, but I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself to save me.” (Galatians 2:20, NCV)—becomes more of our everyday life experiences. The Spirit of Christ overpowers the old self so we can walk in newness of life.

In fact, our lives become hidden in Christ: “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3, NIV)

We want to see more of our life hidden in Christ. After all, to become like Christ is now one of our primary objectives in life. “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…” (Galatians 4:19, NIV)

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2, NIV)

In the book of Acts, it was apparent that something had happened in the lives of the believers. At one point it is stated, “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13, NIV)

This is a tough question: When people look at us today as believers, can they tell we are a people who have been with Jesus?

 

 

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Discipline vs. Addiction

Now, what does addiction have to do with discipline? Well it’s really a science. With addiction, one triggers dopamine release. In fact, they trigger so many dopamine releases that their brain’s receptors are not able to function orderly. Thus, there is an imbalance.  So when one is addicted to things that overproduce dopamine, urging them to find more and more forms of satisfaction to recreate that feeling (porn, alcohol, certain foods, drugs, video games, etc…), the natural things that are suppose to leave them satisfied through normal dopamine release, well.. just aren’t so satisfying any longer.

Things of discipline such as working out, achieving goals, human interaction, and hard work, these things create dopamine release as well. They are mean’t to be enjoyed. However, to one who has the dopamine state of addiction, such things are a mere chore and a bore.  Therefore, I put it to you to break those addictions. If you have become addicted to food, let it master you no longer. IF video games are giving you an over production of dopamine, break the habit, for it will only take your joy away from doing things that need to be done. If diet soda is an addiction, get it out of your life. If porn and other sinful things are an addiction, and you are noticing that you are in need of more and more, rid yourself of it!  If you do so, you will find that you are more disciplined and actually ENJOY hard work. Moreover, seeking God and growing in his word will become a great source of pleasure.

  • When your dopamine releases are all warring against each other because of addiction, you don’t find pleasure the way you should in natural and beneficial things. It’s an actual physiological change. The good news is that you can reverse the negative effects by: 1) stopping the behavior and 2) building new, POSITIVE habits that are natural, which will give you the dopamine release that God intended.

Rewiring your mind for natural pleasures:

God designed the brain to release dopamine in your body which gives you a feeling of pleasure or a “high” or a sense of euphoria when you engage in certain things. There are some NATURAL forms of pleasure that God created within us that should give us this “high” :

1)The success of work and self-improvement, building new things.

2)Relations with one’s spouse

3)The feeling one gets after a good workout

4)Seeking God through worship and study of his word and prayer.

Now days many of these natural forms of high have become corrupted, because many of us have desensitized our minds to the point of not being able to appreciate the natural release of dopamine. We have allowed our minds to become addicted to “foreign forms of pleasure”. Unfortunately, these foreign forms of pleasure have corrupted our ability to enjoy the natural things that we should derive pleasure from in life.

For instance, when one has over-indulged themselves in video- games and forms of entertainment to the point that they are always getting a high and an over-release of dopamine, studies have shown that like the effects of a drug, these individuals just don’t appreciate everyday life as much. How? and Why? Well they have desensitized their mind to the feeling it should receive through natural means of pleasure such as the feeling of success at work. Therefore, when the entertainment addict has trained their mind to get the “high” from their entertainment source, they will likely not become AS enthusiastic in regards to work and creativity. For the natural things will not give them that novel sense of “high” that they have been engaging in.

When someone spends their time on pornography, masturbation, prostitutes, and things that give them a “high” outside of their spouse, they will find that their natural sense of pleasure with their spouse will not be as great as someone who has not indulged their minds in what’s unnatural to God’s way.

And remember, God created us to receive more than just information when we seek him, but also we are to receive pleasure. One should get a release of dopamine and a feeling of euphoria when they study God’s word, receive revelation, and worship. However, if someone has been getting their “high” through worship of an idol, then they are corrupting their desires for what’s unnatural. One person’s idol may be a celebrity, another person’s idol may be a TV show, and another person’s idol may be a game. It doesn’t matter the idol, what matters is that they are desensitizing their minds in a way that is foreign.

Now let me be clear, its fine to enjoy entertainment. However, when a person over indulges in entertainment to the point of that entertainment is giving them an over-production of dopamine and euphoria, then that entertainment takes on the same effects and properties as a drug. At this point, entertainment has become containment! Therefore, a person who realizes that they have not been receiving as much pleasure from NATURAL means should strive to rewire their minds. Some studies mention that one can rewire the way their mind derives pleasure in a little time as one month. So work to receive pleasure through natural means by spending more time in what God has ordained us to receive pleasure from, and your mind will follow.

by: Jerren Lewis

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Do people fall in love or rise in love?

Years ago, dear Christian friends of my wife and me explained why they had gotten divorced by writing, “We exhausted our spiritual resources.” It was one of the strangest explanations I had ever heard, especially from two Ph.D.’s and Christian educators who knew very well that God’s spiritual resources are inexhaustible. Apparently, they were unwilling to admit what had really happened and to say, “We quit trying.”

