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DEFENDING YOUR FAITH

HOW TO DEFEND YOUR FAITH

Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Defending your Faith Bible study on how to defend your Faith. We will be looking into that as well as all aspects of the Christian Walk. This SON-derful study will reveal truth which will bring forth understanding and peace.



DEFENDING YOUR FAITH
HOW TO DEFEND YOUR FAITH

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HOW TO DEFEND YOUR FAITH INSTRUCTIONS

Sooner or later, itís inevitable, every Christian will find themselves (you too have or will as well) in a situation where they/you are forced into defending your Faith. Friends, family, co-workers, even strangers may attack the beliefs that make up who you are ... A Christian. This isnít a new trick of the devilís tho ... He has been using this one since the beginning of man. But, we have a hero, named Jesus Christ, and a manual called the Holy Bible, which can guide us in TRUTH, whenever our convictions are questioned which shows you how to defend your faith.

The trials and tribulations that we face in our Christian walk of Faith are all tests of the devotion we have to our Savior. Itís our Faith that gets us through, and dedication to our Faith is what insures us of the eternal life we hope for.

The most important thing to remember is that thereís only One that you have to answer to, and that is GOD! Thatís the bottom line. But itís those lines in the middle that become a problem sometimes.

Nobody can tell you what words to say, to make people accept your choice to follow the Lord, because everyone is different, both believers and unbelievers. Some may be converted by your devotion and fidelity, and others may disassociate themselves completely from you. Youíll find however, that the deeper your commitment is to Jesus Christ, the more peace of mind youíll have with the outcome of your confrontations with those people who disagree with you.

Donít be surprised when even your family contends with you about your Faith.

WHY IS DEFENDING YOUR FAITH IMPORTANT AND HOW DO YOU DEFEND YOUR FAITH IN A RIGHTEOUS MANNER?


JESUS ... Predicted that this would happen.

Matthew 10:36
And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

Luke 21:16
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

He said that a personís enemies would be within their own family. Some will even think that theyíre doing a God service by challenging you ...

John 16:2
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

Jesus explains that He didnít come to bring peace on earth, but rather, division. The father against the son, and the mother against the daughter.

Luke 12:53
The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Why?

To prove who is devoted to Him.

Jesus said that when things happen to us because of our belief in Him, weíre blessed, and weíll be rewarded in Heaven.

Matthew 5:11-12
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Jesus said that if we love our father or mother more than Him, weíre not worthy of Him.

Matthew 10:37
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Luke words this a little differently, saying that if we donít hate our mother, father, wife, children, brothers and sisters and our own life also, we canít be His disciples.

Luke 14:26
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Whoa! Hate is a pretty strong word, you may be thinking, and just the opposite of what Jesus taught when He said, (Matthew 19:19) Honor your father and mother, and LOVE your neighbor as yourself. What Jesus was doing when He said those things, was making a point, that He doesnít want a bunch of followers who are half heartedly loyal, He wants total devotion. That doesnít mean that everyone who follows Christ should abandon their family and friends or quit their job (although in some instances, it may be necessary), but rather, donít ever let them become your priority over Him. And that hate part . . . thatís referring to the worldly things about them, not their righteous qualities.

Another thing Jesus said, is that there is nobody that has left house or family or homes for His sake and the Gospelís, that wont receive a hundred times as much in the world to come

Mark 10:29
Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the Gospel's.

Remember that Jesus said that those who do the will of His Father ARE HIS mother and brother and sister,

Matthew 12:50
For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in Heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

It sounds to me like you have a new family, or should I say - Another family!

Stand by your beliefs. As you can see, the world doesnít have a very good track record. (The news proves that every day.) The world (that includes your family) is being slow-poisoned, by evil and wickedness. You donít have to swallow what everyone else does. Thatís why Jesus is calling you, because you havenít blindly followed the rest of the sheep to the slaughter. Keep your feet firmly planted in Faith, and remember TRUTH,

James 4:4
Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Again, this doesnít mean to hate the world that God created, and to harbor hatred in your heart for everything and everyone. God doesnít want that at all. God LOVES the world

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

LOVE all, and LOVE the life that God gave you, but discern the evil and hate the evil. Stay as far away from it as you can, because you become as what you surround yourself with, so surround yourself with things that remind you of God and your walk with Him. Your eyes are the portal to the soul, so wouldn't it be a good idea to influence your soul with holy things? We are greatly influenced by what our eyes are exposed to. How true and Biblically sound is this? Jacob influenced his father-in-law Laban's flocks to bear striped, speckled, and spotted offspring by facing the animals toward tree branches that he peeled in striped, speckled and spotted patterns (Genesis 30:37-39). If you want to be conformed to the image of God, surround yourself with Godly things.

Determine in your heart, be certain, have no shadow of a doubt . . . following Christ is the right way to go, not following the world. I know itís a tough thing when your own family doesnít understand your Faith, because hey, theyíre your family and you have a natural emotional connection to them called LOVE, but for a moment think of it this way: What if they were someone elseís family? Would you feel so torn apart because you believe in righteousness, and they follow after the world on their leashes?

