“Gird your loins with the belt of truth.” It’s the first instruction when putting on the armor of God. What’s the belt of truth? How do you gird your loins with it? And what impact does this piece of armor have on your spiritual warfare? Richaél Lucero answers all of these questions. Plus where the belt of truth is most needed in your life. (It’s probably not where you expected.)
This series combines a bible study on the armor of God and spiritual warfare. Each episode goes over one of seven pieces of armor. This is armor piece number one.
armor of god series
How to fight like a child of God in your daily spiritual warfare using all seven pieces of what St. Paul calls the “armor of God” in Ephesians 6.
The seven pieces of armor that make up the armor of God.
Stand therefore, having girded your loins with [the belt of] truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace;besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,Ephesians 6:14-18
The first step in putting on the whole armor of God.
Stand therefore, having girded your loins with [the belt of] truth…Ephesians 6:14
Christ is the truth referred to in the Belt of Truth.
I am the way, the truth, and the life.John 14:6
The first Passover. Girding ones loins is a mark of readiness.
In this manner you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste.Exodus 12:11
Who/what we’re fighting in the spiritual war.
For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:12
Who/what we’re fighting in the spiritual war. [Not a contradiction of St. Paul.] Both work in tandem.
For it is not an external enemy whom we have to dread. Our foe is shut up within ourselves: an internal warfare is daily waged by us: and if we are victorious in this, all external things will be made weak, and everything will be made peaceful and subdued for the soldier of Christ.”St. John Cassian, Book V Ch. 21
An explanation of how St. Paul and St. John Cassian compliment each other.
The Devil never proposes to us sins in their proper colors; he does not speak of idolatry, but he sets it off in another dress, using wiles, that is, making his discourse plausible, employing disguises.St. John Chrysostom, Homily 22
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