Truth affects our belief systems. What we believe of God is a base on what we know and what we hold to be true of God, or the version of truth that we hold about God.
What we hold true affects our Belief Systems and also governs a lot of who and what we are. It is important that we have full comprehension of where it comes from and what we hold true. Prov 23:23 suggests we buy the truth and sell it not.
In the days of the Apostles the challenge was not about believing if Jesus was who he says he was, as he was with them. The challenge was more physical torment and captivity. However, Jesus was sure to ensure his followers were very clear as to who he is when he asked them “who do YOU say that I am” Math 16; 13-20. I always find that scripture interesting as Jesus starts of with asking Peter about what he knows of the opinion of others. While this is good to know, Jesus changed the point of the question to a more important point – who do YOU say that I am? While the opinion of others is great, and being able to regurgitate the thoughts and opinions of others if finr.. when all that is done with… where do you YOU stand regarding who God is?
The enemy is looking to challenge what we know to be true about God. Knowing that he can not change who God is, he has no power to do that, but what he will do is question our understanding in aims of loosening our belt of truth with hopes that things will start to slip and drop out of place.
If the truth is compromised it has the direct reflection on the belief systems and perceptions. This was evident from the very book of Genesis. Gen 3: 1-4 the devil entered into dialogue with Eve. Now while he did not call God an outright liar, neither did he hold eve at ransom until she took the fruit, he simply suggested an alternative to what it was that God had said. He simply planted a seed. This is how quickly our belt can be loosened. And just like the natural belt when its no longer functional, parts of the garment started to drop and all of a sudden they have disobeyed God and are now hiding because they felt naked.
Their nakedness was never a problem before because they were in the presence of God, they were covered, being engulfed in the righteousness of God. Their belt was tight all this time as there was no question in who God was or what God had said, and this was evident in their belief system, and as a result governed their actions. However, as soon as that belt was made defective, the covering was dropped, and they felt naked.
2 Cor 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Jesus provides us with an example of how to handle these situations. After 40 days of fasting, the devil looks to have a conversation with Jesus. He makes several offers to him, but each time Jesus responds with the undiluted, unquestionable word of God. This is indeed the Sword of the Spirit, sharper than any two edged sword. When these things come to challenge what the knowledge of God that we hold true, we use the word of God. Our own words wont cut it. Our own opinions wont cut it. Use the word of God.
We need to be real careful of the things that run through our mind. Rom 7:25 lets us know “So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God”. The mind is very much a battle ground. The enemy is looking to plant seeds that will simply challenge our knowledge of God. From the beginning the enemy was looking to exalt himself above God, but since that plan failed he is now looking to challenge what we know about God. He cant defy God, but he will look to loosen our belts any way he can.
My beloveds – guard your minds. Remember is a battle ground.