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What Is Your Sword?

A Christian’s life is a series of battles.  Sometimes you win, other times you lose and sometimes a draw.  We wage a battle not physically but spiritually, not against flesh and blood but against unseen things (Ephesians 6:12).  Whether it be the war within ourselves or the battle to make our own choices, the word of God is clear how we are going to defend our selves. He  equipped us completely like a soldier or a warrior going to battle (Ephesians 6:13-17).

It is easy to get confuse  when it comes to different bible versions.  We have the King James, New International, New American Standard Bible, etc.  So which one?  I started out on New International Version , then to King James Version when I attended a Baptist church. There was a time where I became a King James Version only guy.  “The other versions are just corrupted”, so I said to myself.  That’s why sometimes you hear the saying, “King James cult”.  I am not hear to demean other versions.  Rather to show you which sword you should pick since the word of God is our sword (Ephesians 6:17).

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Currently I am using the New Living Translation. Again, I am not here to sell and promote a specific version.  Ever since I used this version, everything is more clear to me.  The fruit I am producing is abounding.  This blog and it’s words are one of its fruits.  If you’re a Christian, the day you got save doesn’t end there.  You are  to bear fruits (Matthew 13:23).

1. Don’t pick a version in which they’re missing verses.
2. Be aware of missing words and has been switch to a different verse.
3. Choose something that you are comfortable and understandable.
4. Makes you grow and closer to God. If not, then find something else.
5. Research all the time and always compare to other versions when there is something you don’t understand.  I still  keep my NASB, KJV and NKJV for comparison.

The enemy is out there looking for every way to corrupt God’s word.  So sharpen your swords and treat it like your spouse, the way a rifle is to a Marine, you’re life depends on it.  Now, I don’t know how you treat your spouse (kidding.)

What kind of sword do you have and why?

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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

We all know that not all who preach the gospel do so to serve the Lord. They don’t do it because they care for the lost but to enrich themselves or boost their ego. Such individuals existed during Paul’s time. Nothing is new under the sun.

“It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry…” (Phil. 1:15 NLT)

Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely…”(Phil. 1:17 NLT)

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Living Godly

Whenever I tried to get close to God or strive to follow Him more, for some reason a lot of things would go against my way. Even when I write on this blog it feels something or someone is trying to prevent me by putting  obstacles on my way.  Either God is testing me or the enemy is mad at me. Anyways, I was reading my daily devotion this morning and I ran across this verse on 2 Timothy 3:12(NASB), “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”  Take note what he says that not just living godly, but living godly in whom? In Christ Jesus. And it says will be persecuted not maybe.  So if you’re wondering why, don’t be shock.

 

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The Approval Of Sin

We all know the consequences of sin. I never thought that it would apply the same thing to to those who approve of it, until I read this verse on Romans 1:32(NASB),”and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. I encourage you to read the whole first chapter of the book of Romans to give you a better context.

 

 

 

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We Have It Easy

Almost all of us dreaded to be homeless.  I’ve never meet or hear anyone today that became one for the sake of the gospel.  And yet that was exactly the situation of Paul and the followers of Christ. 1Corinhtians 4:11 says, “To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated and are homeless.” You could read the rest of the verses. It didn’t get better at all.