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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Gird Your Innermost Being


Sometimes, the answers to our prayers are seen immediately; sometimes, they take longer to see. The answers that aren’t seen immediately are the ones the enemy attacks. When you are praying and believing for your promise, remember…


“We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth” (Ephesians 6:12-14a, NKJV).


You fight the enemy—not people. He comes against your faith and brings the battle to your mind. You will face discouragement quickly if you aren’t equipped to fight your battle. When you start to believe God’s Truth for something, that is when your battle begins. You don’t just stand against the enemy one time. You stand against him again and again and again. Standing on God’s Truth builds your faith to believe your battle is already won and your promise received.


When you are in a battle, you need to give attention to the armor of God. You can’t just assume that you will automatically have His armor working in you.  You must be proactive and deliberately use what God has given you.  


Ephesians 6:18 says that the purpose of God’s armor is to make your prayers effective. Your strength is found in your unity with Him—spirit to spirit. Your relationship with Him grows stronger from worshiping Him in spirit and Truth (John 4:23, Jude 1:20). Your intimate connection with the Holy Spirit in prayer empowers you to hold on believing in the promise God has given you. 


Paul uses the armor worn by a Roman soldier as an example of God’s armor. The girdle, or the belt, was the first piece of armor that a Roman soldier put on around his waist.  Everything in his armor connected to the belt. The first piece of God’s armor is His Truth. All the other pieces of His armor are connected to His Truth and empowered by His Truth. 


The enemy will tempt you to look at the facts and circumstances of your life instead of trusting “the unseen” of what God says is true. Don’t focus on your circumstances. Be sure you are standing in God’s Truth and not focused on your feelings and the emotions they evoke. Remember “we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18). 


“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38, KJV). Life flows from your belly, gut, heart, or innermost being. God’s Truth is spirit and life. It is who you are. Believing God’s Truth girds your innermost being, protecting the fountain of your life in Him.


The enemy will also try to tell you that you will never understand God’s Truth. Don’t let what you don’t know keep you from believing what you do know. Believing in the Truth you do know will, over time, help you understand the Truth you don’t know. 


You shall know God’s Truth, and His Truth shall set you free from any lies you have believed. Those lies keep you from receiving the promises of God’s Truth.  Gird yourself with the Truth you do know, and stand firm. The Word is your authority. No lie can penetrate its Truth. 


The Word is your salvation. Why is the Word the last place so many believers go to in the heat of battle? Know the Word. Believe the Word. And receive its life-giving promises. 


“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV).


God’s Truth overcomes everything that comes against it. It stands against any lie. No weapon shall prevail against it. You shall condemn anything that comes against His Truth in your life. This is your heritage. You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).


Renew your mind daily with God’s Truth. His Word will transform how you think until your thoughts are God’s thoughts. Believe His thoughts in your heart (Romans 12:2, Romans 10:10). His Truth protects you from the lies and onslaught of the enemy who tries to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). The Word is God’s abundant life working in you to bring forth what the enemy declares impossible (Ephesians 3:20). All things are possible for those who believe (Mark 9:23). 


Are you feeding on God’s Truth? You will reproduce what you feed on in your life. Whatever you feed on is going to come out of you. If you are feeding on the things that are seen in your life, you aren’t feeding on the unseen promises of God. God's Word is Truth, which abides in us and will be with us forever (2 John 2:1). Are you looking at things in your life as temporary and focusing on the eternal Truth of God's Word abiding in you? Are the things you think noble, true, pure, lovely, and worthy of good report (Philippians 4:8)? Look at the promises of God. Look at Jesus. Look at healing. Look at peace. Look at God’s provision. Look at the abundance of God. His paths drip with abundance (Psalm 65:11). At His right hand is joy evermore (Psalm 16:11). Meditate on these things. 


Gird your waist with God’s Truth! Feed on it. It becomes the joy of your heart (Jeremiah 15:16). Absorb it into your innermost being. Without God’s Truth, you have no power. You have no life.  But with it, you live in His Spirit and life (John 6:63). 


“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24).




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