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Youth Pastor: Thomas Little
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A Communication Resource of First Baptist Church of Royal

During Jesus’ temptation by Satan, Jesus confirms our absolute need to know and live by every word of God. Surely we need physical food to sustain our earthly body but we also need spiritual food to sustain our spiritual body. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
Everyone can relate to physical hunger. For most of us we can say we have been hungry but living where we do, food is not that hard to come by. Most of us have food in the house. The food may not be our favorite food but we have food. I am aware there are some who struggle keeping enough food at times but compared to other places in the world, we live in a land of plenty. Physically we know when we are hungry. Our stomachs may begin to “growl” or we experience some measure of physical weakness. If we do not feed ourselves, we will grow weaker. The spiritual hunger is just as important and arguably more important.
In Jesus’ temptation, He grew physically hungry. Forty days without nourishment leaves a person physically weak. If we spend 40 days getting the physical nourishment we need we should be healthy. But what if we go 40 days without receiving the spiritual nourishment we need? The word of God is our spiritual food. Jesus said we are to live by every word from the mouth of God. God’s word is where we find the nourishment we need to maintain spiritual healthiness.
I have learned this is a topic which is always good to mention. Satan loves for us to neglect the Bible. If you have been neglecting the word, I am not here to make you feel bad but rather to encourage you to recognize the absolute need for the word of God. Just as the athlete who is fit for activity pays close attention to the foods they consume, so the Christian must pay attention to their spiritual nourishment.
The word of God can be consumed in many ways. The Bible is the word of God in its purest form. Nothing can replace opening the Bible and feasting on its message. You may have the Bible in written form or electronically, it doesn’t matter. We can also hear the word in song or music. We can hear the word from others also. The word is the word and needs to be consumed but I say again, we need to be in the word. God is not limited in how He can communicate His word to us but nothing is as important as making the time to be in the word when we have the time, quiet, and focus to experience God feeding us.
We all know how busy life gets. No doubt we have all experienced times when we have been so busy we didn’t have time to eat for an extended period of time. There is a word I have heard recently which is “Hangry”. (Not sure if I spelled the word right!) It means to have anger due to being hungry. The lack of food has made us discontent to the point that it is affecting our emotions and behavior. I wonder if some of our discontent is from being spiritually “hangry”?
I think there may be some truth here. Being spiritually “hangry” leaves us unhappy and discontent. Nothing seems to go right and we feel distant from God. We can become over worried about life and feel alone. We feel like we are missing something important. Worse we begin to be less focused on the things of God and more inclined to the things of the world. In Colossians 3:10 Paul reminds us that the “new man”, our new nature in Christ is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him. Practically speaking, this knowledge is received through God’s word. The word of God is a necessity for the Believer, just as sure as food is a necessity for the body. If you have been neglecting your spiritual nourishment, then I hope you will belly up to the word and feast on the food meant to sustain you spiritually.
God Bless


One day, I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise. Ah the beauty of God’s creation is beyond description. As I watched, I praised God for His beautiful work. As I sat there, I felt the Lord’s presence with me. He asked me, “Do you love me?”
I answered, “Of course, God! You are my Lord and Saviour!”

Then He asked, “If you were physically handicapped, would you still love me?”
I was perplexed. I looked down upon my arms, legs and the rest of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn’t; be able to do, the things that I took for granted. And I answered, “It would be tough Lord, but I would still love You.”

Then the Lord said, “If you were blind, would you still love my creation?” How could I love something without being able to see it? Then I thought of all the blind people in the world and how many of them still loved God and His creation.
So I answered, “Its hard to think of it, but I would still love Your creation.”

The Lord then asked me, “If you were deaf, would you still listen to my word?” How could I listen to anything being deaf?
Then I understood. Listening to God’s Word is not merely using our ears, but our hearts.
​I answered, “It would be tough, but I would still listen to Your word.”

The Lord then asked, “If you were mute, would you still praise My Name?”
How could I praise without a voice? Then it occurred to me: God wants us to sing from our very heart and soul. It never matters what we sound like. And praising God is not always with a song, but when we are persecuted, we give God praise with our words of thanks.
​So I answered, “Though I could not physically sing, I would still praise Your Name.”

And the Lord asked, “Do you really love Me?”
​With courage and a strong conviction, I answered boldly, “Yes Lord! I love You because You are the one and true God!”
I thought I had answered well, but God asked, “THEN WHY DO YOU SIN?”

I answered, “Because I am only human. I am not perfect.”


No answers. Only tears.
The Lord continued: “Why only sing at fellowships and retreats? Why seek Me only in times of worship? Why ask things so selfishly? Why ask things so unfaithfully?”
​The tears continued to roll down my cheeks.

“Why are you ashamed of Me? Why are you not spreading the good news? Why in times of persecution, you cry to others when I offer My shoulder to cry on? Why make excuses when I give you opportunities to serve in My Name?”
I tried to answer, but there was no answer to give.

“You are blessed with life. I made you not to throw this gift away. I have blessed you with talents to serve Me, but you continue to turn away. I have revealed My Word to you, but you do not gain in knowledge. I have spoken to you but your ears were closed. I have shown My blessings to you, but your eyes were turned away. I have sent you servants, but you sat idly by as they were pushed away. I have heard your prayers and I have answered them all.”


I could not answer. How could I? I was embarrassed beyond belief. I had no excuse. What could I say to this? My heart had cried out and the tears had flowed, I said, Please forgive me Lord. I am unworthy to be Your child.”

The Lord answered, ” That is My Grace, My child.”

I asked, ” Then why do you continue to forgive me? Why do You love me so?”
The Lord answered, “Because you are My creation. You are my child. I will never abandon you. When you cry, I will have compassion and cry with you. When you shout with joy, I will laugh with you. When you are down, I will encourage you. When you fall, I will raise you up. When you are tired, I will carry you. I will be with you till the end of days, and I will love you forever.”
Never had I cried so hard before. How could I have been so cold? How could I have hurt God as I had done?

I asked God, “How much do You love me?”
The Lord stretched out His arms, and I saw His nail-pierced hands. I bowed down at the feet of Christ, my Saviour. And for the first time, I truly prayed.

Author Unknown.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:16-17
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