When you get up in the morning, do you already know what you’re going to wear for the day or do you grab an outfit with little thought?
I usually put a lot of thought into it, especially if it’s a workday. I factor in the weather if I have a meeting, and what’s planned for later in the day. I prefer not to need two outfits to get through one day. That means extra laundry, and no one likes that!
I don’t know about you, but I’m not good with accessorizing, so I rarely wear a belt, and my pants don’t often feel as if they need extra support to stay in place. It’s also an extra expense to have a belt with each outfit.
Do you like to accessorize? What’s your favorite accessory? Do you have different belts for different occasions? Which is your favorite belt to wear?
There is an accessory that God desires us to wear daily, and it goes with every outfit- the belt of truth.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist. Ephesians 6:14
Knowing the truth of who God is and what He and His Son have done for you helps you to speak and act in the midst of your daily routine, in a way that brings honor and glory to God. It also equips us with the courage and strength of Christ, when faced with difficult circumstances, to act with love, grace, and mercy.
Years ago, when I was president of the Parent Teacher Club, I was forced to take an event away from someone who was upsetting a lot of parents and staff by her actions and behavior. The day after, this person came at me screaming, with no concern for who may be watching or listening. It took everything in me not to turn and walk away.
As she was screaming, I asked God to help me remain calm and respond in a way that honored Him. I also asked God to help her accept my response. When she paused, giving me a chance to reply, I explained to her how her behavior and actions were affecting the school event and, because of that, it was necessary for her to step down. By the end of our conversation we were making lunch plans together.
I was able to speak to her in truth and love because I was firmly fitted with God’s truth. This helped me see her and treat her as a fellow child of God. How do you put on the belt of truth? How has God’s truth helped you in a difficult situation or season?
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:10-18
Rebecca Duval is a bible study leader, conference speaker, and a ruling elder at Covenant Community Church in Vacaville, California. She represents the Presbytery of the Pacific SW on the Women’s Resource Council.
This is the first of several posts in Rebecca’s “Armour of God” series, which will be published throughout the year.