The whole truth, and nothing but the truth

by Anne Sikes

There are some Christian teachings that focus pretty much on a hell and damnation aspect of Christianity.  There are others that seem to delete that from their message, and focus on a loving, kind God, and never talks about hell.  I admit, I prefer the latter, too.  And in my life, because I know God to be loving and just and kind, I talk a lot about that to people.

But in my life, I also have seen Satan’s attacks in many ways, trying to keep me powerless in the kingdom of God in various ways…illness…financial hardship…marital and family troubles…discouragement…in the past, trying even to put doubts in my mind about God’s power and presence.  That, not so much anymore, because it doesn’t work with me.  And I’m getting stronger in the other areas too so that even now, being sick and stuck here so much…I have this blog and I am going to talk about Christ in it and all that he’s done in my life.

So, even here there has been an attack, ridiculing my beliefs and calling them unfounded.  It hasn’t worked either.  I’m still here, proclaiming Christ.

I don’t like talking about hell, and I don’t like focusing on ‘mean ol’ Mr. Devil’, as Ted used to call him sometimes.  I’d just as soon kick his butt out of the picture altogether.  Truthfully though, the whole picture includes all of it.  You can’t talk about either one, and exclude the other, if you’re going to give a complete picture of Christianity.  God is good.  The devil is bad.  We have the choice who we will believe, and thereby be serving, and ultimately whether we will be choosing heaven or hell when this life is over. 

I know which one I choose, and you?

Into the Light
by Anne Sikes

Ephesians 6:10-24

New International Version (NIV)

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Final Greetings

21 Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. 22 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.

23 Peace to the brothers and sisters,[a] and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.[b]

About Anne Sikes

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." (2 Cor. 4:7) Sharing the journey through daily thoughts and struggles, examination of Scripture, poetry, music and art.
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14 Responses to The whole truth, and nothing but the truth

  1. arkenaten says:

    Are yes…the classic Christian Cherry Picking begins.

    “Er…I like the idea of heaven..y’know, all them nice women and stuff, a few cocktails and go easy on the heavy lifting jobs, right? But no hell for me, thanks all the same.”
    Evening, Annie, babe, how y’doing? 😉
    Come play on my other blog…you’ll love it! Don’t be a Mrs. Meanie 🙂

    • Anne Sikes says:

      I’m blessed, thank you. As for your offer, I have to say no, thank you. I love laughter and fun, but where my Christian faith is concerned, I don’t play. I was thinking though…I know just why, (I believe) Satan attacked you as hard as he did, or based on what you said in one of your blogs about having believed and even written a book about it, before realizing it was all untrue. You could be a powerful witness for Christ. The devil stopped that in its tracks. You can still turn around though, and I’m praying that you will. There’s something there with you…in spite of your ridicule and the things you say…something that makes me ‘like’ that man underneath it all. I don’t know why that is. Maybe it’s just that I’m ‘loony tunes’. But I don’t like the one who has you hoodwinked and rendered useless for the One who I believe wants you on His side still. Thus, the prayers will continue.

      • arkenaten says:

        Well, thank you. But you have missunderstood. I believed BEFORE I wrote the book. Once I realised I had been lied to and conned (like the rest of the world) THEN I wrote the book. When it was finished (and I confess, in hindsight it is rather amateurish)
        it was then that I became reborn.
        There really is no reason not to like me on religious grounds. This is a prejudice so characteristic of ‘those of the faith’.
        BTW. The term ‘come play’ was somewhat facetious. My religious blog is arrow-straight serious; and I endevour not to interject any personal opinion; just present the case/s and let the evidence be judged for what it is.

        If nothing else you may find it interesting. And .believe it or not, I would value a believer’s opinion of the topic/s (providing I am not lambasted with polemic).
        But even so, there will be absolutely no censoring of comments.

