Bread and Bible, A Balanced Life!

“But Jesus answered him, saying, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by
bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of
God.”  (Luke 4:4)

12-1:  Jesus, our Master example, faced temptations from Satan
based on quotes from the Bible of the Old Testament, and identified
the Bible as words straight out of the mouth of God Himself.

There are so many assumed convictions from Jesus, the Son of God,
that we fail in a simple reading and hearing to appreciate them:  (1) First
there is the guarantee of a balanced life if we have enough respect for
the Bible as words from God and the Word of God, a balance between
first of all making a life by making a living and then supplemented with a
diet of life and living that includes all the Bible {“every word that
proceeds out of the mouth of God”}; (2) an assumed conviction and
postulate that the Bible does record words straight from the mouth of
God {granted the OT was the only Bible of Jesus’ days on earth, but
notice that already Jesus continued the tradition of those words and
books of the OT containing the words of God Himself, for Jesus quotes
in His customary form beginning with “It is written”, and we can further
our context of understanding by reading it from Deuteronomy 8:3}; (3)
the quote assumes a respect and reverence for the Bible not only as
words from His Father, but as a guide for life and living.

12-2:  Human pride does a funny thing to us in that we develop a
false sense of freedom from Satan and our own sins and
shortcomings that makes us captive to sin and Satan, and clouds
our prideful sense of intellectual honesty and magnified toleration.

For example, many sceptics think they are so tolerant and noble, select
among all Americans and intellectuals when they take a false balanced
approach toward life and living by claiming an in-between conviction
between the two extremes of aeriest and belief.  It seems to them as if,
even if God does not share their lack of commitment to either, history
will record them as a very good and likeable and admired individual.

NOTE:  The horrors of such a conclusion in the sight of God as
recorded in the Bible about His attitude.  You see, God looks at all His
human creations and labels them as either (1) believers, or (2)
unbelievers.  And although this is jumping somewhat to the conclusion
before the full reasoning about a GOD BLESSED BALANCE
it must be stated up front, and hopefully you have or will read the
message and chapter before this, “The Sceptic is Almost Doomed”--
primarily because in other words out of the mouth of God through the
Apostle Paul, “He that comes to God must believe that He is and that
He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  (Hebrews 11:6)
1.  Scepticism is like the LIE in that it denies the testimony of the Holy
Spirit in every human heart about “sin, righteousness, and judgement”,
denies the things known of God from nature, the individual conscience,
and the collective social conscience; then there is the Bible, preaching of
the Word, so that to hold firm on scepticism is to hold firm on intellectual
dishonesty, sin, Satan and pride to the full extent of the LIE.
2.  Satan was and continues to be the Father of the Lie. (John 8:43,44)
While sceptics and some around them along with the influential toward
scepticism may consider themselves intellectual and with a certain
status above the less moderate that believe, in the sight of God they
have chosen THE LIE over “the truth of God” (Romans 1:25), a
foolhardy choice with great detrimental consequences for doom in this
life and the next.
3.  The supreme, called the LIE in the Bible of Romans, lie is to deny
that God wants good for every life, and the beginning of that captivity in
the lying process is to deny even the existence of God.  How much
believing that God is, and the goodness of God to reward all diligent
seeking after God, if you are restraining in your sin and pride by the
status of a sceptic.  {I can not even respect scepticism to put it in capital
letters as a Sceptic, and this is out of respect for Our God.  I am
offended when any slur or race scepticism on His name and character,
or of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Bible.}
NOTE:  You know thes victims of pride and self-glory, even of
being a good and likeable person, expect us to roll over and play
dead in spite of the conversations in meditation and prayer and
Bible we have with Him every day; and in spite of the equal number
of years to the prideful that we have lived with Bible and God.  It
seems like Satan has them as deceived on Christians as He does
on the Lord Jesus Chris

12-3:  And while we are on the subject of the last quote, let us lay
up front the real gist of this message for your benefit, a real blessing
of Refreshing Evangelism in 2013, or any year, TO DILIGENTLY

Perhaps you will not always find Him because of the bad habits, sin, and
pride in your life, also used by Satan to cloud your reasoning and heart,
and the sad fact that you could have gone beyond the unpardonable sin,
or God has not chosen you as a child; however you do have far more
chance, than if you do not seek Him because of some false pride of
intellectual scepticism, and even more chance if you will simply try
DILIGENTLY to see Him, to take the route of pragmatism of William
James, that is “test it, try it, and prove it.”

