“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth…” ~ Ephesians‬ ‭6:14‬ ‭NKJV

Gird means to encircle and to secure. Encircle yourself WITH the truth, secure yourself IN the truth.

When I was studying this passage some time ago, I was at first puzzled with why Apostle Paul would chose to mention the belt of truth first? Why not the shield or the sword?

After ready about Roman soldiers in those times and other warriors I found that the belt is an equally vital piece of armour and serves many purposes. It’s what holds us upright, it’s what holds the armour (and us) together. It keeps our swords in easy reach.

A closer look at some warrior’s/solider’s belts shows that the belt is thick and wide, somewhat like a weightlifter’s belt. Weightlifters wear these belts to increase stability in their spine and lower back muscles, to strengthen and support their core under pressure (*pause and think on this for a moment*).

We need our ‘belt’ to strengthen our spiritual core. This means that we need to surround ourselves with the truth and not allow anything other than the truth to enter our situations.

The enemies lies and deceit comes in order to confuse us and mess with our lives. When we surround ourselves with God’s truth we are confident in who we are and who He is, our spiritual core is strengthened, our spinal is supported and we stand upright, shoulders back and head high.

The belt also holds our scarab and God sword (God’s word). The sword needs to be in easy reach so that when an attack comes the warrior can place a hand on its grip and draw it’s ‘two-edged blade’.

Knowing the truth means that you know when you are faced with a lie, and being well-versed in the truth makes it easier to draw your sword and attack that lie before it has a chance to attack you and try to derail His plans for you.

The world in which we live in is always trying to attack us with images and messages that are not the truth, telling us we must look a certain way or act a certain way or speak a certain way…”do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).

When I’m faced with a thought or with something that doesn’t seem quiet right, when I have an uneasy feeling about a situation/circumstance,  I go into God’s Word to find my answers. If I can’t find a passage that gives me direction then I know it’s not for me, it’s not truth.

Know the truth, it will set you free (John 8:32). Stand firm and encircle yourself, secure yourself, in the truth. It will strengthen your spine and keep your upright, it will protect your core.

Arise and pray,

Jess xx



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