By Greg Daley
Eph 6:14 - Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,
In describing the armor of God, the apostle Paul uses the analogy of a Roman soldier. Paul, being a Roman citizen, was well aware of their uniform and uses this to describe the Christian’s spiritual armor. It is interesting that he starts with his belt. If you or I were to describe a man’s clothing, would we begin with his belt? No, we would notice his shirt or blazer and then maybe the trousers and shoes. If you think about it, your belt seems to be an insignificant thing until you take it off! Your pants might fall down and your shirt comes out and you look undressed! It is easy for what you are wearing to fall apart when you don’t have your belt on.
So, why did the Holy Spirit lead Paul to describe the belt first? It was because the loin belt kept the rest of the armor in place. He might be wearing all his great weaponry, but if his loin belt was not in place, everything would fall apart. So the loin belt was the most vital part of all the weaponry the Roman soldier wore.
For example, the Roman soldier’s shield was attached to the loin belt. If he had no loin belt, he had no resting place for that massive shield. If he had no loin belt he had no place to hang his sword, nowhere for his lance to rest upon. If he had no loin belt there was nothing to keep his breastplate from flapping in the wind. The soldier’s armor would have literally fallen apart. He would have no confidence in battle to move quickly and fight with zeal. Thus, Paul says, “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth…” Eph. 6:14
The majority of your spiritual armor is invisible. For instance, you can’t see the breastplate of righteousness, or helmet, your Sword of the Spirit or your lance of intercession. These are invisible weapons. But you can see one weapon. In fact, there is only one spiritual weapon that is visible to the sight. – The loin belt of truth.
God is making a point here. He’s saying that the piece of armor that is in the middle of the man is the most important weapon to the man. Likewise when we ignore the Word of God and cease to apply it to our lives on a daily basis, we have willfully chosen to let our entire spiritual life come apart at the seams!
It is important to point out that there are two kinds of words from God. There is the logos, which is the written Word of God, and there is the rhema, which is a fresh, specially quickened and revealed word from God. It is sensible to recognize that you will not always receive a rhema every time you would like to receive one. But you can always receive from the logos – the written Word, the Bible. Your Bible will always be within arms reach. This may not sound as exciting as receiving a supernatural word from the Lord. But keep in mind that Paul likens the Word of God to a Roman soldier’s loin belt. The loin belt was not as pretty and, in fact, it was common. Sometimes we treat the Word of God in a common way. We don’t appreciate its function in our life.
We think, “I’ve studied it and studied it and now I’m tired of it. There isn’t anything else for me to get out of it”. But, if you lay aside your Bible (your “loin belt of truth”), in time you’ll begin to lose your sense of righteousness. Lay aside the loin belt of truth and you will slowly begin to lose your sense of peace. Lay aside that loin belt of truth and the joy of your salvation will slowly begin to deplete. Lay it aside and you will begin to quickly to lose your ability to believe God and to walk in faith.
We absolutely cannot function as believers without the Word of God having an active and central role in our lives. You may run on adrenalin or a little steam from the past for a while, but you won’t run very far. If you remove the loin belt – the Word of God – it will only be a matter of time until you begin to fall to pieces spiritually. Demonic assaults will break through that invisible barrier that used to protect you, and chaos will take over in your life.
Paul declares that this ‘loin belt of truth” is so powerful and crucial; it can take the average individual and cause him or her to be “…. Perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:17)
2 Tim 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
The written Word has the power to “…thoroughly furnish you unto all good works.” The word furnish in the Greek is exartidzo, which means to completely outfit or to supply. It was used to depict wagons or ships outfitted with gear. By using this word, Paul tells us that the inspired Word of God will equip us with the “gear’ we need in order to walk in the power of God and to maintain our victorious position over the devil.
HOW TO WALK IN STRONG FAITH
How do you walk in strong, believing faith? How does the “shield of faith” become a daily reality in your life?
In Romans 10:17 Paul gives you the answer: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Do you want to walk in faith? Then get in God’s Word and stay there. Give it the most important place of priority in your life! Only the Word of God and produce consistent, ongoing faith.
I hope you can now understand why the Holy Spirit began the description on spiritual armor with the loin belt. If you do not have the loin belt of truth firmly positioned in your life, you will not be able to experientially walk in the other pieces of weaponry God has given you. God has given us a supernatural book so we can walk as a supernatural people. The Word of God will renew your mind and cause you to break agreement with the world’s way of thinking and take you from defeat into victory with a Kingdom perspective and Kingdom reality. The next piece of armor we will look at is The Breastplate of Righteousness!
Mon, September 5, 2011
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