Monday, February 16, 2009

Standing Strong Against Warfare - Part 2

In Ephesians 6:11-18 we are told to put on the full armor of God to stand against the wiles of the devil. We are to stand strong even though it is not flesh and blood we are fighting.

So what exactly does it mean to put on the full armor of God?

Let look today at the first two pieces of the armor in Ephesians 6, the belt of truth and breastplate of righteousness.

The first thing Paul tells us to do is stand having girded our waist with the truth. The picture he is painting is a warrior girding his loins. In Roman times this phrase “girding your loins” meant to draw up and tie your lower garments between your legs to increase mobility. This prevented the loose ends of the tunic from getting tangled up and causing the soldier to stumble or fall. Girding your loins was a common practice done during the Roman era to protect the private area of a man (an area very vulnerable).

So how does girding our loins in the truth apply to us today?

We start by having spiritual agility. Preventing ourselves from stumbling and falling by having truth in our lives. We tie up all the loose things in our lives that cause us to stumble.

When we hide behind a mask or have hidden things in our lives we are not living in truth. By living in truth we are truly set free. Living in truth means that we are honest with God, ourselves and others. If we are not transparent in our lives, it gives Satan things to needle us about. When we are hiding things, past or present, that we are afraid to tell others, rest assured Satan will use it to tell us we are not good enough. When we are completely truthful, there is nothing left for the devil to throw at us and create condemnation.

Are there hidden things in your life that you’re scared to tell anyone? Things you would prefer no one ever knew about? If so, I would urge you to find someone safe to tell them to. As you begin to reveal things, the power of Satan to use them against you is taken away.

The next thing Paul tells us to do is put on the breastplate of righteousness. The breastplate of the Roman soldier was made of chain-mail. A metal chain knitted together which made it easier to have full range of movement but still be protected. It protected the soldier’s heart and other vital organs, which were necessary to sustain life.

Righteousness is our breastplate, knitted together for us through the blood of Jesus Christ. It gives us full range of motion to serve and care for others while protecting us from attack to our heart. With the breastplate of righteousness given to us at salvation by grace, we can fight boldly knowing our vital organs are protected. Christ is continually working his righteousness in us. Through this righteousness we are justified and can stand before God.

We are to continue in righteousness by not walking in sin or compromising our faith. When we walk in the righteousness of Christ each day, we are assured that we will be protected just as a breastplate of chain-mail protected the Roman soldier.

6 comments:

Billy Coffey said...

Strangely, I've never connected the breastplate of righteousness to the protection of the heart. Very illuminating.

Great post!

Andy C said...

Sherri:

These are great posts, keep 'em up! We are covering Ephesians 6:10-20 over the period of several weeks at our church and we are hearing the same message you are laying down here.

Preach it!

Lance Eh. said...

We go through ups and downs until Christ returns.

Angi said...

Good use of imagery. When we are living for God, not others or things, our heart is protected. Other people's opinions or words can't hurt us. We're doing God's work and He is th eonly one we need to impress. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

hey what if things that we hide does not concern about others but only yourself?why must we talk to others about our past?

Brenda said...

The Lord must be preparing us for battle. I noticed one of your readers said his church is studying this. I will be speaking on "Staying in the Battle" at an upcoming spring ladies event. I am always amazed at how the Lord unites believers from all over in a topic of study! His word truly is living and active!
One word of caution - Use incredible, divine wisdom when you choose to reveal things to people. Satan certainly can eat you up when you bury your troubles, but he can also cause incredible pain when you divulge them if you are not careful. Some things are best laid at the foot of the cross and never carried further. Other things need a confidant to help you bear the burden. But always, go to the Lord first to confess. A clean heart and clean hands before God almighty will clear the head to determine if anyone else should be told.
Have a wonderful day wearing your armor! Love You!