Stand firm then, with the belt of truth fastened around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness on; Ephesian 6:14
It’s a poor soldier indeed who does recognize the enemy.
Corrie ten Boom
In Ephesians 6, Paul tells us to put on the armor of the Spirit, to pray without ceasing and to stand! The Lord has told me for years to stand, it may sound like a foreign concept, but allow me to go into detail.
Nobody is perfect, we all make mistakes… It’s one thing to sin and stay in sin because you enjoy it, and another is to have faith to repent and return to God. It takes a lot of doubt, guilt and pride to enjoy a life that displeases God. But when we stand in faith, nothing, not even our own failures, can take us out of the race. Our faith is tried to build in us: endurance.
In the scripture above the Lord tells us that our hearts and minds are to be girded by faith and love. He tells us this because otherwise, we are open to Satan’s slickest and most detrimental attacks. We simply need to stand on the truth of God’s character which is revealed in the scriptures. We put on a breastplate, which shields our hearts with faith and love: we wear the belt of truth, which fastens the Truth (God and the Word) to us. Paul tells us to wear the belt of truth instructing us to fasten our core with the truth of God. The Word tells us to gird up the loins of our minds with the truth as well. The loin is the biblical term for our midsection, or as I’d like to say our core. So: roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, fasten your seatbelt, buckle up! I relate God’s command to us, to stand in truth to :
- be firm in your faith, or rest in God.
- Resting in God means, be ready in your heart and mind for whatever may come: have faith! Know that God is with you, He is for you and He will work it all out for your good.
When we stand on God’s truth, the world could collapse around us and we will prove to live by faith. We may experience fear, pain or even some wounds but we will be A-Okay!
Thank you Father for being wonderful! We thank you for your faithfulness, and your ways even when we don’t understand. Today I ask that you increase our faith, so that we would be able to stand firm through all present and future circumstance. In Jesus name, Amen.