If a stranger disagreed with your beliefs, it would mean little to you, and you wouldnít have any problem defending your Faith to them. But family is a different story. If you defend your Faith to your family, itís because youíre more dedicated to your cause, than to your family. Most people donít want to jeopardize the LOVE of their family for anything, and Jesus knew this. Now you can see clearer, why He said that He came to bring division, and He will separate the sheep from the goats

Matthew 25:31-34
When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy Angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the Throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Ask yourself what the TRUTH is. Whatís most important to you? Your family and the world, or your Faith in Christ? That doesnít mean you have to sever your communication with your family, but you do have to change your attitude. Jesus said to pray for those who are against you, because if you only bless those who LOVE you, everything is even. Youíve done nothing extraordinary.

Matthew 5:43-46
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in Heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same.

Youíre not alone. Every Christian faces this dilemma, whether it be with their family or others. You have God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and all your Christian brothers and sisters who support you in choosing Christ. Instead of feeling like you have to end your relationship with your family, perhaps one day, maybe one, some, or all of them may be reborn, too, because of you! You must stand firm, and whenever they oppose your Christian beliefs, take that as an opportunity to enlighten them. Defend the Faith! And donít forget how the Apostles rejoiced because they were beaten and suffered shame in the name of Jesus.

Acts 5:40-41
And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.

Now, speaking of this new attitude in defending your Faith, it wonít be easy at first, but as Christians, weíve all gotten a taste of how unkind people can be in trying to embarrass us about your Faith, or prove it wrong. Most people think that Christians are too ďextreme.Ē Tell me, if you were Jesus, would you want anyone to be your follower who wasnít? There is no such thing as being too devoted to God. Not only can you adapt a new attitude, but you can enhance your Faith in a number of ways. As your Faith grows, defending it becomes easier. A person can read the Bible word for word from cover to cover, and not understand most of it. If you donít understand what youíre defending, it will be more difficult. There are some things that you can do that will help.

Thereís a term that people use when they feel like people donít understand their Christian beliefs . . . the lonely road of Faith. Friends, you donít have time to feel alone, or lonely, because this website alone, has more than 5,000 pages about Christianity. If youíre unimpressed by the world now, wait until you learn more about Godís world! Letís just say you studied one page a day, it would take you over 13 years to read them all. The more you learn, the easier it will become for you to walk the walk of Faith and fight the good fight, and your feeling of being alone on your journey will be replaced with eagerness to do Godís will in whatever way He has planned for you to glorify Him.

What about Christian camaraderie? You can always go to the chat-rooms here and share your thoughts with others who are going through the same perseverance that you are. Itís always comforting to know youíre not the only one who has ever gone through this.

Donít be fooled by people who want you to prove things about your Faith to them. Faith is belief in something that has NO proof! If something can be proven, it takes no Faith to believe in it.

What about LOVE?

Most people believe in LOVE ... Do they not know that God is LOVE

1 John 4:8
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

How then, can a person believe in LOVE, and not in God? Thatís a great question to ask the Faithless.


DEFENDING YOUR FAITH RESPONSES

Can you expect everything to go perfectly? Heavenís no. Nothingís perfect, except Jesus. You will fall. EVERYBODY does. The difference is whether you choose to wallow in pools of self pity when you fall, or you get back up on your feet and persist. Pick up where you left off. Make a mental note of what caused your stumbling and try, try again.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and strengthen you. If youíre a Christian soldier, He supplies your ammunition and your armor. He is your offense and your defense. Trust in Him. He will provide you with TRUTH.

Jesus said not to worry about what to say, because it will be given to you in that same hour, what you should say. Because it isnít you that speaks, but the Spirit of your Father, which speaks in you.

Matthew 10:19-20
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

The emotions youíre feeling if your family disagrees with you are very common, youíll find. And theyíre also a part of the trials and tribulations that you read about in the Bible. Overcome those emotions with TRUTH, like the scripture passages that youíve been reading in this study. If you ever find yourself skating through your life as a Christian and things are going just perfectly in every way, thatís when you should be alarmed. Satan doesnít just give up on Christians who pass certain requirements. No, the closer they get to God, the more the devil turns up the heat (through temptations and trials). Thatís why you hear those ďcrazyĒ Christians in the Bible (the Apostles) talk about rejoicing in tribulation.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who LOVE Him.

It looks like you have some celebrating to do, because youíre on the right path! Smile because these things that youíre facing prove it! STAND FIRM

Philippians 1:27-28
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

Because ... Many are called, but few are chosen.

Matthew 20:16
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Because few CHOOSE HIM over the world.



REMEMBER ... DEFENDING YOUR FAITH IS PART OF THE CHRISTIAN WALK.

HOW TO DEFEND YOUR FAITH ... THAT WILL DEPEND ON THE SITUATION.

LET THE HOLY SPIRIT BE YOUR GUIDE.

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