Bible Ballistics: BBs #375 What’s That In Your Mouth???
“And when the tempter came to him,
If thou be the Son of God,
command that these stones
be made bread.
4 But he answered and said,
It is written,
Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word
out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:3-4
Most of us are familiar with the “temptation” of Jesus in the wilderness, and the Devil who tempted HIM! I’d like us to take just a few minutes today to consider this first of the three recorded temptations of Jesus. First we notice that the “tempter” came to Him, and He is ever coming to us with subtle and misleading calls to go in some particular direction, and unless we have our hearts and minds set on Jesus, we can fall for his lies, tricks and deceit. We must be on the lookout at all times.
“Be sober, (be awake, pay attention, be wise)
be vigilant; (always on your guard—continually)
because your adversary (your enemy)
as a roaring lion,
he may devour: (eat you!)
9 Whom resist
in the faith,
knowing that the same afflictions
are accomplished in your brethren
that are in the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9
We must be aware of the tactics of the enemy, and Peter warned his readers of the danger of falling for the lies of the enemy, Satan. He seeks to destroy our lives and our testimony—what he’s selling isn’t as cheap as he claims.
“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 16:25
“The thief cometh not,
but for to steal,
and to kill,
and to destroy:
I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Jesus came to give life to all who will believe and trust in Him. Satan, the Devil, comes to steal, kill and destroy. And we must be aware of his tactics—they are all lies, half-truths (which are just dressed up lies) and deceptions. Look at what he said to Jesus, “If thou be the Son of God”; Satan knew (better than anyone on earth) who Jesus was, but he came to the very Son of God and tried to make HIM doubt and veer from His commitment to follow and obey His Father’s will. Satan hasn’t changed in all these years—he knows who belongs to Jesus, and he comes to stir up doubt in our hearts and minds, and convince us to act independently of God: ‘It’s not a biggy’, he says, ‘go ahead and make this choice. It won’t hurt a thing’!!! Liar, liar, liar! He wants is to destroy us, why do we listen to him? We must refuse his way that “seemeth right unto a man”, and take the sure path of God. We must hear, heed and yield to the continual work of The Holy Spirit within us.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh…….. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:16 & 25
And to walk in the Spirit, we must remember what Jesus did, He spoke The Word to defeat and resist the enemy–“It is written”! This is one of the reasons we must immerse ourselves in His Word! Jesus goes on to quote from Deuteronomy 8:3, where Moses reminded the people to keep their heart and mind on The One who had delivered, led and provided for them every step of the way through the wilderness. And that same God and His Son Jesus Christ, delivers, leads and provides for us today. But we must rely on Him and His Word rather than our own resources to meet our own needs—spiritual or physical. What’s that in YOUR mouth? Are you trusting God to supply, or have you stepped out to change YOUR own stones into bread?
“And he humbled thee,
and suffered thee to hunger,
and fed thee with manna,
which thou knewest not,
neither did thy fathers know;
that he might make thee know
that man doth not live by bread only,
but by every word
out of the mouth
of the LORD
doth man live.” Deuteronomy 8:3
What are you living on? Imitation ‘Stone Bread’ or by “every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God? Who will we choose to hear and obey—His Spirit and His Word, or Satan and self? The choice is yours. What’s that in YOUR mouth? God’s bread or the ‘gravel’ of the enemy?