Live By The Word, Deut 8:3

According to the Bible, we are to live by the word of God, every word of God.  In Deut 8:3, Moses wrote, “man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live”.  Jesus quoted this verse in his reply to the devil’s temptation in Lk 4:4.  “It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God”.

Why would the instruction “live by the word of God” be so important?  The reasons are simple when you look at the significance and power of the word of God.

In Jn 1:1-3, all things were created by Jesus Christ, the Word.  In Heb 11:3 the worlds were framed by the word of God.  In Ps 33:6 by the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.  In Gen 1 “God said”.

Now, in Heb 1:3 upholding all things by the word of his power.  And in Col 1:16-17 by him were all things created… and by him all things consist.  None of what you see and none of what you can’t see in the entire universe would not even be here if God had not spoken these things into existence with his words.

Evolutionary science and the science of natural processes are absolutely contrary to the words of God.  They are mutually exclusive from creation.  These, like Biblical scholarship, are the words of men pitted against the words of God to keep you from believing what God said.

Nevertheless, we are to live by the word of God.

We are born again by the word. 1 Pet 1:23-25 “born again by the word of God… the word of the Lord endureth forever”.  Eternal life comes from the eternal word and the eternal Word.

We live by the word of God.  Lk 4:4 “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God”.  In the same way that we must have water to live, breath to live, and bread to live, we must have the words of God to live.  You cannot live spiritually apart from these words.  Consider that the entire universe is upheld by these words and you’re trying to live your life apart from these words.  No wonder you’re falling apart.

We are throughly furnished by the word of God. 2 Tim 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works”.

In the same way that God spoke this universe into existence, he speaks to you in his words.  He gives them to you by inspiration so that you can understand them, Job 32:8.  And that’s what makes them profitable for doctrine (so you know what he said), reproof (so you know where you’re out of line), for correction (so you can get into line), and instruction in righteousness (so you can stay in line).  You will never be throughly furnished unto all good works apart from these words.

We are judged by the word of God.  Jn 12:47-50 “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day”.  You are going to stand before God to be judged one of these days.  You don’t have to wait to see how that judgment is going to turn out.  Everything is already written in this book.  When you live by the word, you know how the judgment will go.

Conclusion: live by the word of God.  If you are not saved, trust Jesus Christ to save you according to the scriptures (1 Cor 15:1-4; Rom 10:9-10, 13).  If you are already saved, get into the word of God and get the word of God into you.  It’s the only way to have life more abundantly as Jesus promised.