The late Paul Little wrote several key books for my young Christian life, including How to Give Away Your Faith and Know What and Why You Believe. My question for my readers — and myself — is: Do I really believe what I say I believe? Or am I, like the runaway missionary Jonah, just mouthing orthodox statements unsubstantiated by my personal life?
Do I believe in TRUTH? When the Lord Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me,” (Jn. 14:6), do I believe Him? Is He my source of truth? Do I affirm all that the Bible affirms? Do I submit my daily decisions, my carefully-thought-out priorities, to the principles of God’s Word? Do I really believe that God has spoken in the Old and New Testaments without stuttering?
IF I believe in TRUTH, I will affirm that it can be known and it has the power to set me free! Free from my self-deception, free from being squeezed into this world’s mold, free from the ever-changing circumstances of life which can erode one’s faith like a levy gradually washed away by a hurricane.
Part of the TRUTH that Christians must affirm is the existence and reality of the devil. Yes, you read that right! He is not the skinny guy wearing red leotards carrying a pitchfork. He is a formidable foe who is an expert at masquerading as an angel of light — and he hates you and me! He wants to gobble us up!
Jesus says to Israel’s religious leaders in John 8- “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” There is a professional LIAR who denies God’s Word and wants us to do the same. But we belong to the One who is TRUTH!
Today’s Challenge: In our world of conflicting opinions, take the time to share one indisputable TRUTH with someone today. It may be the simple fact that God loves them. But purpose before God to share that TRUTH. Today. Deal?