Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone (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 (KJV)

We do not live by bread alone because we are not only physical beings. Just as our physical body requires physical food, so too our born again spirit—the innermost part of who we are—requires spiritual food in order for us to reach our full potential in Christ. We are being spiritually fed anytime we receive the Word of God; anytime we consider it, meditate on it, and take it into our hearts. The more that our spirit is fed, the stronger our inner person becomes. And when our spirit is strong, our ability to be victorious over the flesh increases.

Seeking The Will Of God With Joy (Psalm 40:16)

Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.

Psalm 40:16 (KJV)

Seeking the will of God for our life is not a burdensome task, nor is it something that will put us in a place of sorrow. Any such notion comes from our old fleshly nature which we must put off continually. When we live in the spirit, we come to discover that the greatest joy and and the greatest fulfillment lie in seeking Jesus, delighting in Him, and desiring daily to carry out His plan and purpose for our lives. So let us magnify the Lord with joy in our hearts! He is our sufficiency, and He will always add unto us everything we need to live victoriously.

Ministering Grace Through Our Words (Ephesians 4:29)

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Ephesians 4:29 (KJV)

We are called to always be gracious in our words towards ourselves and others. Rather than speaking words of criticism, judgement and condemnation, the Bible urges us to minister grace unto the hearers. Realizing how much God has given us in Christ, our hearts filled with His love, may our words reflect the grace we have received in our day to day interactions. Let us look for opportunities to build others up through our words, and let us look for the good in others and speak it over them. Our words are powerful. Let’s be sure to use them wisely.

Putting On Our New Nature (Ephesians 4:23-24)

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Ephesians 4:23-24 (KJV)

The moment we give our lives to Jesus, we receive a new nature. Our spirit is made perfect through being unified with the Lord. The day to day task of every Christian now becomes to be renewed in the spirit of our mind. This means that we must deliberately and intentionally put on our new nature which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Simply put, we mediate on who we are in Christ. We no longer look to who we are in the flesh, we look to who Jesus has made us to be. The more that this becomes our meditation, the more we will begin to live according to our new nature. And when this happens, we will bear much fruit in His name.