        • Anne Sikes says:

          Okay, I will go look. My daughter had to get on the computer for a bit, and I have to go through some things here and then will go, and I apologize for misunderstanding about exactly what happened with you. Just so long as you understand that I’m coming from a place, not of trying in any way, shape or form, to mock you or anything…but it’s a place of genuinely caring. I trust that my genuine concern is not something that would offend you, however unnecessary you feel it is. And if my prayers should be falling on deaf ears as you say, it won’t harm a thing in the end. But as I’ve said, I know in my heart that they aren’t. But I am nothing, if I’m not an honest person. If I say my care and concern for you is from a genuine place, I assure you that you can believe that. It’s not for show, or just some ‘Christian facade’ or something.

          • arkenaten says:

            A person can’t be too rich or too good looking…or have too many ‘fans’ on his side.;)

            As you Americans like to say…”You go girl”

  2. Steven says:

    Satan baits people because he likes to lead people around by the nose, waste your time and get you off track from the real message of truth to those G-d is calling out of darkness, because he has rejected truth, he is the Father of lies and liars. Resist the devil and he will flee from you! Arguing with the enemy is pointless.

    I know you are not naive about this, just wanting to show support! Shalom 🙂

    • arkenaten says:

      @ Steven
      And maybe if you had the intellectual capacity to find out where the notion of the devil actually came from you wouldn’t need to make snide, smug remarks such as this; which certainly is not in keeping with a ‘christian’ philosophy of love thy neighbour and tolerance. Or…maybe it is, as I forgot, hypocrisy is one of the major tenets of many christians.

      • Steven says:

        Oh child of Satan, I know you very well! My comment is not snide or smug, I really do believe you are of your father the devil and Jesus has no “philosophy” of tolerance. “Get thee behind me Satan”.

        Lies are one of the major tenants of atheists!

        • arkenaten says:

          I think my dad would be very upset that you cast aspersions on his character, as he has spent his life in the service of others, and if you weren’t so ridiculous it might be fun to sue you for crimen injura.
          You do not me at all. and you are a silly person if you think so.

          Yes, I am an outright atheist. If it isn’t past your bedtime already, please furnish me with details of a single lie I have uttered?

          Do you like the band AC/DC by the way? I’m listening to Highway to Hell at the moment.
          What a great song!

    • Anne Sikes says:

      Thank you Steven. I know where your concerns are coming from, honestly, and I appreciate them. But I have to go with my heart. Shalom! 🙂

  3. faithfulnibbles says:


    As I read thorough this blog and these comments, I continuously thought of Proverbs 4:23. After several minutes of reflection, I feel that I need to speak — I do understand the need to “go with my heart”. And I will trust that you are prayed up before you follow your heart — and that you will proceed with caution, praying God’s protection over your heart. As I read the various translations on BibleGateway, I felt this translation best speaks to my thoughts — specifically the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th verses.

    Love you my spiritual sister and am praying over you, your health, etc.

    Proverbs 4:23-27 — The Message

    Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
    that’s where life starts.
    Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth;
    avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
    Keep your eyes straight ahead;
    ignore all sideshow distractions.
    Watch your step,
    and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
    Look neither right nor left;
    leave evil in the dust.

    • Anne Sikes says:

      Thank you Marilyn. I appreciate your concerns and your speaking up out of them. I assure you I’m firmly rooted and grounded in my faith, and “he that is in me is greater than he that is in the world,” so while some seem to be very concerned for me in this, I’m not concerned. 🙂 Thank you again, but nothing could persuade me against what I know to be true…believe me I’ve withstood plenty of attempts at that in various ways.

      • arkenaten says:

        Good grief, the way these folk go on one would think they REALLY believe I am Satan incarnate. Sheesh, are these folk so insecure, Anne?

        • Anne Sikes says:

          It’s not insecurity, Ark…it’s genuine concern as people who believe, as I do, that there is an enemy that we have. There are people I wouldn’t mess with myself…and who I might warn others about. You’re just not one of them. I’m still here because I believe that the God you think is a fantasy, wants me to be still here. 🙂 I’m not afraid of you. But I do understand why they think perhaps I should be. I mean, you say things about the devil and insulting things about God, so it is very understandable, no?

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