“Gird Your Waist with Truth” 4/06/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”  @  www.Godsmanforever.com

       (revised from 1/21/2011)

    “Gird Your Waist with Truth – Part 4”  (Day 5)

 

 (For the first  4 days writing…type 4/02-05/2017, as separate dates into the search window of   www.Godsmanforever.com)

 

Ephesians 6:14a… Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,  (NKJV)

In the opening scripture, we find the first piece of the “Whole Armor of God” that the Apostle Paul describes in …Ephesians 6:10-20…   (See 1. Below for this scripture)…  I find it interesting, that the most important piece, “Faith”, is not mentioned until later in the scripture…

 

You can find an interesting perspective on why having girded your waist with truth,”, is the first of the 6 pieces of God’s protective spiritual armor, in a link by www.Gotquestions.org , in 2. below…

 

The apostle Paul is writing to Christians, as he writes about already putting on this armor…having girded your waist with truth,” (having fastened on the belt of truth”, in the ESV)…  Most Bible scholars agree the apostle Paul was imprisoned in Rome, looking at a Roman soldier guard and his uniform, when he was writing this letter to the Ephesians…

Girding your waist in Paul’s time, was typically pulling your tunic through your legs and tying the loose sides together around your waist…  This would allow easier walking or running without tripping over your knee length tunic…  From a Christian spiritual perspective, it would give someone better spiritual mobility to battle against Satan…  Indeed, the Roman soldiers wore a belt around their waists, with protective leather and metal reinforced strips hanging down in front…

The idea of surrounding your entire body, as a belt would; with the truth from God’s Word…seems like a reasonable explanation for Paul’s analogy…  This truth from God’s Word surrounding you…will protect you…control your mind…fill your heart…and envelop you with the wisdom God gives His children after they are saved, and part of His family as a redeemed child of God…

 

This truth would include the gospel of Christ, which must be understood and obeyed to become a redeemed child of God…[See 3. Below for a presentation of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ]…  This truth would include the empowering of the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation…the First Fruits of the Spirit…and all the other truth about the love of God in our hearts, and the joy a believer should have, even though trials…  It’s so important to let this truth permeate your heart, mind, and soul…

 

I am reminded of what the apostle Paul pens, in…

 

Colossians 3:16-17…  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (NKJV)

One more point about this “belt of truth”…  The Roman soldiers typically hung the sheath for their sword on their belt, or they shoved their sword under their belt to hold it…  If we weren’t wearing this “belt of truth”, we would have no place to support the “Sword of the Spirit”, which is the Word of God I wrote about yesterday…

Heavenly Father, Your spiritual armor Your servant the apostle Paul has written about in the Book of Ephesians, has certainly opened my eyes to Your entire set of spiritual armor we should as Christians be wearing, 24/7…  If we are missing one or more pieces of Your spiritual armor, this chink in our protective armor will let Satan back into our lives again, to try and pull us back into his world of sin and shame…

Ephesians 6:11… Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (NKJV)   Help Your children Father, to understand what each of the 6 pieces of spiritual armor is all about…  And Father…urge us to look into our own lives, to see if there is a chink in our personal set of armor…  I pray for this self-examination by all of Your children, for any missing pieces of Your spiritual protective armor, in Jesus’ most precious name, and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ, bruce

References:

 

  1. Whole armor of God –   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph6%3A10-20++&version=ESV

  1. Why the belt of truth is first – https://www.gotquestions.org/belt-of-truth.html

  1. Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

 

Picture credit:  https://www.google.com/search?q=Picture+Ephesians+6:14+Bible&espv=2&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjxu7PnwI7TAhVJ8WMKHTYxC5MQsAQIJw&biw=1126&bih=686#imgrc=UKn7o4Wr4EvP6M:

 

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I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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