One of the greatest weapons of the enemy is lies, deceit and falsehood. But God gives us His belt of Truth to protect us from Satan’s lies. The more we strengthen our core with God’s truth the better we will be able to stand firm and not trip over Satan’s lies & schemes. Therefore, the Truth of God’s Word must be fastened like a belt to our lives.The Belt was an essential part of the armour and not for decoration.The sword and the Roman dagger were suspended upon it. It held much of the armour in place. Needed to be firmly fastened. It allowed a soldier to be ready for action. 1. What is the truth? What is the belt of truth and why do we need to fasten this belt? The belt is the whole gospel of Jesus Christ – John 14:6.It is ‘the faith’, Jude 3. The Belt of Truth is Foundational – (1 Peter 5:8–10) ‘Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.’A belt is designed to hold clothing up so it doesn’t trip us. In the same way God’s belt of Truth helps us not trip and fall over Satan’s lies. Remember what the Bible calls Satan? - The Father of Lies; great deceiver. The Belt of Truth keeps us from being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine - Ephesians 4:14
We must be aware that the devil seeks opportunities to defeat those who belong to Christ and we must be ready at all times to stand against him. Satan uses bait to trap people – 1 Corinthians 11:3. Eve was beguiled by the clever words of the devil. She was deceived by the words 'you shall be like God'. The bait Satan uses is the 'exaltation of self' and he does this through the influence of friends, close personal relationships or through false teaching. A hunter will set a trap in such a way that the animal is unaware that there is any danger. Everything needs to look as normal as possible and the trap must be well hidden. The animal will then not be ready for the danger and will have no opportunity of preventing itself from being caught. Satan traps people in the same way. He works in the dark so that his traps are well hidden and then he seeks to kill, steal and destroy. He uses camouflage to disguise himself and through deception he seeks to entrap people. Satan traps people by anaesthetising the mind. Many Christians have been deceived by the clever wiles (schemes) of the devil because they were unaware of the danger. 1. What do you understand by the word “wiles”? Can you itemize and recollect some of the wiles of the devil listed in part three (3) of the introductory party of our study?
We cannot defeat the enemy with carnal weapons; we must stand in the strength and power of the Lord. Our own abilities are not enough to overcome the enemy. Spiritual strength and power is through a close personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
1. When the scripture says ‘be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might,’ what does it mean or what is it saying?
2. According to these scriptural passages Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Colossians 3:1-4; Romans 6:4, 7:6, how is a close relationship with the Lord Jesus developed?
3. Why is Apostle Paul admonishing us to be strong in the Lord Jesus in this spiritual warfare we are engaging in? How important is it to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might?
4. If it is important, then what dangers do we face if we are not strong in the Lord and the power of His might?
The admonition of Apostle Paul as he was concluding his letter to the Ephesian Christians is very important to living a daily victorious Christian life. We are constantly engaged in spiritual combat and warfare with the enemy of the cross. There is no neutral ground on this battlefield – Matthew 12:30 (the Message). This is the reason ApostlePaul did not just admonish Christians to put on the armour of God but they were charged to put on “COMPLETE ARMOUR.” Meaning that this entire amour is vital to victory in the battle front.
We may forget at times that one thing is true - this world is a battlefield. Day by day, hour by hour, we face a spiritual war and an enemy who’s real. He wants nothing more than to bring defeat, for his main aim is to steal, kill, and destroy. The forces of darkness don't wait for us to be ready for their attack. They're ruthless, determined, and cunning. The devil could care less if we "feel" prepared or prayed up for our day. In fact, he prefers we're not. If you belong to the Kingdom of God, you are a prime target for the attacks of the world, your own flesh, and the devil. True, these foes have been defeated by our Lord Jesus Christ, but until the Lord's return. Thankfully, our King has not left us to fend off the devil, the world, and our sinful flesh by ourselves. -
In these verses the writer refers to the old Jewish sacrifices offered upon the altar, but the bodies of the animals were taken outside the camp and burned. The Lord Jesus was taken outside the city of Jerusalem to be crucified (John 19:15-18). In these verses there is a sequence of practical truth and teaching which will force itself upon you: Are you living for time or eternity? Consider:-
Our helper in every time of need is the Lord Himself, and every believer can say “the Lord is my helper”. In this brief statement we discover three things:-
1. This help is ADEQUATE because it is divine, almighty help –“The Lord is my helper.” When we are in need friends come to our aid, but often they cannot help us because their resources are inadequate. The Lord’s resources are never inadequate. His name is El-Shaddai (Genesis 17:1), which means that He is “the Enough God”.
