DEFENDING THE FAITH

KEY SCRIPTURE:1Peter 3:15 KJV “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and FEAR”:

Our key scripture instructs us vividly about being ready to give an answer for the faith or hope we have. He firstly tells us to sanctify the Lord God in our hearts. We must set the Lord above every other thing, situation or person. God must be the one we live for and not ourselves. We must also defend the reason for which we believe in Him. In a world where accessibility to knowledge is so easy, people are exposed to all kinds of strange ideas making them to question the authenticity of the Bible and even the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must have the requisite knowledge to explain the authenticity of the Bible, and the reason for our believe to him intelligently.

 Many of us Christians are found wanting when it comes to defending our faith intelligently. We all might have experienced the new birth, and might have had some supernatural encounters with the Spirit.  How do we answer the man who comes along with intellectual questions? You may do so by proving God’s power to that individual, and that would settle every argument.

 Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministries gave an instant he had when he visited Sierra Leone. He was to see the president of that country but had to see the secretary first. This man was a Muslim who started questioning him after knowing that he was a Christian, whose name appeared like a Muslim’s name. Apostle Suleman said he kept quiet and allowed this man to say all his arguments. He just held the man’s hands and called ‘ back pains’. Instantly the man was hit with pains in the back, he sat on the floor and began to fear and give a better audience to the man of God.

In this instant he proved the power of God to silence every argument. There are other instances that you may have to speak to the heart through the mind. You should be ready to rightly defend your faith. In the days of Paul, he proved from the scriptures to the Jews that, Jesus is the Christ. Act 18:28 KJV” For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ”. We must also be able to defend our faith intelligibly.

CONFESSION

I have been saved by the blood of Jesus, and have experienced His power in my life. I am ever ready to scripturally give a defense for the reason for my faith in Him.

FURTHER STUDIES

Acts 9:22 KJV “But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ”.

Acts 9:29 KJV” And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him”.

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