Jesus Quotes – Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone
When Jesus made this statement he had just undergone forty days of fasting. He must have been extremely hungry. On the verge of starvation.
By the mere fact that the scripture tells us that Jesus was tempted gives us information about His condition.
The devil knows that He is hungry and tries to use that desire for food against Jesus.
Hunger is a powerful motivator. There certainly have been cases where people under the right conditions will make a meal from others when they are pushed to the point of starvation. A human condition that drives us to do anything to survive.
Now in Jesus' case He elected to go the forty days as he was led by the Spirit. That does not change the fact that He was hungry.
This story tells us that we need to be in constant touch with the Holly Spirit to guard against the temptations that Satan will bring our way. Although Satan can not read our minds or know our thoughts, he does know us from our actions.
Is it alcohol?
Is it greed?
Is it sex?
Is it pride?
The list could go on and on for many pages, but the idea is that Satan knows you because he has studied you.
Satan's pride is what brought him down. Here he thought he was equal to God. What is even more ridiculous is that he knows what God has in store for him, yet he is so prideful that he must believe he can still beat God. Why else would he continue on his destructive path to eternal damnation.
So how do we overcome temptation?
Jesus gives us the answer on how to do this. As a matter of fact, He is the example.
Jesus tells us that we can not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. In other words, by scripture!
Jesus fights the temptation that Satan presented Him with by depending on the word of God.
It is extremely hard to sin if you are quoting scripture. The next time you want to pick up that bottle of alcohol, or anything else that Satan is drawing you to. Either quote from scripture or grab your bible and begin to read. It is your life line, and I mean that literally. It is the life preserver when you have fallen into the sea of sin.
If you can only remember one verse, remember this one!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe'th in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This can be found in the Book of John, chapter 3, verse 16. Commit it to memory and use it every time Satan tempts you.
You can over come any temptation. God tells us that he will not allow Satan to tempt us with more than we can resist. Although Satan thought that he could lead Job to sin against God, God would not let Satan give him more than he could handle. Job made it through and to the other side victorious.
Again, when you find yourself in a moment of weakness which we all do and will, just know that God's word like found in John 3:16, is there to pull you up and out.
Your only requirement is to love Him and allow Him to be Lord and Savior of your life. He has shown that He loves you by giving His life for you!