by Linda Evans Shepherd
Our fight against the dark world is ongoing, so we must remain battle ready, careful that we are never caught without the truth of Christ tied around us. The enemy of our souls was present at the dawn of time, and he’s had centuries to watch us, observe us and study our human weaknesses. He knows how to tempt us at our most vulnerable moments. It’s not okay to take off our armor while we follow the nudges of the enemy into sin, even if only for a moment. It’s moments like those when the enemy of our souls springs his traps to capture us in compromising positions.
The belt of truth—combined with prayer—can break people out of the strong delusion that right is wrong and wrong is right. The belt of truth can bar deception while it sets us free from the strategies of the enemy. My friend Ann and I tied on the belt of truth in prayer one Sunday afternoon when she called me in desperation. Her son’s best friend, Jack, had jumped from a cliff above a raging river. He had gone under the rapids and disappeared. The water was so dangerous that the rescue workers had refused to retrieve his body. That’s when her son Dale decided he would retrieve Jack’s body by tying one end of a rope around his waist and the other end around a tree before jumping in. On the way to the river Dale had stopped by his mother’s house to tell her good-bye.
“No, you have to pray,” I told her. “You have to pray in the full armor of God, in the knowing of who you are in Jesus, for the armor is Jesus.”
Ann led us in a prayer as she prayed the armor on herself and on her son, especially the belt of truth. An hour later she called me back.
“Ann, what happened?”
“Dale got to the river and decided not to jump. Do you know what a miracle that is?”
The belt of truth made the difference. As Dale was preparing to jump, Jack’s mother told him the truth. “I believe Jack committed suicide. Please do not add to the body count.” It was this truth that changed Dale’s mind and kept him from doing something that would have certainly taken his life and resulted in two funerals.
You might be wondering why I told Ann that the armor is Jesus. Compare each piece of the armor with the truth of who Jesus is.
• Belt of truth: Jesus is the truth. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6 NKJV).
• Breastplate of righteousness: Jesus is righteousness. “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1).
• Sandals of peace: Jesus is the Prince of Peace. “And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NLT).
• Shield of faith: Jesus is the source of our faith. “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1–2 NKJV).
• Helmet of salvation: Jesus is our salvation. “No one else can save us. Indeed, we can be saved only by the power of the one named Jesus and not by any other person” (Acts 4:12 GW).
• Sword of the Spirit (God’s Word): Jesus is the Word. “The Word (Christ) was in the beginning. The Word was with God. The Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. He made all things. Nothing was made without Him making it. Life began by Him. His Life was the Light for men. The Light shines in the darkness. The darkness has never been able to put out the Light” (John 1:1–5 NLV).
So when we put on the armor of Christ, we are putting on Jesus Himself. In fact, Romans 13:14 says, “But be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ” (JUB). Knowing that when we put on the armor we are putting on Christ is a great perspective changer, for now we know:
• We are in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
• Christ is in us (Colossians 1:27).
• We are hidden or clothed in Christ (Romans 13:14; Colossians 3:3).
Linda Evans Shepherd, Winning Your Daily Spiritual Battles: Living Empowered by the Armor of God, Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 2016, Used by permission. www.bakerpublishinggroup.com
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