THE CHRISTIAN’S ARMOR
Ephesians 6:14a and Joshua 1:8
#2 - BELTED!
"Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth..."
Illustrations of hypocrisy abound. You can site some from your illustration resources or from personal experience.
Hypocrisy: We laugh about it in others.
We don't like it in others.
We ignore it or tolerate it in ourselves.
Because we are sinners, we also tend to be hypocrites. We pretend to be what we are not. We pretend not to be what we are. The one who is influencing us towards hypocrisy is Satan.
In Ephesians 6:11-12 we are warned against the "wiles of the devil" and against the work of his demons (Vs.12). We are encouraged in Ephesians 6: 10, 11 and 13 that we have Spiritual armor provided by God which we should put on.
In our stand against Satan, we are first told, "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth..."
Paul is in prison when he is writing. He is being guarded by a Roman soldier who probably had most or all of this armor with him.
Paul begins by discussing the belt!
When a soldier got dressed, he would put on his belt over his tunic.
The tunic was the primary piece of outer clothing that covered much of the soldier's body. It was a square piece of material with holes cut in it for the soldier's head and arms. It fit very loosely.
As you can imagine, during battle the tunic could easily be a hindrance, getting in the way. The tunic was tucked into the heavy leather belt worn by the soldier. The belt also helped to hold other pieces of armor in place. The belt was an essential piece of equipment.
Paul tells us to wear the belt of truth!
It is the truth that will help us keep all the other pieces of armor and our lives in place.
As the belt surrounds the person wearing it, the truth should surround us.
And may I add this thought - If we surround ourselves with truth and actually practice it, we will be truthful. To truly surround ourselves with truth, we are also surrounding ourselves with truthfulness. THE BEST ANTIDOTE FOR HYPOCRISY IN OUR LIVES IS THE TRUTH PRACTICED!
So, what is the truth?
First of all there is the truth of the Gospel.
A person must come to a point in his or her life of trusting the one, who died for our sins, was buried and rose again. A person must believe on the one who is "the way, the truth and the life."
A person must trust the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her Savior.
John 14:6 - "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
Second, there is the truth of God's Word.
Third, there is the truth of practicing God's Word. That is called truthfulness.
I feel that the belt we put on is the truth of God's Word and the truthfulness of practicing it.
For the rest of this message, I would like to take you to a passage of Scripture that will show us how to put on that belt of truth so that our lives will be truthful!
Joshua 1:8 - "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."
MY RESOURCE - "This book of the law..."
Joshua had the first 5 books of the Bible. We have Genesis to Revelation. We have a great book written by God. 2 Timothy , 2 Peter , Romans 15:4, Psalm 19:7-11
MY RETAINMENT - "... shall not depart out of thy mouth;"
As a 7-year old boy, I
remember asking my mother at World Series time if the
MY REFLECTION - "...but thou shalt meditate therein day and night..."
See Psalm 1:2, Jeremiah and Psalm 119:15,16, 97.
MY REASON - "... that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein:"
See Psalm 119:9
MY RESULTS - "... for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."
I believe that the prosperity mentioned here is primarily Spiritual. See Psalm 1:3.