Armour Of God

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                                    Valerie Balzan

This is a new series being presented by Valerie Balzan who is on the Leadership Team at Liveseed International Church, Qormi, Malta.  The Christian believer is called upon to wear the divine armour that the Lord has provided and know what each piece is for in the contest with Satan and the evil agencies under his control. There is a spiritual war on and every Christian soldier must be fully armed and trained for battle and experience supreme conquest

 

THE ARMOUR OF GOD – Part 4

 

The Girdle of Truth (Section B “The Big Squeeze!”)

 

Text: Ephesians 6:10-18

 

At the root of sin is a stubborn resistance to deal with truth. We are often in denial about ourselves and secretly hope that God will overlook our failings. Yet David wrote in Psalm 51:6 “You desire truth in the inward parts.” As a girdle squeezes you in and makes you feel rather uncomfortable, so God’s truth will give a “push” to your soul and make you feel uncomfortable when you are walking in dishonesty. The key to victory is repentance and action.

 

What action? Psalm 119 gives us the answer. Verse 30 says “I have chosen the way of truth” – that’s the first thing to do. Make a quality decision that God is always right and that you will obey Him. This gives great pleasure to God for it is a wonderful act of worship. Then verse 30 says that “Your judgments I have laid before me” That’s the opening of the Bible and reading it and getting guidance from it. Verse 31 says “I cling to Your testimonies.” Once you know the truth then hold onto it and don’t let it go. Verse 32 then declares, “I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart.” Once God sees that you are serious about living by the truth, then He will give you the grace to do so. He will increase your desire to do so and that motivation will ensure your success.

 

In Ephesians 6:14 (KJV) Paul talks of “having your loins girt about with truth.” The loins represent our most private areas. We must guard our love of the truth so that there is no barrier between us and the Lord. The loins speak of life and reproduction. Whatever calling we have on our lives, we must seek to reproduce it in the lives of others. – 2 Timothy 2:2. If you love sharing your faith with non-believers and find that many respond to you, then find some baby Christians in which you discern the same gifting and teach and encourage them to step out in faith and do the same. God has called us to “reproduce after our own kind” – Genesis 1:22, 24, 28. But if the truth is not in us, we will produce “mixed seed.” Just take a look at the lives of people who attend churches where they preach a gospel of compromise so as not to offend the congregation and to make a name for themselves as being “seeker friendly.” Often the motive is the thought of large collections every Sunday. Their churches are often splendid looking and you will find honour given to the wealthy and influential. Yet their meetings are lifeless because God does not tabernacle where the truth is absent. Paul warns about this in 2Timothy 3:5 “having a form of godliness but denying it’s power”

 

He goes on in verses 8 and 9 to say “Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.” Usually the children of such “Christians” are not fooled by the hypocrisy of their parents and the church dies at the end of their generation. How sad! God has not called us to death but to life. Let us open our hearts to let the Lord deal with our secret weaknesses and sinful motives, so that our service to Him will be honest and life-producing. Let us be unafraid to teach/preach/live the truth.

 

The last text in the above paragraph starts as a warning in verse 1. “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:” Today we are truly living in perilous times. People have cast off spiritual values and true morality. They call evil “good” and they call good “evil”. Those who are committed to Jesus Christ have to work with these people and live among them. As these ungodly men and women make ungodly laws, so oppression increases over our lives. How important it is for us to value, hold onto and live according to God’s holy truth. It will protect us and hold us steady in life’s battles. It is armour.

 

Lastly let us strive to always speak the truth. That might seem an obvious thing to do in light of what I’ve just shared. However I am referring to using the voice to be creative. Speaking creative and faith-filled words into a conversation can change the course of that conversation. It creates a godly atmosphere. Speaking words of life over our children can cause them to have a higher vision of themselves and release in them a sense of destiny; of God having great plans for their lives. That will often motivate a child far more than all the complaining, criticising, negative and often abusive words that parents sometimes speak over them. Usually the parent is frustrated by the child’s behaviour but their way of dealing with it isn’t godly. Correct gently but firmly and then speak often of the Lord’s love for them and how He and you value them. That will stop the enemy from speaking other ways of seeking value into their ears.

 

This is truly spiritual warfare! For the sake of the kingdom of God and for the next generation, let us speak truth and life.

 

Further study

Psalm 86:11;  Psalm 15:1-5  Proverbs 4:20-23   Proverbs 15:4   Proverbs 16:24  Romans 1:25   John 8:31,32   

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