God Himself taught that man should not only live on bread but also on the all His Words. This was way before Jesus Christ came into the world for the purpose of saving His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). This is revealed in Deuteronomy 8:3 where the Bible says, “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” Jesus also confirmed this when He was tempted by the devil and reminded Him this truth in the book of Matthew 4:4.
Note the following
Music, testimonies, works of charity, sermons and all other church activities, though not bad, but it is not what Christians should live by. In other words, all else can wait or be completely eliminated in our church programmes but not the Word of God because it is a spiritual diet for the soul. Jesus and God is not saying food is bad for us but it is not good enough for man.
Every Word that comes from the mount of God
What Words have God said to mankind? It is the rhema and the lagos. According to gotquestions.org, I quote, “There are two primary Greek words that describe Scripture which are translated “word” in the New Testament. The first, logos, refers principally to the total inspired Word of God and to Jesus, who is the living Word. Logos is found in John 1:1; Luke 8:11; Philippians 2:16; Hebrews 4:12; and other verses. The second Greek word translated “word” is rhema, which refers to the spoken word. Rhema literally means an utterance (individually, collectively or specifically). Examples are found in Luke 1:38; 3:2; 5:5; and Acts 11:16.
Simple and straight forward, the Holy Bible contains both the rhema and the lagos Words of God. All that is written in the Bible is the Word of God. I do believe that the rhema Word can also be spoken to us through the Holy Spirit, who is the third person of God. However, note that God will not speak a word that contradicts His written Word, the Scriptures, so there is a built-in safeguard to prevent misinterpretation. A word of caution to believers is that they should remember that the devil is also at work, he will work to reveal himself as the rhema Word and turn may away from God. It must be known that the devil has the ability to change himself to an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Amongst many benefits from the Holy Bible, it gives us promises, commands, suggestions and guidance in our daily lives. The Word of God is only for Christians but for every living individual. If for any reason you believe that the Word is not for you, think again. That is why the Holy Bible is widely available for anyone to buy and it is nowadays freely available through apps and downloadable software. The Holy Bible has been made available in audio files freely available on the internet. In this way, no one has an excuse for not having access to the Word of God.
The relevant Words by Jesus Christ
I thought I should add the Words of Jesus from the book of John where He emphasises the need to unite in Him. This is one commandment that every believer should strive to meet.
I quote from John 15:1-6,
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
An effort is required from the believer. Jesus reminds us that we cannot live nor can we be fruitful without Him.
I would like to end by saying that dieticians and nutritionists would confirm that eating an unbalanced diet is not good for anyone. In other words, if you feed on physical food alone, you are not balanced in your diet, you also need daily meals on the Word of God. The Word of God is not to be fasted. Better still you dedicate more time to reading and feeding on it than even the meals we take with our mouths. This will benefit your soul.
Muslims and other non-Christian religions are encouraged to read the Holy Bible.