Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the women. “Did God really say. ‘You must not eat from the tree in the garden’?” – Genesis 3:1
“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” – Ephesians 6:1
“For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
This Sunday we finish our 4 week series in the Book of Ruth. I hope you have enjoyed going chapter by chapter though this Book, and I hope you have a better understanding of what God is teaching us in Ruth. The church has expressed a desire for more preaching series similar to this series in Ruth and I am excited to say, starting in September there is going to be a 12 week series preaching through the Book of James! The teaching team at Faith is passionate about our church being a church where the Truth of Scripture is preached on a weekly basis. We want everyone to be growing in knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
In Genesis 3, Satan uses the phrase, “Did God really say…?” Satan was challenging Adam and Eve’s understanding of what God had told them. Satan wanted to cause doubt in their minds, and of course we all know it worked. Eve took of the fruit and gave some to Adam as well. Sin entered the world because Adam and Eve did not follow the teachings of God.
The verses from Ephesians and Hebrews use language indicating a battle, or even of war. In times of war soldiers train and prepare themselves for whatever attacks the enemy might bring to them. We need to prepare in a similar way for the attacks that will come at us; we need to be in God’s Word daily and seeking His truth and His teachings for our lives. The more we know and love God’s Word the stronger we will be when those attacks come. When Satan come to us and says, “Did God really say…?” we can then stand firm and not fall when our faith is challenged.
Further Reading: Psalm 1 and 119