12-4:  The Old Testament context of the “Bread and Bible” quoted
from Jesus on the balance of life; and how it helps to further guide
us away from scepticism and for those not inclined to scepticism,
to also guide them into a more balanced life that is a God ordained
and blessed balance of both making a living and making a life!

“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 God.”  
(Deuteronomy 8:3)
In the preliminary words from Moses {also words from God which
will be explained in terms of “holy men of God as they spake by
inspiration and the will of God} to a balanced life above, it was a
reminder to the assembly first people of God of the past 40 years in
the wilderness, a time “to humble you, and test you to know what
was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or
not.”  (Deuteronomy 8:1,2)
NOTE:  Doesn’t that sound like pragmatism except on the part of
God.  There were a new people of God just out of rescue from
Egyptian bondage, and God wanted to know what was in their
heart and if they would live a balanced life that keep His
Of course while it may seem a little drastic that God humbled them
by way of first making them humble and hungry out there in the
wilderness, and then providing for them in a historical manner, in a
manner in which “you did not know and your fathers did not
know,” while not always as dramatic, except when God does send
calamities to chastise and correct His own people, chastisement
through environment and circumstances has always been the New
Testament teaching of how God deals with His own children
instead of with bastard children (Hebrews 12:8).
1,  A few lessons of “instruction in righteousness” that we can learn from
the BREAD and Bible balance of life from Jesus, from the original
context of the quote; before we come back to the prime lessons of the
Balance from Jesus.
(1).  You see some difference between the permissive and the directive
will of God.  This kind of hunger problem is what one might expect
during 40 years out in the wilderness between Egypt and Palestine; but
although there was no limitations to Gods power and love for the
people, in the words of Moses and Deuteronomy, He “allowed them to
hunger”.  In some of the famous sayings, “All sunshine makes a desert”
and “When it is dark men see the stars”, which we might translate to
today on either the permissive or directive will of God, in the final
analysis why does it matter which way the calamities come, it wakes
people up and gets them out of the normal routines of life where they
“eat, drink, marry and give in marriage” and they are totally preoccupied
with BREAD over BIBLE, with the “cares of this world” and things and
possessions or the “deceitfulness of riches”.  It could not be made any
plainer, evidently not plain enough to those of Sandy Hook and New
Orleans and so on, the intentions of God in sending small or large
calamities on His own people by way of another quote {with explanation}
from the OT, this time from Provers 3:11,12 and as quoted, and
explained {remember there is no private interpretation so that the Bible
is self-interpretative, and the Apostle Paul explains what the Prophet
Solomon originally wrote:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor be
discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the LORD
loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.”  
(Hebrews 12:6 and Proverbs 3:11,12)
(2).  It would help you in the living of a balanced life, if we quickly noted
some of the explanations from Paul and in Hebrews 12 about how to
deal with the chastisements that chase calamities.  {See “Chastisement
Chases Calamities” from the BIBLE STUDIES IN JEREMIAH.}:  (a)  
endurance in the Christian race is required in light of the testimonies in
Hebrews 11 of the heros of faith and hope {See the previous message
of Refreshing Evangelism on FAITH AND HOPE.}; (b) keep your eyes
focused on Jesus as your Prime example who because of the joy of
eternity set before Him endured the cross and despised the shame {in
other words, He took the long look of the complete story of life, before
and after the END}; (c) in particular how Jesus endured the hostility of
persecution, and consider that you have not resisted persecution to the
extent of bloodshed; (d) then there are the “exhortations” (Hebrews 12:5)
of further instructions in righteousness {II Timothy 3:16,17) such as if
you endure God deals with you like sons, whereas if there is no
chastening in your life you are bastard children of God, we need to be in
more respect of God like a Father correcting His children, and LIVE
(Hebrews 12:9), God like our parents only chastened us for our own
good for a few days, the end goal of such chastening is that “we may be
partakers of His holiness” (Hebrews 12:10, and lastly take with
endurance the long look--
”no chastening seems to be joyful for the
present, but painful, nevertheless, afterwards it yields the peaceful
fruit of righteousness in those who have been trained in it.”  
(Hebrews 12)

12-5:  You probably never thought of reveling in the Bible as a prime
method for the Diligently seeking after God {at least, hopefully you
have come to note reveling in the Word as a time of refreshing from
the presence of the LORD}; but for some of you across the shores
from America, you may find it the only way, coupled with prayer,
unless you can listen to good Bible based sermons or read some
good, conservative Bible commentaries.

