THE CREED ACTS 4V18-31
In the early days of the Church there was a confession of faith called the “Apostle’s Creed”. With the statements, “I believe in God the Father Almighty”; “I believe in Jesus Christ”; and “I believe in the Holy Spirit”, a candidate for baptism would testify to what he believes. These 3 assertions correspond to the 3 questions addressed to him. The Apostle’s Creed was passed down from one generation to its successor. It was seen as a way of showing one’s faith to the watching world. It was a statement of allegiance to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Somewhere in the present, beyond the threshold of this terrestrial plain a war rages. In a place far away from the reach of man’s faculties, the battle between the kingdoms of good and evil goes on. This battle transcends the history of time. From time immemorial, each side of this war fights vehemently for the souls of men.
The same is true these days. Every day the kingdoms of God and Satan wage a war over your soul. The winner of the battle depends largely on the choices you make. The war rages when you have the choice to either bend the office rule for a bribe or take a stand for the truth. The fight goes on when you are faced with the option of giving in to a culture that says “Premarital sex is permissible between consenting adults” or standing out as a virgin. When the cultures of God’s Word and this world clamour for our devotion, there is no ground for being neutral. You have to take a stand for the Word or the world.
Every time you testify to what you believe by choosing the principles of Jesus over the ways of Satan, you serve as a witness of the gospel. Someone might just place her trust on Christ’s saving Grace because of your resolve to cling to your conviction. Every act of compromising your beliefs causes your spirit to be starved of the nature of God. Every step away from darkness is another step into the light of Godliness. Decisively taking a stand for the truth is one of the greatest acts of worship to the Lord. When you are not ashamed to wear your faith for the world to see, even if it attracts ridicule from men, your heavenly Father is proud of you.
I admit fighting against what is wrong by being a proponent of what is right is easier said than done. But God never expected us to shine in a dark world by leaning on our moral muscles. His Grace is always sufficient for the continual conflict with evil.
Those who join heaven in the battle against evil are not ashamed of their beliefs. This is because they love their heavenly Father with a passion that draws strength from His Grace.