The Importance of Faith (Part 8): Protection

The Importance of Faith (Part 8): Protection

In additional to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16).

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The Importance of Faith (Part 7): Stability

The Importance of Faith (Part 7): Stability

Having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed” (Colossians 2:7).

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“The Lord Stood With Me”

Paul the Apostle

Near the end of his second letter to Timothy, Paul spoke of his experience in making a defense of the truth. He warned Timothy – and us as well – what to be prepared for and reminded him of the importance of keeping his trust in the Lord.

At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen” (2 Timothy 4:16-18).

Let us notice briefly some lessons we can learn from Paul in this passage.
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Choosing Sides

Arrow sign

Exodus 32 records the sin of the Israelites in making and worshiping a golden calf. When Moses came down from the mountain, he first confronted Aaron for allowing the people to commit this iniquity (Exodus 32:21). Then he turned his attention to the people.

It is important to note that Moses did not immediately condemn the people. This is consistent with the character of God who gives men the chance to repent and come to Him (cf. Ezekiel 18:32; 2 Peter 3:9). So Moses extended this invitation: “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me” (Exodus 32:26).
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