2. This help is always AVAILABLE because the Lord who doesn’t change is always with us – “The Lord is my helper.” Link together Hebrews 13:8, the end of verse 5, and verse 6. Do you recall that Mary and Martha said, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21, 32)? But He is always here – Psalm 46:1.
3. This help is APPROPRIATE to our individual needs because it is personally dispensed to each of us according to our need – “The Lord is my helper.” My needs are different from those of everyone else and His help is appropriate.
In Hebrews 13:1-9 we are shown several ways in which we need the Lord’s help if we are to live the Christian life effectively. Let’s look at them:-
The Bible is a very wonderful book. It is a composite library of 66 books, of which 39 comprise the Old Testament and 27 the New Testament. The Bible is unique, for it is no mere haphazard collection of writings, but is an organic whole, each of the 66 books being necessary to the whole 'library'. Any careful reader will quickly discover that there is a plan behind the arrangement of the books, and a unity about the Bible that is nothing less than miraculous. That is why we have entitled this study 'The Bible: God's Miracle Book'. The Bible is inspired, authoritative and entirely trustworthy. What are the grounds for believing this? Consider the following: Click for more
Have you ever noticed the important words, phrases and expressions that appear in the opening verses of 1 Peter, chapter 1? Notice the words chosen, grace, peace (verse 2); mercy (verse 3); inheritance, heaven (verse 4); faith (verse 5); and gospel (verse 12); and also the phrases: sanctifying work of the Spirit, the blood of Jesus (verse 2); and given us new birth (verse 3). All of these might well be called identifying words of the gospel, for they are words and phrases unique to the Christian revelation. There is one word, however, that Peter uses repeatedly; it is the word salvation – look at verses 5, 9 and 10, and notice the theme of verses 9-12. In this portion of scripture we have an outline of the meaning and method of God's great salvation. Click for more
There is surely no more comforting truth in the whole Bible than that God guarantees to keep His children from the present moment of time until they arrive safely in Heaven. How comforting this is to the new convert – look up Jude 24; to those in middle life – look up 2 Timothy 1:12; and to those nearing the journey's end – look up 2 Timothy 4:18! There was one special petition that our Lord Jesus offered in His great intercessory prayer – look up John 17:15. Peter gives the same emphasis to this glorious truth in 1 Peter 1:5. It is important, of course, to study the setting and context of the words, and to see what verses 2 to 4 say in introducing verse 5. They tell us that as believers we are chosen, sanctified, cleansed, born again and bound for Heaven! The Lord is not only keeping Heaven for us, but He is keeping us for Heaven; Click for more
In this study we are to consider some of the things that God puts first in order of importance. There is a certain excitement about 'first things'. Most of us remember our first day at school, and our parents probably remember the first time we walked or talked! Can you remember the first time you saw your need of the Lord Jesus as your own personal Saviour? – look up Acts 16:30-31; the first time you prayed in public? – look up Acts 9:11; the first time you gave your testimony, led a soul to Christ or preached a sermon – look up John 1:41-42? All these experiences came first in order of time: in this study, however, we shall focus upon some things that should come first by our deliberate choice. Concerning these God says, Click for more
Here is a subject concerning which we can turn to almost any portion of the Word of God for material, for the Bible is packed full of promises, encouragements and illustrations that emphasized the power of prevailing prayer. As a point of departure we shall base this study upon James 5:16-18. It is said that James had knees that were worn hard by his constant habit of kneeling. If this is true, we have the testimony of a man who had proved the power of prayer in his own life, and practiced what he preached. Notice that James 5:16 speaks about a particular kind of prayer – 'The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.' Do we know anything about this kind of prayer? Click for more