Posts Tagged ‘word of God’

How to Apply the Unchanging Word of God in Changing Times

November 22, 2009

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matthew 24:35 KJV)

The scripture I have quoted above has two connotations to it: The first is that Heaven and Earth are subject to change and the second is that the word of God nonetheless is not subject to change. How to apply the unchanging Word of God in a constantly changing world has been a hard nut to break since time in memorial. Jesus for example faced hard times with the religious leaders of his time because they could not accept that times had changed. Christ said these words, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”(Matthew 5:17 KJV). Christ’s time was a time for the FULFILMENT of the Word of God.

Applying the Word of God to suit Changing Cultures

Social Scientists have observed that culture is dynamic. Culture in this article will be defined as shared beliefs and values of a group: the beliefs, customs, practices, and social behaviour of a particular nation, people, or family. And also as shared attitudes: a particular set of attitudes that characterizes a group of people.

When I was a little boy the culture of my community regarded those that used nail polish and face-paint as wayward women. But today the same people have a different culture concerning the use of cosmetics. Actually in the church today women are taught that the use of foundation, mascara, lipstick, eye shadow, blusher, etc is part of cleanliness. I totally agree them because a temple of God should be clean, beautiful, and organised. But the question is: has the word changed or has the application of it changed? Absolutely emphatically NO! The Word of God never changes and its application remains constant but only time has changed and culture has been transformed due to changing times.

I therefore will not be wrong to conclude that sometimes we humans apply the word of God to suit our cultures when it shouldn’t be so.

Do not make doctrines for changing matters

In my culture when we say that something is Cosmetic or plastic we mean that that thing changes as the outer conditions vary. A woman’s make-up for instance alters her appearance in changing temperatures. When it’s cold it enhances her appearance but when it humid it tones down her looks.

Since the Word of God is the same yesterday, today and forever then it should not be used to make doctrines that address ever changing things like lipstick and mascara.

Applying the Word of God consistently

From Genesis to Revelation the Word of God talks about one thing consistently. That one consistent subject is LOVE. Whether we talk about the Ten Commandments the focus is love: On these two (loving God and loving thy nieghbour) commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:40 KJV). Whether we talk about Faith the condition is love: For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. (Galatians 5:6 KJV).

Hence love should guide us when applying the Word of God in this ever changing world. In Genesis for example, Adam preached that a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 KJVR). When Christ came 4,000 years later he preached the same and said, “For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:5 KJVR). Many years after Christ Apostle Paul preached the same words saying, “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.”(Ephesians 5:31 KJVR). This teaching is consistent because only love can make two to become one flesh.

Herein is the conclusion of the whole matter:

If you are hurting others by the foods you eat, you are not guided by love. Don’t let your appetite destroy someone Christ died for. (Romans 14:15 CEV)

You see foundation and mascara have never been evil. But some brothers were nevertheless offended when some women years back applied it before it was acceptable. Hence the teachers of the time should have taught the women to walk by love by avoiding the use of it until it had been accepted culturally. Therefore, the application of the Word of God will remain constant in changing cultures if we apply it in LOVE.

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Spiritual Weapons of Warfare

October 23, 2009

I recently undertook a study on Spiritual Weapons of Warfare and I realized that the World Wide Web has got insufficient articles on the subject and that among the ones available most are quiet inaccurate.
This subject is the most hated by Satan and his cohorts because demons hate torment. I have not known what scares Satan to death apart from being tormented by the Blood of Christ and the Fire of the Holy Ghost. While Jesus Christ was on earth devils hated his presence because they hated torment. Read this:

“And when He had come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, two demon-possessed ones met Him, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one might pass by that way. And behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with You, Jesus, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”
(Matthew 8:28-29 MKJV)

To successfully overcome your opponent in any game you got to study and understand your opponent’s weakness. Hence having a good understanding of the Spiritual weapons and amour of Warfare will enable you to place the devils where the belong-trapped under your feet.

Before we study the weapons of warfare I would like you to notice before hand that there is a difference between weapons of warfare and the full armour of God.

What are the Spiritual weapons of our warfare?

A weapon is any instrument of offense; anything used or designed to be used in destroying or annoying an enemy. The weapons of rude nations are clubs, stones and bows and arrows. Modern weapons of war are swords, muskets, pistols, cannon and the alike.

The bible says that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds, that is that our weapons do not consist of either rude nation’s weaponry of modern nation’s weaponry. (2 Corinthians 10:4 KJVR)

Our enemies, Satan and his cohorts are spiritual; we can neither feel them nor see them. Hence our weapons ought to be spiritual and the battle spiritual also.

I have identified 7 weapons of warfare in the bible that are readily available for us Christian to use in destroying satanic strategies.

i. The name of Jesus Christ. Read Matthew 28:18-19 and Luke 10:17-18
ii. The word of God. Read Ephesians 6:17 and Revelation 12:11
iii. The blood of Jesus. Read Revelation 12:11 and Revelation 14:10
iv. The Fire and Brimstone of the Holy Ghost. Read Revelation 14:10
v. Fasting and Prayer. Read Mark 9:29
vi. Speaking in other tongues. Read Romans 8:26
vii. Testimonies. Read Revelation 12:11

What is the full armour of God?

Armour consists of protective clothing of metal or leather worn in battle by soldiers in former times.

Again the bible says that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12 KJVR). Therefore our armour cannot consist of metal or leather.

Christian armoury defines a character or state of mind that the devils will find impossible to permeate. The Apostle outlines 6 armours or states of being.

i. Truth. When you keep away lying and maintain truth in your Christianity you will be stable. No amount of rocking will displace you. However if you invite lies the devils will find you an easy target to pervade.
ii. Righteousness. Christ said, “The ruler of this world comes, and he has nothing in me.” (John 14:30 MKJV). Christ lived righteously, and so when the devil came he found nothing to hold against him.
iii. Gospel of peace. The devil fails to seep into peaceful environments. Hence the admonition, “Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. (Romans 12:18 GNB).”
iv. Faith. By faith the devil cannot deceive you by pointing at the present conditions or facts surrounding you. The just live by faith i.e. we live by the promises of God whether are manifest in our lives or not.
v. Salvation. We get saved by confessing Christ as Lord and believing that God raised him from the dead. You see Apostle Paul refers to salvation as a helmet. That is, it protects us from allowing Satan to infuse wrong doctrines of Christ or other gods. You may have noticed that most people who call themselves Christian but have not accepted him as their personal saviour have a confused concept of salvation. They even refuse to get born again.
vi. The word of God which is the sword of the Spirit. Although Apostle Paul calls the sword of the Spirit as armour, I think it’s more of a weapon than armour.

The bible says that the word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together.It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart.Hebrews 4:12 GNB)

Therefore, with the word of God we can discern all demonic strategies and frustrate them even before they are implemented.

In conclusion, both the weaponry and armoury are very important. Do not take one and leave the other. Hold fast to both and you will enjoy a very victorious Christian life.

To God be the Glory. Amen.

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48558: The Battle Is the Lord"s: Waging Victorious Spiritual Warfare The Battle Is the Lord’s: Waging Victorious Spiritual Warfare
By Tony Evans / Moody Publishers