WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
JANUARY 17, 2023
TOPIC: FEED ON THE WORD OF GOD DAILY
BY T. O. BANSO
“But He answered and said, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4 New King James Version).
We live in a very busy world and Christians are not exempted. People have crowded schedules that prevent them to do some things important in their lives. But nobody has any excuse to fail to do what is absolutely necessary for his life. For instance, nobody has any excuse for failing to eat and, thereby, suffering the health implications. If someone loves himself, no matter how busy he is, he will find time to eat, except if he is fasting or he does not have what to eat.
Despite how busy someone is, he must find time to drink water, if water is available, so as not to suffer dehydration. Drinking water will save him from headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and other symptoms of dehydration.
As a child of God, you have no excuse not to feed on the Word of God. No matter your activities for the day, you must find time to feed on the Word of God, or else you will suffer the consequences. While you must not be idle or lazy, you must also not allow the devil to keep you so busy that you don’t have time for the Word of God.
Also, the devil wastes some people’s time by making them engage in frivolities. They spend their time on useless things, yet they claim that they can’t feed on the Word of God because there is no time. But what about the time they waste on frivolities or useless things?
God has given everybody 24 hours each day. It is left for everyone to allocate and utilize his time the way he wants. If the Word of God is important to you, you will allocate time for it just as you do for others. But because some Christians don’t consider feeding on the Word crucial, they do without it but have time for other things.
How important is the Word of God to you? Do you feed on the Word of God daily? Do you go for days without feeding on the Word of God but you won’t do the same for physical food? Job said, “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12 New King James Version). Do you treasure the Word of God more than your physical food?
Physical food is very important but the Word of God is more important. You need both. Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4 New King James Version). Luke 4:4 says a similar thing. Jesus was quoting from the book of Deuteronomy where the Bible says concerning the children of Israel, “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:3 New King James Version).
Eat physical food but don’t neglect the Word of God. Give priority to feeding on the Word of God. Eat the Word of God. It is beneficial to your spirit, soul, and body. The Lord gave Ezekiel a scroll that contained the message for the people of Judah. He asked him to open his mouth and eat it until his stomach was full and it tasted sweet as honey in his mouth (Ezekiel 3:1-3).
Also, in Revelation 10:8-10, John was told to take a little book and eat it and it would make his stomach bitter but it would be as sweet as honey in his mouth. Psalm 119:103 says, “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (New King James Version).
You must feed on the Word of God daily; it is sweet. This does not mean that you should literally eat the Bible! It means you should be nourished by the Word of God. You can do this by personally reading and studying the Word of God as the Ethiopian eunuch and the Berean Christians did (Acts 8:27-38; 17:10-11). In addition, read messages/sermons/articles and Bible-based books.
You can also feed on the Word by listening to it as it is being preached in church and through audio tapes, video, radio and television, or online. Furthermore, you can feed on the Word of God by listening to music filled with the Word of God, meditating on the Word of God, memorizing the Word of God, and confessing the Word of God. Other ways of feeding on the Word of God are praying the Word of God, singing the Word of God, and obeying the Word of God. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (New King James Version).
After you have started your day by studying your Bible in the morning and praying – your quiet time – you can do some of the other things I have mentioned while you are engaging in your activities for the day. Never become too busy that you don’t have time to study and meditate on the Word of God daily or do any of the things I have mentioned. Jeremiah said, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16 New King James Version).
As the Lord told Joshua, don’t let the Word of God depart from your mouth but meditate upon it day and night to do according to what is written there, and then you shall make your way prosperous and have good success (Joshua 1:8). As newborn babes, believers must desire the pure milk of the word so as to grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2). Without feeding on the pure milk of the word, there cannot be spiritual growth. But the Word of God is not only milk, it is also strong meat or solid food, which you also need for proper growth (Hebrews 5:12-14).
Feed on the Word of God. Don’t be a Christian who has time to feed on trash but not on the Word of God that will give Him life and keep him spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy. Such a Christian will be malnourished. Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63b New King James Version).
Feed on the Word of God every day. The Holy Scriptures give us the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15). All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (verse 16). The Word of God will give you life, healing, and health (John 6:63; Proverbs 4:20-22; Psalm 107:20). It will also give you direction (Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 6:23).
You will receive faith by hearing the Word of God and have hope as you learn from the Word of God (Romans 10:17; 15:4). You will experience spiritual growth by feeding on it (1 Peter 2:2; 1 Corinthians 3:2; Hebrews 5:12-14). It will help you to overcome sin and live a holy life (Psalm 119:9, 11; John 17:17). The Word of God is part of the armour of God that will give you victory in spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:17). It will give you joy and insight and make you wise (Psalm 19:7-8). You will be blessed as you hear and obey the Word of God (Luke 11:28).
Don’t let the devil distract you or keep you too busy to feed on the Word of God daily. Decongest your life; use your time wisely. Feed on the Word of God every day.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, help me to decongest my life and get rid of anything that will not allow me to have enough time to feed on the Word of God. Help me to use my time wisely and feed on the Word of God daily. I shall no longer neglect the Word of God; I shall give priority to feeding on the Word before I start my day and as I go about my day. I shall not be a reader or hearer of the Word of God only but also a doer.
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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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