More recently, another close Christian friend, a Ph.D. in New Testament studies no less, and a long-time educator, left his wife for another woman, who herself was seminary trained and a pastor, by saying to his wife, “I haven’t loved you for the last seven years.” What he meant, of course, was that he didn’t have the same kind of feelings he once had for her. But in the Bible love is primarily a commitment, obedience to God’s commands, rather than an emotion.

Just this fall, a former student and long-time pastor told me about how had “made a mistake” and cheated on his wife. In fact, he used the expression several times in our conversation. Never once did I hear the word “sin,” however.

I guess in a world in which politicians “misspeak” when they lie, in which athletes “make bad choices” when they commit crimes, and prostitutes are called “sex workers,” I shouldn’t be so surprised.

But how about the innocuous and even heart-warming, “I fell in love”? As sweet as it sounds, it’s not a biblical expression. And if you can claim you’ve fallen in love, then you can say you’ve fallen out of love, as lots of people do. In a country in which even many Christians think the pursuit of happiness is an inalienable right (no, just because the American Constitution declares it so doesn’t make it true), is it any wonder that people justify leaving their spouses because they just don’t feel good any more?

Paul, in his famous love chapter, writes in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Notice the use of “always” a few times? And the adjectives and verbs used to characterize love don’t have that much to do with emotion, except perhaps when they refer to keeping it under control.

Twice in my life, I’ve had friends who were in the process of divorcing their spouses who looked me straight in the face, and admitted, “I know, I’m reneging on my wedding vows.” At least they were honest. So were Bill McCartney and company when they challenged us to be promise-keepers. That’s what it’s really all about – promise keeping.

If I can’t trust someone to remain true to their word when they have made the most solemn pledge of their entire lives before God, spouse, and a Christian congregation, why should I trust them for anything else?

Now, of course, God is a God of amazing grace, wonderful forgiveness and countless fresh starts. And I have dear friends who sinned miserably with their first spouses and are having godly, inspiring second marriages.

But they repented. They called sin sin. They confessed to God and fellow humans. They prayed for forgiveness. They received godly counsel and, often, counseling. Their lives genuinely changed. The words we use for labeling concepts do matter.

Most countries and cultures in the history of the world that have practiced arranged marriages have had extremely low divorce rates. At least those couples recognized that it wasn’t feelings or emotions that made or unmade marriages. They were also less likely to define love as a feeling or an emotion in the first place.

1 Corinthians 13 ends with the famous 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” If love is eternal and love is the greatest of the attributes we will share throughout eternity, maybe we’d better start paying more attention in this life to what it truly involves. Richard Walker, a former pastor of mine and founder of AMOR Ministries, working with Brazilians in the Upper Amazon basin, put it well, “Love is the giving of the very best you have on behalf of another regardless of response.” – even when it’s thrown back in your face. Isn’t that what Jesus did with and for us?

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The Spirit Operates.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16, NIV)

There is a war inside of each of us. Though the old flesh always wants to reassert itself, the power of the Spirit can overcome it if we ask in faith for him to control how we think, feel, act, and talk.

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.
(Romans 8:6, NIV84)

The mind is key. The battle first takes place in our head. Whoever controls our mind, controls us. It is crucial we set our minds on what the Spirit desires.

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” (Romans 8:5, NIV)

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2, NIV84)

Paul further wrote, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV)

We can reject those thoughts that conflict with the will of God. By the power of the Spirit we can overcome the temptations of the flesh: “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13, NIV)

Furthermore, we learn that “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:24–25, NIV)

This is the power of the cross working in our lives. “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
(Galatians 6:14, NIV)

By an act of our will, we must choose to be controlled by the Spirit. We initiate that by asking the Spirit to control our mind. We choose to set our mind on the things above, the things the Spirit desires and not on the things of the flesh. By the power of the Spirit we can put to death the misdeeds of the flesh, and bring our thought life into captive obedience to Christ.

May God help us to understand and incorporate these truths in our prayer life.

A Prayer for Today:

I ask you, Lord, to take control of how I think, feel, act, and talk. Help me to set my mind on the things above, the things of the Spirit, not the flesh. Help me to bring every thought into captive obedience to Christ today. I ask you to control my mind. In Jesus’ name I pray.

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Recognizing Spiritual Growth

by Philip Nation
An assignment without a means of measuring success normally ends in frustration or abandonment. In the church, our work is to make disciples. But can you really measure discipleship?

A strong case can be made that it is ludicrous to attempt to measure transformation in a person’s life. Nevertheless, there are biblical injunctions that halt our progress into sin and prescriptions that lead us toward spiritual maturity.

In the Transformational Discipleship project led by LifeWay Research, we did not set out to randomly create objective measurements against which a person’s life would be deemed infantile, growing or mature. However, we did uncover attributes that indicate spiritual growth and/or the desire that growth is occurring.

The research revealed eight factors at work in the lives of believers who are progressing in spiritual maturity. We refer to them as the attributes of discipleship. They are not necessarily new ideas, but they stand out as key ideas in the lives of North American Protestants.

