“During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But 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.’”-Matthew 4:3-4
Do you live by every word that comes from the mouth of God? This passage caused me to reflect this week. In order to live, I must receive and respond to every word that comes from the mouth of God. I had to ask myself a question that really everyone reading this column has to answer for themselves. The answer to that question will dictate how you live. That question is this: Is God’s Word the absolute authority in my life?
The word authority means: the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience.
I believe that for most Christians the Word of God only amounts to a strong influence in their life. There are a few that may let it rise to a place of limited authority, however how many can honestly say that they live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God?
It begs the question, does the Word of God simply inform our life or does it instruct our life? Here is a great test to start with: If you do not pick up your Bible everyday to look to the Word of God for instruction, then most likely you have not given the Word of God complete jurisdiction over your soul.
If you feel you have the right, the power and the preference to reject what you are being instructed by someone, then that person is not a recognized authority in your life. They may be in a position of authority over you, but you are not recognizing it by how you live and respond to them. Be certain of this, there are consequences for rejecting authority that has been placed over you, should you decide not to recognize it. The fact that you don’t receive God’s Word as an authority in your life doesn’t change the fact that God’s Word is an authority over you life.
“Your eternal Word, O Lord, stands firm in heaven.”-Psalm 119:89
Could someone look at your life and say with any certainty that the Word of God is an authority in your life? For the Word of God to be an authority, you first have to believe that they are actually God’s Words:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”-2 Timothy 3:16
When we receive God’s Word, as the very word of God, it will affect the way that we live. However, if we choose to be selective regarding what we will receive and respond to, then we will bear the consequences of choosing to step outside the protection and direction of God’s authority.
Pastor Scott Burr
Dayspring Community Church