The Whole Armor of God
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Put on the Belt of Truth –(Jesus is the Truth)
We are told to STAND having GIRDED your waist with truth. (Notice you need to keep standing, even if you feel like collapsing. Put on the armor of God and you will not only stand, but you will be victorious) We could go on a lengthy lesson on belts and truth but I want to make this easy to understand. Girding your waist/ putting on your belt of truth is simply knowing the truth and knowing how to walk as Jesus walked. It means you must know the truth and in order to know the truth, you must learn……. then to learn you must study God’s word. This is the foundation of every other piece of warfare.
- If you don’t know the truth of righteous living, how can you put on your breastplate of righteousness ?
- If you don’t know the truth of peace in Jesus, how can you put on the shoes of peace?
- If you don’t know the foundational truth of your faith , how can you lift your shield of faith?
- If you don’t know the truth of scripture, how can you lift up your sword, which is the word of God?
- If you don’t know the truth eternal life in Christ, how can you put on your helmet of salvation?
How do I put on the belt of truth?
Begin each day by putting on the Belt of Truth, which is reading God’s word. I just recently spent time reading 1 John. Here are truths I learned in the first two chapters: I am to live in obedience, I am to walk as Jesus walked, I am to live in love, I am to hold no anger or hatred to anyone, I am to abide in Him and His word in me, I am to live in fellowship with the Father and with others and I am to obey His commandments.
I needed to be reminded of these truths this past week. You could also study the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 or read 1 Corinthians 13 about Love. When I read the bible, I find truths to righteous living on every page. If you are just beginning, start by reading Proverbs or Psalms. Psalms 1 teaches us the importance of having the right kind of friends. Are you angry? Full of bitterness? Unforgiveness? Laziness? Lacking self control? Filled with lust? Search the scriptures for verses on these topics so you will learn how God wants you to live, this is learning the truth, this is putting on your belt of truth. Bible gateway has a topical index if you wanted to search an online bible.
Putting on the Belt of truth, Examples from 1 John 1-2:
1 John 2:3 we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
Truth: I must obey Him
1 John 2:5 -6 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
Truth: I am to walk just as He walked
2 John 2:9-11 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
Truth: I need to forgive anyone that has hurt me or made me angry. The bible says to hate someone is the same as murder. If I hate, I am walking in darkness and neither is their light in me nor is their light around me to see the truth. It seems hatred for another causes spiritual blindness.
1 John 2: 15-17 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
Truth: Do I love the things of the world more than God? Would I rather sit in front of the tv or internet instead of spending time with Him? Do I put anything before God? Being prideful of accomplishments, wealth, material things is not from God the Father – check your life and see is this pride has snuck in. Am I living in the will of God, because only then I know I will abide forever with Him. Have I been helping others? Would I rather buy name brand items than help someone in need? Just thoughts……
29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him
Truth : Is my life a life of righteousness? Do my words speak righteousness? Am I an example of righteousness to my family.
As I ponder these truths, I can see areas where I am borderline or not living righteously… maybe in my sarcasm, my jokes, maybe my words haven’t been acceptable before God. I can see times where I’ve neglected my prayer time and put things of the world first before God. I know these are things I need to change.
Putting on the Belt of Truth, examples from Proverbs:
Proverbs 13:13 He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
Truth: This shows me the importance of Godly living, that I need to spend time reading God’s word. If I don’t understand, I keep going and all the while asking for understanding for God will certainly hear my prayer. I will fear God and honor His commandments.
Proverbs 13: 20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
Truth: Are my friendships with questionable friends the right thing to do before God? If I want to be wise, I must walk with the wise. If I chose fools for companions ( and we know who they are) destruction is ahead. (yikes, I needed that one too)
You might also enjoy reading : 77 DON’TS FROM KING SOLOMON (PROVERBS)
Putting on the Belt of Truth, Examples from Psalms:
Psalm 52:1-4 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually. Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. You love evil more than good, Lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah You love all devouring words, You deceitful tongue. God shall likewise destroy you forever; He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place, And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah 6 The righteous also shall see and fear, And shall laugh at him, saying, 7 “Here is the man who did not make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness.”
Truth: Why do you keep boasting of your angry explosions? Do you think you’re so tough? Why do you boast in your evil? You tongue is full of lies, hurting others like a sharp razor And you even enjoy it. You would rather lie than speak righteously. You are proud that your words can knock others down , your words devour others. In the end, your strength will be as nothing, your will be thrown out of your living place and God will destroy you forever – so stop being a jerk
Applying these truths to your life
I didn’t know and understand everything when I first decided to live for Christ. The Holy Spirit will give you understanding and help you understand how to apply the scripture to your life. It’s dangerous when you start to make your own ways and your own rules about your Salvation and your beliefs. In Romans 1, we are told that those who go their own way and make their own god based upon their own thoughts are living in confusion. The bible is your foundation, it is true and trustworthy. It is Holy Spirit inspired and every single letter is there by God’s will. It will change you and make you the New Creation in Christ that the bible speaks of in 2 Cor. 5:17
Okay, so now you understand your belt of truth. You can’t put on a belt of truth without the truth. The next two things you must put on are the breastplate or righteousness and the shoes of peace. Simply put, this means you are to apply these truths to your life and walk in them. There is protection in righteous living. There is protection when you live in peace with others. The two go hand in hand. You can’t have peace with others unless you are living righteously and you can’t live righteously unless you are living in peace . You can’t live righteously without the truth and you can’t live in peace without the truth.