1. Bible engagement

It should go without saying believers will be engaged in studying the Scriptures. However, leadership must often begin restating the obvious. Transformation can be recognized in people when their minds are sharpened by the Bible, their perspectives are shaped by the Bible and their actions are directed by the Bible.

2. Obeying God and denying self

Discipleship is the process of obedience to one who is in authority over you. In our study, we found people progressing in their faith prioritize God’s desires over self-will. Transformation can be seen in them, because they progressively set aside earthly delights for Kingdom priorities.

3. Serving God and others

Just as Jesus said He had come to serve and not be served, so must believers. The choice to serve others is just that—a choice. It highlights a maturity of soul that we allow the needs of others to trump our own. Transformation is evident when personal needs, and even life goals, are set aside for the needs we see in others.

4. Sharing Christ

Inherent in being a disciple of Christ is the making of other disciple makers for Christ. Even with the need to live out the effects of the gospel, maturing believers know speaking about the message is a necessity. Transformation is evident when we talk about the source of it.

5. Exercising faith

Can you measure a person’s faith? Probably not. But you can see it when it is put into action. Believers participating in the research noted they knew the importance of living by faith as opposed to living by personal strength. Transformation is seen in believers when risk aversion is set aside and lives are characterized by faithful obedience to God’s will.

6. Seeking God

People become disciples of Christ because they intend to follow Him and become like Him. A continuous hunger should arise from this life. It is referred to in Scripture as our “first love,” and believers are commanded to return to it. Transformation is seen when our desire is to know God more deeply and experience His work more fully.

7. Building relationships

Our faith is personal, but it is not intended to be private. Jesus established the church for our collective good and our collective growth. After all, humans are naturally relational. Spiritually, we are no different. As believers, our horizontal relationships with others should develop just as our vertical relationship with God does. Transformation is occurring when relational maturity is evident in our lives.

8. Unashamed

The research noted believers felt it appropriate and even necessary for others to know them as Christians and be held accountable for a life exemplary of that name. Transformation is evident when a believer is unashamed in presenting his own life as being aligned with Christ.

The adage is “if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” At the very heart of Christianity is the work of making disciples for Christ. It should never sit at the fringe of our lives or the church. Through work like that of Transformational Discipleship, we are able to better recognize when we are effectively reaching toward that goal.

Transformational Discipleship Assessment

The Transformational Discipleship Assessment crafted from LifeWay’s discipleship study is being used by churches in urban, suburban, rural, domestic and international locations to discover how their church is doing in the realm of discipling believers. To learn more, visit LifeWay.com/tda. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

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WHAT A WONDERFUL GOD?

When builders build a storey house, a bridge, a tower or even a fly-over, they always require pillars to support them. But our great God never needed pillars to erect the heavens.

Many at times I just sit down meditating on the greatness of the Lord and how wonderful He is. I really wonder how he created the heavens without even a single pillar to support it. I wonder how he created such a sophisticated thing as a human being with one of the strongest ‘computers’ ever witnessed- the brain. To make it even more serious, he did this very many years ago.

Genesis 1:2         the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.

We look at Gods work from whatever point of view and it is just perfect (for lack of a better word to describe it). He never made mistakes.

Then indeed the is a God full of power, an everlasting father. His unmeasurable surprises everyone, for his doings are beyond our understanding. (To date no accurate explanation to the origin of life has been arrived at despite the many theories)

What then can we do as part of His creation but just to give Him glory, honor and praise?

“You were made by God for God—and unless you understand that, life will never make sense”

For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, Visible and invisible…everything has its start in Him and          finds its purpose in Him.

–Colossians 1:16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Choose life.

Do you want to know what the key to life is? Well, the Bible spells it out pretty clearly in this passage from the book of Deuteronomy: Choose life – every day. While we may stumble and fall, we can always get back up again, ask the Lord for forgiveness, and choose life again. The key […]

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THE POWER OF THE WORD OF GOD.

…So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 NIV)

No wonder the Scripture says, “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3, NIV).

God’s Word is powerful. Active. It accomplishes. Wherever it is sent, it prospers.

To fulfill God’s purposes, we need more than material things. We need to absorb God’s Word. As we do so, we learn more about the mind of God and open ourselves to receive revelations he wants us to know and enjoy.

Jesus says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63, NKJV).

By his Word we are renewed inwardly. His Word is like discovering the treasure of treasures. “For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord” (Proverbs 8:35, NKJV).

This treasure is much better than the mirage reportedly pursued by the conquistador, Ponce de Leon, who searched for the fabled fountain of youth. Paul said, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16, NIV).

The Psalmist said, “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light” (Psalm 36:9, NIV).

Only the Word of God can renew us. All other pursuits are in vain if they are being used to substitute the place the Word of God merits in our life.

Peter confirms this, saying, “We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19, NIV).

Job said that he treasured God’s Word more than his necessary food. David said God’s Word was more valuable to him than thousands of pieces of gold and silver. Jeremiah said when he found God’s Words, he ate them, and they became his heart’s delight! I think there is a message here for you and me to take to heart