Fast-food Jesus …

April 16, 2016

“That left him, of course in a state of extreme hunger, which the Devil took advantage of in the first test:”Since you are God’s Son, speak the word that will turn these stones into loaves of bread.” Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” Matt. 4:3-4 MSG

What if God left you all alone to deal with living everyday? What if He didn’t say anything .. provide any help .. or simply just remained silent until death. Every one of us faces battles of one kind of another: battles of temptation .. attitudes .. storing away wrongs .. thinking less of others .. more of ourselves .. deciding who to love .. rationing out how much love to give. One of the daily battles is facing your life out of your own strength and mind. What a miserable life faith would be if you had to face it alone .. with no resource .. no intimate communication .. and no abiding confidence in God’s faithfulness .. His truthfulness. Jesus spoke God words. He didn’t reason or look for a compromise. He didn’t rely on his abilities. He relied on God’s truthfulness and trustworthiness. The battle hasn’t changed for over 2000 years. Are you dieting on a “steady stream of words from God’s mouth”? What is holding you together? Jesus would later say that if “anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him- we’ll move right into the neighborhood!” (Jn.14:23) How often do you start the day without a fresh supply of Jesus words? There is no “fast-food” of God-words. He means for us to live daily in the nourishment of His Words. He doesn’t threaten us. He just holds out what His Words offer: to be loved by the Father and know His abiding presence as we go about the day. Maybe you’ll try a meal of one verse throughout the day. Maybe more? You can be sure of this: the Lord wants you to live a “more than just stay alive life”. He’s breathed those words into something solid and lasting. It only takes a moment …

“Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another – showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correction our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” 2 Tim. 3:16-17 MSG

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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