Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
John 14:6 – “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”
John 1:14 – “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 17:17 – “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”
Ephesians 5:26-27 – “That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”
- TRUTH: Over one hundred years ago a French atheist stated that in 100 years no one would read the Bible and it would only be found in museums. Today Voltaire is wrong – the Bible is and has been the best selling book in the entire world, printed in practically every language of the world and preached and quoted more than all the other philosophies combined.
- TRUTH: The Russian Revolution in 1917 was to be the beginning of a world-wide cause that would stamp out religion (the opiate of the masses) around the world. Khrushchev stated on a visit to the United States when Nixon was President, “We will bury you.” He was talking about the United States while banging his shoe on the desk. Today, where is the Russian Federation called the USSR? Disbanded…we now have military bases in some of those countries.
- TRUTH: We now have missionaries and churches and Bible Schools of various denominations in some of those countries. Romania alone has a much larger Christian population in some denominations than does the US. Indonesia, the most populated Moslem country in the world has two of the three largest Christian Churches in the world. One of these churches has over 50,000 members and another has over 80,000 members.
- QUESTION: Why should we read and study or listen and hear the Word of God? I’ll answer that question with another question. What else are you going to read and study or listen to and hear that will do for you what the Word of God does for you?
Psalm 119:11 – The Psalmist David said “Your Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against You.”
John 14:6 – Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except by me.”
John 8:32 – Jesus said “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
- TRUTH: God’s Word will stand the test of time.
- TRUTH: The Word of God will set you free.
- TRUTH: The Word of God will deliver you from all kinds of bondage.
- TRUTH: The Word of God will be your stay in time of trouble
- TRUTH: The Word of God will do for you when all else fails.
- TRUTH: The Word of God will do when you are dying.
- TRUTH: The Word of God will be your comfort in the storm.
- TRUTH: The Word of God will be your strength in times of stress.
- TRUTH: The Word of God will be your hope when all else is hopeless.
- TRUTH: The Word of God will be your help when all seems helpless.
- TRUTH: The truth is God’s Word.
When the Baptist and the Methodist disagree, when the Catholic and the Lutherans disagree, when the Pentecostals and the Nazarenes disagree, we need not look at their various denominational rule books but look at the Word of God.
God’s Word will stand the test of time. God’s Word is the final authority.
- The truth is not what you think.
- The truth is not what you believe.
- The truth is not what you have been told.
- The truth is not what you have heard.
- The truth is what “Thus says the Lord.” That truth you will find in the pages of His Word.
God’s Word is our only source. It will keep you on track. It will keep you from straying. It will keep you from guessing. It will keep you from questioning.
Hide the Word of God in your heart. Make it your guide. Make it your source book. Let the Word of God dwell in you richly.
- Truth does several things for the Christian solder.
- Keeps him from being deceived by false teaching
- Helps him grow up in Christ