Without this, you are unguarded and opening a door for the enemy to come in – maybe in anger, unforgivinenss, bitterness, etc.
So taking one step at a time, learn the truth (it will set you free) and walk in it. Once you have the 3 pieces of armor on, you will be able to easily pick up the last 3 pieces of armor – the shield, the sword and the helmet.
Below are a few more keys to the Belt of Truth that I discovered while studying a book on Warfare by T.Evans
1. adjust your life/thoughts/words/actions to the truth of God’s word
2. The belt is the foundation and place to keep the other armor
3. The Word sanctifies us and sets us apart for special use John 17:17
4. Be careful of the devils temptations, he mixes the truth with lies and knows your weak points
5. the devil tempted Jesus at his weakest point, after he had fasted for 40 days. Be careful when you feel weak, strengthen yourself in God’s word Matt 4:1-11
6. Put on truth, which is the word, which is Jesus
7. Endure through a testing time – in strife, discord, disunity, anger, malice, etc endure with your shoes of peace
8. Check your heart, actions and words. Be quick to repent when you realize your sins
9. Spend time in prayer…always. Ask for understanding, for a renewed mind and to show you if anything unacceptable is in your heart
10. Take my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ
11. Fix my thoughts Phil 4:8
12. Jesus is the truth
For more about the Armor of God:
- Armor of God: Shield and Sword (www.prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com)
- Armor of God: Breastplate of Righteousness (www.prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com)
- Armor of God: The Shoes of Peace (www.prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com)
- Armor of God: What is faith (www.prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com)
- Armor of God: How can I have faith? (www.prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com)
- Armor of God: Know your enemy (www.prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com)
- Lust **warning** (www.prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com)
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than the sparrows. – (Luke 12:7)
“Our true value is God’s estimate of our worth, not our peers’. Other people evaluate and categorize us according to how we perform, what we achieve, and how we look. but God cares for us, as He does for all of His creatures, because we belong to Him. So we can face life without fear.” – (NIV footnotes for Luke 12:7)
We each are valued by God, not for what we have or have not done, but because we are His. He loves us to life, and sent His only Son to conquer death so that we might live. All that we have done, He knows, yet He still loves us the same. May we go forth in His great love, and love too, in His holy Name.
and still loved the same;
of infinite worth,
in Christ’s holy Name.
Of whom shall we fear,
with God on our side;
Spirit ever near,
in us, He resides.
His love isn’t earned,
we can’t do a thing;
to make Him love more,
He wants us to come,
to Him, as we are;
give Him everything,
our soul, mind and heart.
Our small gift of self,
He can truly bless;
beauty from ashes,
glory from our mess.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are known and loved by You. Thank You that with You, we need not be afraid. Forgive us for our fears, and help us to hold fast to the truth of Your power and presence in our lives. Teach us to trust You in all things and at all times, knowing that regardless of what we see, You are present, and You are in control. You have gone before us and You are by our side. Help us to go forth in love, as You so richly love us. May many come to know Your care and covering as we share of all that You have done in our lives. Be glorified, O God, as we seek to serve You in all that we say and do. Amen.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. – 2 Corinthians 1:3
Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” – (Luke 11:23-24)
Jesus was speaking to the seventy-two, whom He had sent out ahead of Himself to prepare the way in every town that He was intending to go. All of the individuals living in that time and in that place, had the unique privilege and opportunity to be eyewitnesses of Christ. So many people of that day and age took Jesus for granted. They did not really listen nor obey, despite His divinity displayed before their very eyes. We too are in positions of privilege. Though we are not eyewitnesses to Jesus in the flesh, we have access to more than two millennium of church history, countless translations of the Bible, collections of churches and a plethora of pastors in every city, as well as the vast resource available through technology at our fingertips. Additionally, when we come to Christ today, His Spirit dwells in us and speaks to us – leading and guiding us in the ways we are to go. With such great privilege and power that we have been given, so too, do we have a great responsibility. May we choose to carefully follow Christ, and represent Him well to all whom we encounter.
for what they have seen;
the touch of God’s hand,
as He washes clean.
He takes the sinful,
the broken and scarred;
and loves us to life,
our great Morning Star.
His glory witnessed,
His power, divine;
the prophets and kings,
longed to grasp what’s mine.
With His sweet presence,
we have so much more;
let’s follow with care,
Christ whom we adore.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are so blessed to live in this day and age where we have endless access to You. We can read about You, listen to teaching and preaching about You, worship You, and come before You in prayer. Thank You that You place Your Spirit in us when we give our lives to You; and You speak to us, teaching, correcting, leading and loving us as we go about our days. Forgive us for taking our position of privilege for granted, or for neglecting Your accessibility that is all around us. Teach us to utilize our resources to grow more deeply in love with You daily, and help us to share our passion for You with all whom we encounter. Lead us to love others as You so lavishly love us. May many come to know You as their Savior and King. Be glorified as we are careful to carry out all that You call us to do. Amen.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy. – Hebrews 4:16
“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little. – (Luke 7:47)
Jesus spoke these words in response to Simon, the Pharisee, as he questioned Jesus about allowing a sinful woman to remain at His feet as she washed them with her tears and dried them with her hair. In His presence, she had come to repent, and her faith was both seen and acknowledged before all who were present.
