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Page 5 - August 2018 - Truth & Tidings
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Introducing the person of the Holy Spirit   lie. What sin is presently controlling my
        to His disciples, He calls him the Spirit   life? Third, we must shine the truth on the
        of Truth (John 14:17). Later in the prayer,   lie. Take what God says, and let its truth
        we are reminded that the Word of God is   become more real to us than the lie we
        truth. This is why there is no substitute for   have believed. Finally, we must confess the
        getting into the Word of God and allowing   truth by faith. Allow the power of God’s
        its truth to fill us. We need to see the great-  Word through the Holy Spirit to demolish
        ness, wonder, and majesty of our God and   strongholds so we are able to live in the
        Savior. Truth becomes our nourishment   reality of the truth.
        and enjoyment. This was the experience   Allowing the Truth to Transform
        of Jeremiah, who said, “Your words were   If we yield to the truth of Scripture, we
        found and I ate them, and Your words   will become truthful, like our Lord. Be-
        became to me a joy and the delight of my   cause of the absence of the definite article
        heart” (Jer. 15:16, ESV).            in Ephesians 6:14, it is quite possible that
          To put on the belt of truth is to make the   “putting on the belt of truth,” is “putting on
        Word of God a priority in our lives. We   the belt of truthfulness.” This emphasizes
        need to fasten this belt tightly each day of   the necessity of an honest, open, sincere,
        our lives. It is truth that makes us ready.  and authentic life.
        Combating the Lies with the Truth      William  MacDonald  says,  “The  first
          With the attacks of the enemy, the attrac-  piece of armor mentioned is the belt of
        tion of the world, and our own treacherous   truth. Certainly we must be faithful in
        tendency toward sin, it is extremely easy to   holding the truth of God’s Word, but it is
        let lies take over and control us. Peter said,   also necessary for the truth to hold us. We
        “Gird up the loins of your mind,” to guard   must apply it to our daily lives. As we test
        our thinking with the powerful Word of   everything by the truth, we find strength
        the living God (1Peter 1:13, KJV). While   and protection in the combat.”
        the truth of God protects and defends us, it   As we submit to the truth, it grips us and,
        also actively opposes the enemy. Paul tells   in turn, changes us. Truth has the amazing
        us to destroy or tear down the strongholds   ability to transform, to make us more like
        of Satan by the power of God, “For the   our God and His Son, Jesus Christ. “And
        weapons of our warfare are not carnal but   we all, with unveiled face, beholding the
        mighty through God to the pulling down   glory of the Lord, are being transformed
        of strongholds” (2Cor 10:4 KJV).     into the same image from one degree of
          Satanic strongholds are formidable   glory to another” (2Cor 3:18, ESV). The
        fortresses erected in the mind, which can   question we need to ask ourselves is this:
        only be demolished by the power of God—  Am I becoming more like Jesus? As each
        strongholds such as pride, lust, anxiety,   day goes by, am I more holy, more righ-
        discouragement, inferiority, doubt, and   teous, more free, more gentle, more loving,
        greed, just to name a few. Each of these   more forgiving, more gracious?
        strongholds is based on a lie and needs to   If we are going to effectively battle for
        be counteracted by the truth.        God, we must have the belt of truth firmly
          First, we must face the lie. This takes   fastened about us. His truth will sustain,
        humility to accept our weaknesses and   direct, enable, and change us into warriors
        tendencies. Second, we must name the   that He can use for His own glory.

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