Truth

Have you ever heard someone say – “you believe what you believe and I’ll believe what I believe.”    But which one is right!   Well those who are of other faiths – believe their truth is the truth, but yet what is the real truth?

Of course I believe in the Trinity – Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).   I believe it is the real truth.  I have seen the Holy Spirit work in me and in others.  So I truly believe my truth of God is the truth.

You see that many people believe a higher power created the world, recent poll showed 92% of Americans believe in a higher power or superior being.  Now even within the Christian faith we have many different churches because people cannot agree even with the Christian faith.

So I want to share what I believe.  I believe that the Godhead created the world, he created man and brought him into the world to have fellowship with him and give him purpose.  People messed up and separated the relationship between God and people.  God continued to try and restore the relationship, but it took his son coming to earth, Jesus to die on the cross to save us all from sins.  You see before Israel gave sacrifices  for their sin each year as an atonement, but that wasn’t getting the job done, so Jesus can in human fleshed to be the blood sacrifice that took care of it once and for always.

I believe Jesus is the son of God and he is the only son.   I do believe that he gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit and with that we continue to have purpose on this earth.   When we leave this world – we will live with God and continue to serve him.  Those who are not believers and reject God will find themselves in a place called “hell.”  I believe Satan is real.

Simple enough – but I believe the scriptures support all of my beliefs and that Old and New Testament lead to our relationship with God.

So once you become a believer then there are things that get missed in with different churches and difference doctrines.    I think some things as believers are not deal breakers.  That they are not things that cause us to loose our salvation.

I will not go into the different in this blog.

Today I am looking at my memory verse and questions in this Bible study:

Ephesians 6:16

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Write this on 4 sticky notes today and stick them around your house.

How does are faith allow us to stand firm against the Devil?

Our memory verse talks about the shield of faith, in Roman times:

6:16 shield of faith. The Roman shield was large enough to cover the whole body; it was made of wood, covered with hide, and bound with iron at the top and bottom. When dipped in water before a battle, it could extinguish fire arrows that had been dipped in aand set ablaze.

Paul’s intention in Ephesian, we must understand the encouragement Paul speaks of in being strong in the Lord and in his mighty power as one of the consequences of being God’s followers.  We should be submissive to one another, we must always remain strong in resisting the evil forces  and devil that surrounds us.

Does our resistance from the devil come from our own power?

Claiming the Lord’s strength, we can stand against the devil’s schemes.

What was Paul’s request for prayer?   Where did his boldness come from?  Where can we find the power to be bold in our faith?

Paul provides us guidance in Ephesians Chapter 6 on how to move to application of triumph living.   Paul now moves from theory to practice. Having made believers aware of the hope to which God has called them to live a life worthy of the calling.  Paul had a sense of urgency in delivering the message because he was a prisoner.  His boldness came from his faith in Jesus Christ and the message he was delivering.

We have the opportunity to have the same boldness and power of the holy spirit to live our lives just like Paul did in delivering the message of Christ and the salvation and power we have as his followers.

Amen.

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