“You don’t know the word of God.”
“You’re not theologically sound.”
“If the Bible has been translated so many times, don’t you think the heart of it has been lost? How can you be SURE this is the real stuff?”
“You’re a fake.”
At the beginning of 2020, I felt this invitation from the Lord to read through the Bible, cover to cover. It was in the early mornings while drinking my cup of coffee that I was met with two powerful voices, the Father of Lies and the Father of Lights. I knew stepping into this season of obedience would be costly, but I didn’t know just how much of a threat I’d suddenly become. I found myself constantly in battle with lies & words from the enemy. You see, the Father of Lies has an agenda. He comes to steal, kill and destroy. He gets us far away from God and sets our heart on sin. He is accusatory, selfish, a liar and a thief. This came as no surprise to me.
I grew up reading the Bible. One of my favorite memories as a family was the season we read through the Bible together. We’d sit around the table as our parents read stories of hope, love, war, redemption and sin. In typical Sunday school manner, Bible stories were often represented by felt characters, coloring sheets and artsy crafty stuff. The most humiliating and somewhat comical event as a child was when they picked me to be Joseph for the Christmas church play. They must have run out of boys for the role and I still laugh at it to this day! As a child, I never questioned the Bible or wrestled with it. I guess I thank my childlike faith for that. Yes, some things were strange to me and I saw the mystery in the stories, but I was in awe of the words each book held.
The Word of God brings awareness to our hearts, which is why we have to learn how to fight the enemy.
My tactic for fighting the enemy was actually just the thing he was trying to take away from me. As I sat down to read it, I would speak out the Word of God. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The definition of the word principality is, a state ruled by a prince. What we are fighting against is no small thing.
John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
This is the good news about the Father of Lights. With this sacred book, we can stop the enemies plans. With this sacred book, we can dismantle what the world says about us and find what Jesus says about us. The Word of God shows up to protect us and guide us. The Word of God shows up to deliver revelations and insights. The Word of God shows up to stay the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, just like Jesus. The Word of God shows up to bring us closer to Jesus. The Word of God shows up to refresh, renew and replenish our souls.
So, how does the Word of God show up for you?