We have seen how our faith works in times of confidence, plenty, and peace. What we have yet to see is how that same faith works in times of uncertainty, lack and threat. In the latter, how we handle and declare God’s word will determine the direction of our lives.
On the last night with His disciples and just before His betrayal, Jesus prayed for them. He knew what would happen in the future as they declared His truth to the world, “I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world” (John 17:14).
The word Jesus gave His disciples would be what ignited the world’s hatred toward them. The word the Lord referred to in verse 14 refers to doctrine – the body of truth Jesus revealed to His disciples.
God’s word is the border that keeps us from crossing over and submitting to the spirit of the age. This border protects our thinking by not…