Monday, October 19, 2009

The Truth About Your Waist

The Truth About Your Waist
July 20, 2009
Ephesians 16:4 "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist..."

In keeping with instruction on putting on the full Armor of God, it is necessary to understand each piece, or element, of armor. While the Bible talks figuratively about putting on armor, it speaks clearly that each piece is vital and necessary, with none being less important than another. In elaborating on this piece of armor, the discussion will not be the honesty of how big your waist is, but rather what is wrapped around it, namely, Truth. It is critical to have the Truth about you, an important piece of armor when combating the enemy.

In armor, a belt was important as it strapped a sword to the warriors' side, keeping it handy for use. The belt also offered a good deal of protection as well. In today's terms, a belt would not be considered something that offered protection, as modern belts are narrow and only hold up a pair of pants. But when the Bible mentioned the Belt of Truth that a warrior should wear, it was talking about an element of physical armor. The belt worn as armor during the writing of this specific scripture was a type of leather skirt; it had thick leather lats or leather strips that hung down from around the waist, offering the ability to move quickly and easily, but providing a barrier against a weapon. It was a simple way of protecting, well, the sensitive parts of a man, as well as hindering daggers or swords from cutting the major artery that runs through those nether regions of a human being.

Remember, the enemies, this armor was intended to keep at bay, are Satan and his demons. They attack a person, not in the physical, but in the spiritual realm. Satan's major attack method is through lies and deceit. He will do all he can to fill your head with lies and deceit, convincing you of everything but the Truth. In the Bible, the Truth is often synonymous with the Word of God or even the message of The Gospel. Satan wants to convolute your image of the Truth in order to keep you from having a right relationship with God, from serving Him with all your potential, and ultimately from entering Heaven. It is important, then, that you gird yourself with the Truth surrounding you in order to protect the vulnerable areas of your life from the deceitful attack of the enemy as well as be able to quickly arm yourself with your sword. The only way to protect against the attack of a lie, is with the Truth.

I will make this incredibly easy for you. If you have a clear understanding of the Truth, Satan cannot deceive you. For simplicity sake, devour the following elements of Truth, so that you may be on guard from the deceitful attacks of Satan. All of these Truths are absolutes in the Bible. Believe and say these words aloud, daily, and you'll have them handy when deceit enters in. You will certainly be able to withstand the attack of Satan with these simple Truths.

I am loved by God and my sins are forgiven. Jesus has set me free and delivered me into a life of fullness and grace. God has a purpose for my life, and all things in my life will work out for God's good. Satan is defeated and he cannot keep me from God's presence. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world and no weapon formed up against me will prevail, as I can do anything through Christ who gives me strength. AND, I will refute any lie that accuses me otherwise.

1. What lies has Satan convinced you are true?
2. How can you combat the enemy with the truth?
3. How can you keep this important piece of armor around you?

Add. Scriptures for Study: Is 54:17, Rom 8:28, 2 Cor 10:4, Phil 4:13, 1 John 4:4

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