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Discover the Book - Apr. 13, 2009

  • 2009 Apr 13

Wearing His Truth

Are you aware that Satan wants to poison your thoughts and emotions away from the purity of God's truth? His attacks center in two areas: your mind and your emotions.

The Father of lies wants to snatch the Word of God from you.

  1. The Father of lies wants you to think that sin is not so bad.
  2. The Father of lies wants you to learn to laugh at sin on television or at the movies.
  3. The Father of lies wants to destroy your conscience so it will no longer warn you.
  4. The Father of lies wants to entertain you with sin so that you won't think it’s as evil as sin really is.
  5. The Father of lies wants to drown you in a sea of sin so that you become very tolerant of it.
  6. He wants fill your mind with doubts, lies, immorality, and false doctrine.
  7. He wants to debilitate your will and get you to do things you shouldn’t do
  8. He wants to twist your thinking by putting sinful ideas to appealing music.
  9. He wants to confuse your emotions by corrupting your desires and drawing your affections to the wrong things.

To counter Satan’s attack the Lord has told us we need to get dressed for war. In His Word He has told us just what will insure momentary and continued victory. In his letters to the First Century churches, Paul uses many pictures from the daily life to communicate truth about the Christian life. There are four areas prominent in Paul’s inspired writings: building ("You are the temple of God”), farming (“Whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap”), and athletics (“Run the race”) and the military (“Put on the whole armor of God”). It is our purpose in the next few weeks to examine whether we are fully dressed as soldiers of the Lord in our Armor of God.

Armor for Paul was more than pictures from daily life of the nearly omnipresent Roman Legionnaires. Very literally, the “whole armor of God” he describes is a picture of Jesus Christ. In verses 14-17 is a list of the combat equipment that the Holy Spirit issues to every believer at the moment of salvation. By faith and obedient experience we find Christ is:

1. We wear his Truth as the guide of all our ways. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me. Christ, saturates us with the Word of God and it becomes part of our very life.

2. We wear his RIGHTEOUSNESS as the guardian of our souls. 1 Corinthians 1:30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. This armor is imputed righteousness. It is Jesus Christ, not ours but His righteousness.

3. We wear his Peace as the shoes to walk through life. Ephesians 2:14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,

4. We wear his Faith, as our shield is battle. Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

5. We wear his Salvation as our helmet. Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

6. We wear his Word as the sword of the Spirit when we are letting His Word dwell in us. Colossians 3:16-17 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

So in the truest way, when we trusted Christ, we received Him as our armor. Paul told the Romans “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 13:14). By faith, put on the armor and trust God for the victory. Once and for all, we have put on the armor at the moment of salvation. But there must be a daily renewal. When King David put off his armor and returned to his palace, he was in greater danger than when he was on the battlefield (2 Sam. 11). We are never out of reach of Satan’s devices, so we must never be without the whole armor of God.

Here's the text in Eph. 6: "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12 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.13 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.14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;"

1. Belt of Truth. Vital to every soldier was this belt from which all tools of battle hung. This belt also held the soldier's robe together. To the Christian soldier a belt of truth means "honesty," "truthfulness," "integrity," and "sincerity" surrounds every part of our life.

Warning: Dishonesty brings defeat!

Then he said in verse 14, "having girded your loins with truth." So this guy is first of all, taking this long garment of Roman soldiers. To get the idea, imagine that you just took a big sheet and cut a hole for the head and pulled it over your head. Presto, that would be what a tunic would be in the ancient world. Can you imagine trying to do anything with this sheet flapping and flopping all around you? You'd look like a ghost - especially if you are going to battle, it would get all wrapped around you and fly up over your face and so they had to put a belt on to hold it and keep it from flapping up. But if you wanted to run and that was all the way down to the ground, you had to pull it up and tuck it in your belt. It would be kind of like taking your bedspread and cutting a hole in it and pulling it down and then trying to go running. You have to put a belt on and then tuck it in. And that's what he's talking about - having your loins girded with truth - putting on your belt.

How do we gird up our loins?

The girdle of truth (v. 14a). Satan is a liar (John 8:44), but the believer whose life is controlled by truth will defeat him. The girdle holds the other parts of the armor together, and truth is the integrating force in the life of the victorious Christian. A man of integrity, with a clear conscience, can face the enemy without fear. The girdle also held the sword. Unless we practice the truth, we cannot use the Word of truth. Once a lie gets into the life of a believer, everything begins to fall apart. For over a year, King David lied about his sin with Bathsheba, and nothing went right. Psalms 32 and 51 tell of the price he paid.

  1. Truth is the way God's saints serve: Josh. 24:14; 1 Sam. 12:24;
  2. Truth is written on the hearts of God's saints: Prov. 3:3.
  3. Truth is the way God's saints worship: John 4:24,
  4. Truth sanctifies God's saints: John 17:17,19.
  5. Truth is obeyed by God's saints: Rom. 2:8; Gal. 3:1.
  6. Truth rejoices God's saints: 1 Cor. 13:6;
  7. Truth is manifested by God's saints: 2 Cor. 4:2.
  8. Truth approves God's saints: 2 Cor. 6:7,8.
  9. Truth is the language of God's saints: Eph. 4:25;
  10. Truth grows as a fruit in God's saints: Eph. 5:9
  11. Truth guards God's saints: Eph. 6:14.
  12. Truth is what God's saints meditate upon: Phil. 4:8;
  13. Truth is loved by God's saints: 2 Thess. 2:10.
  14. Truth accompanies God's saints: Tit. 1:1.
  15. Truth purifies God's saints: 1 Pet. 1:22.
  16. Truth Abides continually with saints, 2 John 2.

Girding of our loins with truth means that tunic had to be tucked in and girded around them. You know what this was? A call for preparedness in the truth.

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