Duane Vander Klok
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
The most important thing about any person is what you believe about God. Whatever you may believe will influence everything you say, think, and do in your life. Scripture tells us that the very things we speak come from the heart, and it is those things that have the potential to defile us. If what you believe in your heart is that God is angry, upset, or is not all-loving and good, then these things will manifest in our words first and move into all facets of our lives.
The problem is that there is an Enemy that is trying his hardest to turn our attention away from the Truth of God in order to convince us that He is not good, not all-loving, not present, and doesn’t want the very best for His children. You see, in the Garden of Eden, the Enemy wasn’t trying to convince Adam and Eve that God didn’t exist. Instead, he was trying to twist what they believed about God and the Truth that God had told them. It was from this seed of deceit planted their hearts that defiled not just themselves with sin, but all of humanity.
Yet there is good news: Jesus Christ stepped off of His heavenly throne to be born, live among us, die for the sin that held humanity in captivity, and rise again in glory and victory. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that “He who knew no sin became sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” This means that we no longer have to live within the shadow of deceit and lies of the Enemy, but can know the Truth, live out His good purpose for our lives, and live in right relationship with Him.
This week, let’s ask for Him to reveal the lies and seeds of the deceit of the Enemy, and turn back into His presence and Truth.