In the past few of months on several different occasions a reoccurring theory has been presented to me against all that I know to be true. I have been challenged by individuals and their logic pulling at me to buy into what they deem to be true and correct doctrine. First a neighbor, then a relative, an old friend, with whom I was reacquainted, and most recently a co-worker. Their motive? To steer me away from my faith. Their approach wasn’t forceful at all. It was more like “Wow…, look what I found. This. Is. It. The real deal.” They, (all 4 of them) at one time believed what I do. But somehow they allowed themselves to be convinced otherwise and ran with it. In case you are wondering, what it is that I do believe, here it is: John 3:16. I am a firm believer in the word of God (The Bible) and everything that comes from it.
I thought about why this very same concept was constantly coming at me over and over and over again. Even more so by people who are close to me. What I realized is that there is a battle for my soul and the enemy will not let up.
Everyday there is something tugging at us to plant, build, strengthen, and enforce unbelief in what we already know and are sure of. Doubt and unbelief is one of the main devices that is used to get us to turn our attention away from God and what He said. It could be as big as a huge let down on something you were believing for, as subtle as a relative trying to show you the “right” way, or even doubting if God really did mean what you know he said to you (Genesis 3:1-4). If but a seed of doubt is planted in our minds it can throw us waaay off…IF we let it. Thankfully, the word of God has prepared us for it all.
1 Timothy 4:1 says “In the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings…” Still, we are encouraged: “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:14-15).
So you see, these verses already warn us of imposters and to hold on to what we know; the Word of God. But it doesn’t end there. You also have be sure of where you stand, and why: “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you” (1Peter 3:15).
If ever someone tries to get in your ear about a foreign belief, recognize it is a distraction trying to throw you off course. I’ll end by asking you to pray for those individuals I mentioned earlier, and please, pray for me.
Written by: Shenelle Wallace