Isaiah 28:14-16 “14Therefore, listen to this message from the Lord, you scoffing rulers in Jerusalem.
15You boast, “We have struck a bargain to cheat death and have made a deal to dodge the grave.
The coming destruction can never touch us, for we have built a strong refuge made of lies and deception.”
16Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone.
It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.”
Ephesians 2:20 “20Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.”
If you want to live on this earth covered with God’s blessings, we must remember & obey!
Deuteronomy 8:1-3 “1Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. 2Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. 3Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”
Well, you may say that Scripture is speaking to those Israelites Moses led out of Egypt, but, all 3 verses apply to us today.
In Matthew 4 Jesus quoted Deut. 8:3 to the devil “4But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,
‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Jesus also said John 14:15 “If you love me, obey my commandments.”
We know which commandmests those are, they’re in Matthew 22:37-40.
Jesus reiterated what was spoken by God to Moses in the Old Testament; that man lives by the Word of God, not just bread.
The trials mentioned in Deut. 8:2 explain we’re being tested to see if we will obey God throughout all circumstance that come across our path. It took me many years of being a Christian living in the wilderness, to finally see that I needed God’s Word more than my bread at the dinner table. In fact, I learned I could actually live on God’s Word, passing up a few meals of bread! Yes, I learned to fast, go without things, and see how the Lord could and would lead me up, out, over and through many things, victoriously, in splendor! Hmmm, you say, yeah Patty, I know where you live and what you’re driving! Well, it may not be brand new, but you know what? It’s paid for, hallelujah!
Jesus prayed to the Father for all of us in John 17:17 “7Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.”
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 2:17 “17You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us.” (We all should remember God’s watching!)
Paul also said “1Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. 2We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.
3If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. 4Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
5You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:1-5
I wish I could have heard HIM preach. I’m tired of hearing preachers talk about themselves, their experiences, and/or their slant on God’s Word. I just want to hear God’s Word! I don’t want to hear what someone else has to say about it. I want the Holy Spirit to teach me.
Jesus said “29Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29
He said people who teach man-made ideas as commands from God are hypocrites. See Matthew 15:9
Paul said “12Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
14Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. 16Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.” Phillipians 2:12-16
He also said we need to “15Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 16 Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior.” 2 Timothy 2:15-16
He said this kind of talk causes people to believe untruths, because it’s confusing.
1 Peter 1:6-9 “6So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
8You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.”
1 Peter 1:23 “23For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.”
And remember, we need to “8Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.” Titus 2:8