Focus on God’s Word

Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. – Matthew 4:4

In order to overcome during a time of trial and temptation, we must focus our attention not only on our Savior but also on God’s Word.

Sometimes we don’t understand the importance of the Word and the fact that it is alive and active. We view Scripture like we view the Queen of England: She holds the top position in the country, but she doesn’t really have any power. Similarly, many of us hold God’s Word in high esteem, but it has no power in our lives. The Bible wasn’t meant to decorate your coffee table or be held under your arm at church. The Word of God was written because of what it can do in our lives. James 1:18 explains that we were brought forth by the word of truth. It gave us spiritual life.

When the devil tempted Christ in the wilderness, he told Christ, “Command that these stones become bread” (Matthew 4:3). He offered a physical temptation to meet a physical desire for food. But Jesus resisted the temptation by calling on the Word of God, directly quoting from Deuteronomy 8. Jesus knew the Scripture so well that He could employ it to resist the temptation the devil was throwing at Him. He trusted in God and stood on the authority of His Word.

You must do the same. When you look to your Savior Jesus Christ and lean on the Word of God, the victory is yours.