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It Is Written – A Life Built on God’s Word

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It Is Written – A Life Built on God’s Word

Imagine a soldier’s battlefield uniform as you read about the spiritual armor we have been given as believers in Ephesians 6.

So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God’s approval as your breastplate. Put on your shoes so that you are ready to spread the Good News that gives peace. In addition to all these, take the Christian faith as your shield. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Also take salvation as your helmet and God’s word as the sword that the Spirit supplies.[1]

Christians who don’t build their life on the Word of God are like soldiers who go into battle without a gun! They can have the best body armor in the world, but if they don’t have a gun they can only hide from the enemy, they can never defeat him.

Our theme for the next series of blogs comes from the story of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness found in Luke 4 and Matthew 4.

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days, he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”[2]

A Christian will only remain a Christian by staying connected to the Word of God. It’s really that simple.

I read an article published at the end of 2017 about Tony Campolo’s son Bart: “The Evangelical Who Stopped Believing.” Bart is now a rising star of atheism. There came a point in Bart’s life when the Word of God became unimportant to him. Doubt began to grow and his faith in God began to die.

Jesus said, “if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples.”[3]

The Bible infuses us with strength and empowers us to fight the good fight of faith. Without it, we lose. We must stay connected to the Word of God.

To listen to this entire message via podcast, click here.

[1] Ephesians 6:14-17 GW

[2] Luke 4:1-4 NIV

[3] John 15:7-8 NLT

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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