When we come to recognize just how much we have been forgiven, how can we help but love? The very same grace that has been given to us, begins to flow freely from us, as we embrace the height and depth and breadth of His forgiveness and grace granted to all who believe. May we go forth in love, as we have been forgiven much.
exposed, in full view;
how will He respond,
what will the Lord do?
As we come in faith,
with repentant hearts;
He forgives and loves,
grants each a new start.
The greater the gift,
of mercy and grace;
the stronger the drive,
to give love away.
His love is mighty,
granted without bounds;
restores the broken,
and lost become found.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we are forgiven, we are filled with Your love to overflowing. Thank You that as we recognize the fullness of Your mercy and grace, we cannot help but be compelled to love others. Forgive us for placing limits on love, and help us to love in Your strength as You lead us. Teach us to trust You more, and help us to hear You clearly, and to allow You to direct our every step. May many come to know the magnitude of Your mercy and grace, as they are shown Your love through us today. Be glorified, Lord God, as we love as You love us. Amen.
And the Lord said, “I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you.” – Exodus 33:19
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi (also known as Matthew) sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed Him. – (Luke 5:27-28)
There are several really remarkable steps to Matthew’s story. First, he was a tax collector, and therefore, no friend to the Jews. Additionally, his position had likely been a very lucrative one for him, yet at Jesus’ invitation, he willingly walked away from it all, to faithfully follow Him. Even more than Matthew’s willingness to leave his life of luxury behind, He desperately wanted others to discover what he had found in Christ, so he held a great banquet, inviting all his friends, so that they too, might meet Jesus and choose to follow Him. Matthew laid down his material possessions to gain spiritual wealth, as he was overjoyed to be associated with Jesus.
Each of us has a story; a moment in time when we heard Him whisper an invitation to come and follow Him. What have we set aside to serve Him? Do we go out of our way to share the joy that we have found with those whom we care most about? May our stories each include passion, promise, and pride in He who grants us new life, as we willingly set aside whatever He asks, and choose to follow Him with all that we are.
and calls us by name;
what will we lay down?
Money? Fortune? Fame?
Where He asks we go,
requires us move;
giant steps of faith,
our fears He’ll remove.
All trust is needed,
as are faithful steps;
when we go in peace,
we’re His righteous reps.
Help our hearts let go,
of temporal things;
and to You, Lord God,
we forever cling.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the remarkable examples of men and women that have gone before us, that willingly walked away from what was comfortable and known, into the unknown, as they trusted in You. Thank You that the benefits far outweigh the burdens for all of eternity, no matter what the cost seems to be in the here and now. Forgive us for our hesitation when we hear You call, and help us to move immediately, just as Matthew did. May our willing obedience be a blessing to all whom we encounter, and may many come to know of Your loving kindness as a result. Help us to love as You love us, and keep our hearts tender to hear from You. Be glorified, O God, as we faithfully follow You. Amen.
The joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10
Our faithfulness where we are planted, matters. People notice consistency over time. When our character testifies truth through our ongoing actions, Christ is seen through us. Daniel was an incredible example of this. He was an exile in a foreign land, torn from all that he knew. Though he entered the land under less than ideal circumstances, he was honorable to complete every task assigned to him, and faithful to honor God first, in all that he said and did. Never did he compromise his beliefs for what was asked of him. Daniel found favor before God and men, through his ongoing commitment to the Lord. Ultimately, after a series of unfortunate events and some jealous satraps seeking to destroy him, King Darius was so moved by what he witnessed in and through Daniel that he commanded his kingdom follow God.
“I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and He endures forever; His kingdom will not be destroyed, His dominion will never end. He rescues and He saves; He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” – (Daniel 6:26-27)
How do we impact those around us? Do our words and actions align in a way that is a positive witness for Christ? Our faithfulness in even the smallest of circumstances, can speak volumes to those who do not yet know Him. May we walk in His truth, as our words and deeds align with all that He would ask of us.
to You, O Lord;
in word and deed,
Your love outpoured.
Let love and light,
both freely flow;
so all we meet,
may come to know.
Allow Your grace,
and all desire,
You be present.
For You endure,
our Holy One;
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are for us, and that You remain present with those who are faithful to follow You. Thank You that even in the most dire of circumstances, You remain present. Thank You that You can use our faithfulness to follow You, in all things at all times, as a testimony before those around us. Forgive us for the times when we have been inconsistent, and help us to remain steadfast in Your strength. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may more clearly reflect Your love and light to all whom we encounter. May many come to know and revere You as their Savior and King. Be exalted, O God, as we are faithful to You in our words and deeds. Amen.
May God Almighty grant you mercy. – Genesis 43:14