And in this near the END time, also when Jesus predicted in Matthew 24:
11-14, the roadblocks to actually hearing properly the word of God like
the rapid proliferation of deceptive false prophets, the awesome
abounding of sin and lawlessness of the Falling Away; and although we
are encouraged to be part of the preaching of the Gospel to every
nation that will usher in the Second Coming and the END, right now as
one challenge sufficient for the Falling Away you can diligently revel in
the Word of God.
1.  One way the false prophets are increasingly deceptive today is in the
false teachings, primarily through fiction based on fiction like with the
“left-behind” series of a false rapture and millineum, not Bible based
words, that happens before the END at the Second Coming.
2.  It is deceptive to lead listeners to believe that because they are
Christians they will not be in the present Falling Away, nor be in the final
tribulation, primarily physical as contrasted to the tribulation of
persecution in the great tribulation of the first century.
3.  Equally as false is the message of hope of prosperity coupled with
Christian faith, called the Gospel of Prosperity and another false gospel
to replace the gospel that was delivered by Paul (Galatians 1:6-9).  It
couples things, “cares of this life”, and the “deceitfulness of riches”  
(Matthew 13:23) with the challenge to increased faith, and of course
attendance at their church or support of their TV ministry.
There are so many of them, and they are so subtle and deceptive, that
they tax American and world credibility to know which are true.  {By the
way for you confessed sceptics of the Bible and the Lord Jesus Christ,
this is a recommended type of scepticism from Jesus and the Word of
God.}  They themselves look so prosperous and well-dressed, even
normal and handsome {or beautiful in the case of ladies as now there
are many lady false prophets, riding on the back of woman’s lib to
preach a message that before about 68 with the beginning of the Falling
Away would not have been listened to.}, that we just can not accept that
our favorites are really “wolves in sheep’s clothing” (Acts 20:29)

12-6:  You know you can live Bible as real as read and prayerfully
revel in IT!

There are fundamental ways like “remember the sabbath day”, or like a
lack of rebellion against God’s plan for marriage, or respect for the
name of God and for His book; however just as basic and fundamental
is the imbalance of life that comes too much “making a living”, too many
things” or to use the words of the Bible, also from Jesus in the parable
of the seed and sower, to allow faith and the seed of faith to be choked
completely out of your life by:  (1) “cares of this life”; and/or (2) the
deceitfulness of riches (Matthew 13:22).  Perhaps you didn’t notice the
living of Bible aspect in the quote from Jesus of Luke 4:4, yet it was
hard to miss in the source and context of Deuteronomy 8:3,
“...that He
might make you to know that man does not live by bread alone; but
man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
This implies:
1.  Like other Bible says, the implication here of a stronger contrast
between living by bread alone and just living by Bible is that God at the
same time promises that His own people will not go hungry.
2.  It implies that you should not fret for the things of this world, or for
tomorrow, for there is enough evil today and God will look out for
tomorrow (Matthew 6:25-34), and that God knows what you need like
the sparrows and leaves of the grass which He knows about and
provides for, and God will meet your needs as needed.
3.  The needs are met as the needs are encountered.  Recall also about
the manna in the wilderness, and how those that labored to collect much
had nothing left over, and those that were forced by weakness to labor
little had plenty.  And how Paul explains this is straight from the heart
and mind of God, a reflection of His love and character, also of His
grace, as He takes care of us according to our needs.  
“His grace is
sufficient, for His strength is made perfect in weakness.”  (II
Corinthians 12:7-10)
4.  Last warning note by a practical way of implementation.  Do not allow
the dominant concerns of making a living, drown out making a life; and in
particular a life of hope and faith.  Watch those “cares of this life” and
the “deceitfulness of riches” lest they rob you of a better life!
5.  Also do not let pleasures, even the more righteous ones, lead you
into the category of church members to stay away from, like in I Timothy
3:1-5 where they become “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God”,
and of course the old enemy of “pride” is there also.
6.  Your storing up by way of Bible and Bible living may not show
immediate results since the storage is in “heaven where neither rust or
corruption can affect”, certainly not as much as immediate pleasures,
lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life (I John 2:15-17), your
cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches; but a more moderate
BALANCE OF BIBLE WITH BREAD will yield those “peaceable fruits of
righteousness.”  (Hebrews 12:11)

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