Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 10:25b-28 (NKJV) If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! Therefore, do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed and hidden that will not be known. "Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
What truth is revealed? Ever since sin arrived in our world, there has been a spiritual tension between the powers of light and darkness. In Jesus’ time, God’s people (Israel) were under Roman occupation, and Greek culture was the prevailing influence of the time. Pagan worship and attitudes were chipping away at the spiritual heritage of the Jews; and the Jewish leaders were religious to a fault. Jesus was born into this time and place of darkness. When it came to the powers of Beelzebub, Jesus told His disciples, “Do not fear them.”
What can we learn from this story? The history of the world has continued since Jesus was here; but, the truth still remains for followers of Jesus: “We have nothing to fear from Beelzebub or his evil minions.” How can we fight the powers of darkness? We preach the truth. We shout it from the rooftops! We openly embrace and propagate the spiritual truths that Jesus revealed to us; and we never back down or compromise the truth.
How can I apply this story to my life? God has called me to walk with courage. According to Jesus, the only One in the universe that we should fear is God. He is the only One able to destroy both soul and body in hell, and yet, as beloved children of God we have not been appointed to wrath. The Apostle Paul said it this way: (Romans 8:31) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
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As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.