I want to delve a bit deeper into what it might look like, living loved instead of being ruled by fear.
There is a driven and relentless searching within us to try and find something or someone that will quell the intense hunger we have.
But as he has pointed out, living is only found in relationship with Himself, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word spoken in the setting of this common-union'.
I was reminded again when reading the following scriptures where our true strength comes from.
"I'll send a famine through the whole country. It won't be food or water that's lacking, but my Word.People will drift from one end of the country to the other, roam to the north, wander to the east.They'll go anywhere, listen to anyone, hoping to hear God's Word—but they won't hear it."
The bible speaks about 'the mystery of Godliness', the Word becoming flesh, and in so doing was fully identified with man as a man.
In that miracle we now are being fully identified with God. Lets look for a moment at a scene where Jesus was deliberately led into the wilderness by the Spirit Of God, and after forty days of going without food, it says He hungered.
It goes on to say, the tempter (Satan) came to him saying, 'If you are the Son of God, use you divine power to turn these stones into bread.'
Many see this being a moot point, meaning Jesus could not actually have been tempted..well he was, and it was as the Son of Man (the last Adam) that he over came.
What I think I am seeing here is this, it was as a man, (the Son of man) that Jesus was tempted to draw upon his divine powers, but instead it was as a man he drew His strength, his sustenance from the word that his Father spoke into his heart...man shall not live by bread alone..
In the ongoing transformation unfolding in the lives of the saints, our same adversary comes to us and in the heated and trying moments, whispers his lies to us, and if we are not living in the security of His loving acceptance of us, the result will be for us to lean upon our humanity.
Maybe its meant to be a famine no matter how idyllic it appears. Maybe its only in hearing the spirit of truth whispering into our hearts, It is no longer I that lives but Christ, and in hearing that, we are enabled to over come the father of lies.
Who do you say that I AM?