Are You Wearing The Appropriate Attire? Part 1

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”

1 Corinthians 12

Have you ever looked at Ephesians 6:11-17 and thought why we would have to go through all that before we step outside our homes and into the world outside?  I mean, that is a lot to have to go through just to go to the office.  Or get on the subway; or even go out to dinner!  Why would we need to put on a WHOLE SUIT of armor.  Why couldn’t we just take our sword and cut down everyone who got in our way?  Actually, that is what most people do.  Christians and the secular society alike.  I find it interesting that one of the reasons we are so thin-skinned in today’s society is because we DON”T wear our armor.  And the REASON we don’t wear our armor is because many of us don’t understand the purpose of the armor.  I was one of those people, then one day, it was picture perfect.  

Whether we know it or not, we are always in battle against our enemy, the devil.  It is important that we are always prepared so that he cannot catch us with a TKO (Technical Knock Out), or knock us out of the game all together.   None of us would go out into a battlefield without the proper gear, otherwise, with the utmost certainty, we would be killed, immediately, once we caught the attention of enemy.  If that were the case, I would not want any troops in my company that did not have the appropriate attire.   Yet, this is what happens EVERY SINGLE DAY in the spiritual realm.  So, what does the “Armor of God” do for us?  In this and the next four blogs, we are going to find out the purpose of each member of the Amor of God” and how it works.  

The BELT OF TRUTH is something that we carry what God’s Word says.  When I looked up the word “gird” I found it meant ‘secure” as with a garment or a sword; and encircle as with a person or body part.  We know in our gut what is true.  But sometimes the devil tries to throw us some curve balls.  They are lies, but they are believable.  However, having on the BELT OF TRUTH, we can draw quickly from what we know to be factual and deem the devil a liar.  Several years ago, the devil tried to snuff out my light by telling me a lie.  Unfortunately, I believed it, and thought I had gotten way too bad for the Lord to ever forgive me for what I had done.  I was about to commit suicide, but before I was able to actually do the deed, I was led to go and read in God’s Word what it actually says.  I found out I had not gone too far off God’s path after all!!  If I had known the truth (which is God’s Word), I could have drawn from the BELT OF TRUTH, quickly.  Thank the Lord, I was literally guided in the right direction before I had gone too far.  

What does God’s Word say about truth?  In John 8:31-32, it sets you free; Psalm 61:7, it preserves us; Psalm 86:11 it springs from the earth; Proverbs 12:19 & 29:14, it establishes forever; Ephesians 5:9, the fruit of light comes from it; and in 1 Timothy 2:4, God desires all men to come into the knowledge of it.  So, now we know why we need to ‘gird ourselves with the BELT OF TRUTH.  Or better yet, encircle ourselves with the God’s Word, so that it is AT OUR CENTER!  Then you can call the devil out, and be like Inigo Montoya, in the Princess Bride, and tell him, “Hello, my name is John/Jane Doe, you have lied to me, prepare to die! Or at the very least, “Go back to the pits of hell where you belong!”

Be Blessed,

Cindy Simpson~Hembree

P.S. Next time we will cover the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

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