Jesus says to the believers: “ If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (Jn. 8.31.32).
“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts” (Ps. 85. 8). Quite often many people lead lives burdened with many problems of life. But our loving God has an answer and solution for all the crises we face. He speaks about it in His Word. Jesus pointed out: “Is it not the reason that you are wrong, that you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?” (Mk. 12.24.). Yes, not only that we make mistakes, but also “we are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4.6).
Our Creator God has ‘a plan of welfare about our future’ (Jer. 29.11), but our enemy, the Satan wants to ‘destroy, steal and kill’ us (Jn. 10.10). God is Truth and His Word reveals the Truth about God, about us, about our wellbeing, about our relationship with God, ourselves and others…But the enemy, ‘who is the father of lies’ (Jn. 8.44) distorts this Truth and injects lies and half truths into the mind of human beings, thereby ruining their lives. As the Holy Spirit reveals: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple” (Ps. 119. 130). The word of God is powerful to remove all darkness and to break all bondages from our lives. We should believe firmly in God’s word so that it will transform our lives. When St. Paul preached the word of God to the Thessolonians, “they received it not as a human word but what it really is, God’s word” (1 Thess.2. 13)
So it is high time that we become more and more familiar with the Truth of God’s Word, believe in it, and affirm the Truth against all the tactics of the evil one. The Holy Spirit reminds us through St. Paul: “Take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (Eph. 6.16). Mother Mary is called ‘blessed’ because “she believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord” (Lk. 1.45). She is our model to ‘treasure God’s word and ponder them in our heart’ (Lk. 2.19). May we invoke her powerful intercession, especially through the weapon of Rosary and also pray to the Holy Spirit, the principal author of all Scriptures (CCC 304) to help us to keep God’s word as ‘a lamp to our feet and a light to our path’ (Ps. 119.105) so that we may not stumble in the darkness of sin, anxiety, fear, doubt, guilt, depression, addictions, unbelief…and all that will ‘steal, destroy and kill’ the blessings of the Lord in our lives.
Once Mother Theresa was at the air port .The Emigration staff was enquiring with each traveler whether he/ she was carrying any weapons. Mother Theresa’s turn came. She was asked very politely by the staff: “Mother, do you have any weapons?” In all humility she replied: “Yes, I do have”. The staff said a bit furiously: “Take it out”. Mother took out her Bible and Rosary and said: “These are my weapons”. We have no human enemy but only the powers of darkness (Eph.6.12); and “our weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Cor.10.4). Since we fail to use our weapons in the right way, we become a prey to the attacks of the enemy.
This small booklet is a humble attempt to expose the Light of God’s Word against the darkness of ignorance and disbelief about God’s Truth, which is the cause of today’s problems. Use God’s Word as a powerful weapon against the onslaughts of Satan. How blessed our lives will be, if we read, believe and live by God’s Word rather than human words and human standards. “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making the simple wise; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes” (Ps. 19.7,8).
It is not our ‘intellecual faith or belief, but belief ‘from our heart’, with conviction. God’s word says that we need to ‘believe with our heart and confess with our mouth’ in order to be saved (Rom. 10.10). Just by memorizing the Word or saying with our lips is not sufficient. We need to believe with our heart, affirm the truth and confess and proclaim with our mouth. Only then God’s Word will have its full effect in us.
(to be continued–‘I firmly confess and believe’–)