This post was originally written last year, but it is a favorite series of mine and I thought, since we do live in a troubled time…it is necessary to see it again…I will continue the series for the next few days..
God is our Commander -in- Chief and has already won the war. Yes, the Bible tells us that we are in a war and that we “wrestle”.
Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
When you picture someone ‘wrestling’ you think of a man pressing hard and straining their muscles to pin him to the ground. And as a believer, that is what we are doing! Satan is using all his energy trying to get us to be critical or to cause discord in our family and to destroy our testimony. But we have to stand firm. We can prepare and not be defeated.
Ephesians 6:13-17 (New International Version)
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.”
The “belt of truth” is the first piece of weaponry that Paul has in our spiritual armor. It seems odd because when we ladies describe what someone is wearing we don’t start with a ‘belt’! We might notice shoes or a shirt or earrings but certainly not a belt. But if you don’t have a belt, then it is much easier for your pants to fall off! Your belt holds all things together! I imagine you wouldn’t have much confidence going somewhere if you are constantly trying to keep your pants pulled up. (I’m picturing the kids ‘sagging’ right now)
The belt or girdle was used by the soldier as the place where he hung (or supported) his weapons. He hung his sword or even his arrows from it. And if he were a decorated soldier, he would pin his awards or medallions from his belt so people that saw him would know what sort of man they were dealing with.
But this is what the Belt did for the Roman soldier. It held all the pieces of the armor together. Even with all his great weaponry…if the belt wasn’t in place, everything would all fall apart. The belt of truth is known as the knowledge of God, which resides in His Word. To put on his belt of truth, you must know His Word.
We need to take advantage of every opportunity to learn about God and His Word so we can be armed against the enemy who is out to destroy us! Satan wants to keep us from walking in integrity so he will try to misinform us and upset us so that we will get bogged down in sin. BUT, the way to deal with the Deceiver is to have God’s truth in our lives! We have to ARM OURSELVES with the Truth! We need to know what we know………
WE CANNOT WIN UNLESS WE ARE ARMED. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PUT ON OUR ARMOR EVERYDAY….IT IS OUR JOB.
Tomorrow we will put on our breastplate………