I am studying a passage in the bible (Eph. 6), because I am confused and need answers. I want to understand why it sometimes feels like I am being attacked spiritually, and what can be done about it.
I want to know what is this “Armor of God” that the bible talks of, and how can I be open and loving while covered in armor?
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand…” (Eph. 6:13)
Well, I may have solved the whole question for this series in the last phrase above:
“…and after you have done everything, to stand…”
Maybe I only need the armor of God after I have done everything I can. Maybe God begins where I end. When I realize that I can do no more, that’s when I need God…?
We’ll put a pin in that idea, and come back to it later.
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,…” (v.14)
Okay. Let’s see. Why do I need truth belted around my waist? Hmm.
My waist is my center. Truth centers me. Grounds me. Balances me.
How does it do that? It happens in two ways.
First, I can only be truly happy if I own and speak my truth. That means that I alone know my truth. It has taken me a while to figure it out, but it goes something like this:
God is real. God is a force and an energy that is with me in every minute. God is working every single moment for my good. I am Loved unconditionally.
I may have doubts about everything else, but that I know for sure. That is my truth. Speaking that truth (especially to myself), really does calm me down and keep me balanced.
Second, truth is about honesty. I don’t know if anyone is 100% honest. I know I’m not. I want to be, but at least once a day the Holy Spirit will remind me that I am exaggerating a particular point or withholding information for the sake of comfort.
I suspect that if I ever arrive at that realm of being 100% honest 100% of the time, my life would be much simpler. I would do less overthinking and have more open interaction with the world around me.
Okay, so what have I discovered?
Truth is not defensive. Truth is not combative. It simply is. Truth is not armor that defends and fights. Truth is preventative. Truth protects me from my own self. Truth not only gives me something to hold onto during the battle, but may prevent the battle from happening in the first place. Truth centers me on solid ground. Truth gives me peace.
I like it.
13 “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,…”
Do you think that verse means after you have done everything wrong….?
Hopefully, this is helping someone. It’s doing me a lot of good.
Have a blessed day.
I Love you all!