Spiritual Intelligence for Fastening the BELT of TRUTH –
The surest means to suffer great casualties, and fastest way to becoming a victim of spiritual warfare is to Pervert the Truth of the Word of God or be Devoid of it.
Today, there are whole lots of human experiences, traditions of men, and demonic philosophies that is paraded as Truth. Most of which are also being used to subjugate the Truth of scriptures; especially by subjecting the true meaning of God’s word to the interpretation and judgment of Man’s experiences.
We trade the Truth about God for a lie, and exchange it for images in our minds. We worship our ideas, and bow down to the imaginations of our hearts. No wonder, we are predominantly powerless against Satan and labour under him servitude instead of reigning over him in victory.
“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.” Romans 1:25
A Christian that professes to worship God, but living contrary to God’s word and not committed to a life of Truth is no longer a man after God’s image in Christ, but rather, a man who has formed God after his own image, and unto which he renders worship. To make a God after your own image means to offer worship according to the dictates of your IMAGINATION and IDEA without conscious and diligent effort to know how to present yourself a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God – Romans 12:1. You cannot worship God according to your own definition or serve Him after your inclination, and be GUILTLESS.
Experience based analysis rather than the Truth has been the phenomenon among God’s people today. That is responsible for the spiritual darkness hovering the people. DO NOT use your experiences [revelations and inspirations], however SPECTACULAR, to interpret or support the Word of Truth, rather, ALLOW the Word of God to JUDGE and VALIDATE your experiences.
It does not really matter whether or not you have joined the bandwagon of men who have, through their lifestyle and apparent perversion of the truth of God’s word, and so defiantly declared “Let us make God in our own image”, what matters is if, with a sincere conscience you can say, Yes, I have patterned and lived my life according to the Truth or a Lie.
The most vicious spiritual battle we are faced with today is the battle for the Truth. We have gradually slipped into coma, and becoming
oblivious of the true knowledge of God. Indeed, the Word of the Lord is scarce, and the eyes for godly visions is closing out by the day, “In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions.” 1 Samuel 3:1, and also, the days foretold are here; a great famine ravages the congregation of the People of God.
“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine through the land– not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.” Amos 8:11
Woe unto us that live at such a time as this, for how shall we be able to stand against the devil’s schemes, and survive the evil days without our loins girded with the BELT of TRUTH. No wonder THINGS fall APART; the CENTER no longer HOLDS; mere ANARCHY is loosed upon many LIVES and the CHURCH.
Everything falls apart without the Truth at the centre of it, and nothing holds up apart from it. It is written “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17. The word “sanctify” means to make holy, complete or whole. So Jesus was praying to the father that, “make them WHOLLY and HOLY by the truth”, knowing fully well that the Truth is essential to the entire framework of the believer, and that nothing else stands or holds in its absence or perversion of it.
None of the other component of the WHOLE Armour of God can stay on the believer without the BELT of TRUTH firmly tightened.
There is no neutral ground in spiritual warfare, and the intrigue is that you can unconsciously shift grounds of allegiance, the moment you stop seeking and living according to established Truth about God as revealed through the scriptures, and this will immediately displace you from the position of power and dominion and reinstates you into a condition of servitude and weakness; in constant jeopardy of satanic manipulations and antics.
The Truth is also the guaranty for your FREEDOM and REIGN in this life; it is the revelation of it that makes you walk Free EXPERIENTIALLY, for; “you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free” John 8:32.
You paid nothing to secure your right for freedom, Christ paid it all, and you are INDEED free LEGISLATIVELY, “ for whoever the Son sets free is free indeed” John 8:36. However, you have to know that you have been set free, and make declarative demands for freedom to be able to walk away from every handicaps and demonic restraints.
“…for with the heart man believes [knows] unto righteousness [what has been made rightfully yours], and with the mouth confession [declarative demand] is made unto salvation [freedom]” Romans 10:10
Your victory over satanic manipulation and deception is premised on your knowledge of the Truth. You NEED to know the TRUTH of the gospel of Christ holistically to engage and enjoy your freedom, for “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
Even Jesus Christ, who is God in the flesh, saved himself from satanic manipulations and temptations by subjecting His inspirations and encounters to the integrity of the ESTABLISHED truth from scriptures. In this practice, there is safety!
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” 1 John 4:1
Testing the spirits means that one must know how to “examine the Scriptures, test all things, and hold fast to what is true”. The Word of God is to be “a lamp” and “a light” to our path (Psalm 119:105). We must let its light shine on the teachings and doctrines of the day; the Bible alone is the standard by which all truth must be judged
Sadly, there are many people who claim to teach and speak for God who are presenting a false gospel that is powerless to save. Therefore, the way to test the spirits is to see if what is being taught is in line with the clear teaching of Scripture. In Acts 17:10-11 the Berean Jews were commended because, after they heard the teachings of Paul and Silas, they “examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” The Bereans were called “noble” for doing so.
Thus, we are reminded of the fact that it is our solemn duty, as believers, to stand up for the Truth.
Today we need not be so concerned about the evil forces at work outside the church, politically and religiously; we should be more concerned about the evil forces at work inside the church, and because there are many false prophets who are doing the work of the Enemy (2 Corinthians 11:15), it is the clear duty of every believer to defend the Faith
J.B. Phillips translates Jude 3 thus, “Put up a real fight for the faith which was once for all committed to those who belong to Christ.” In other words, we are admonished to defend the whole body of revealed Truth which is contained in the whole of the inspired canon of Scripture, the Word of God.
This is the good Fight of Faith we must fight at ALL COST, because the Faith is being attacked. Today all the great fundamental truths of the Christian Faith are being attacked and denied – not just by outsiders, but by men inside the church.
Arise, O Compatriot, defend the Faith and stand up for the Truth!
- By Knowing the Truth. The knowledge of the Truth is the pathway to freedom and the only antidote to deception. Understanding the embodiment of the true Gospel of Christ empowers you to live according to it.
Here is the Gospel:
The Sovereign and Eternal God, according to His power created all things for His pleasure and glory. He manifested in the flesh through Christ Jesus to Dispense Mercy, Release Grace, and Administer Justice. So that, – all mankind and angelic beings – the true worshipers may worship Him in Spirit and in Truth forever and ever; having conquered all adversaries through death and resurrection of Christ, and restored dominion and power to us all His sons saved by Grace, and with loud voices declared “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 11:15
The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. Psalm 118:23-24
- By Living the Truth.There is no greater defence of the Faith and proof of its power than a Christ-like life. Though we must speak the Truth and stand up for the Truth, we must do it in love (Ephesians 4:15). Let us beware of becoming hard, critical, uncharitable and un-Christ-like. Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
- By Proclaiming the Truth.Preach the Gospel – the positive certainties of the Faith! This will kill error in the quickest way. By all means expose error, but do so mainly by positive instruction in the Truth. Do not become a heresy hunter!
- By Defending and Suffering for the Truth.Rather than that the Faith should suffer, we must be willing to suffer, as thousands today are doing. Our forefathers died for the Faith. May God give us grace to follow in their train and at all costs to stand up for the Truth. Read Acts 7:54-60, and compare Acts 5:41-42.