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WORD OF GOD NEEDED IN ESWATINI, NOT FABLES

Sir,

Is this not the time which Apostle Paul warned us about? A time when people will among other things ‘turn their ears away from the truth’? Is this really not the time, reader? A time when people will not endure the soundness of truth; a time in which truth will be seen as a hindrance to success? Is this, in fact not the time?

“Preach the word for there will come a time when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves, having itching ears: And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables,” says 2 Timothy 4:2-4. These are words of an aged Apostle Paul written in a cold and lonely Roman prison at a time when his death for the gospel of Jesus Christ was imminent. Mankind never takes lightly the last words of a dying man.

Paul had initially instructed Timothy, his own son in the faith, that ‘all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works’ (2 Timothy 3:16). Paul was now instructing Timothy to preach the Word regardless of the circumstances surrounding him.

Lessons

This country needs the Word of God. Not fables or moral lessons, however good they may be. This country needs Jesus Christ. He is the Word of God. When John had a revelation at Patmos, heaven opened and he saw Jesus sitting on a white horse. He was clothed with vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called the Word of God (Rev.19:13).

God gets things to happen through Jesus Christ, who is His Word. God created the world through Jesus and provided salvation in His name. Jesus Christ Himself needed the written Word of God in times of trials and temptations. When the devil invited Christ to worship him, Jesus said: “Get thee behind me Satan; for it is written thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve,” says Luke 4:8.  And each time the devil tempted Jesus, He responded with the written Word of God.

In times of trial we need to counter-attack with the Word of our Father. We need to simply stand “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” says Ephesians 6:17. Is this not awesome? The Spirit of God uses the Word of God in us as a sword to fight our battles. With no Word of God there is no sword. The sword of the Spirit and the helmet of salvation go together. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him,” says Isaiah 59:19.