Monday, November 15, 2010

The Belt of Truth

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth... Ephesians 6:14 KJV

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind & be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ... 1 Peter 1:13 NKJV

"Girt & gird". These aren't the names of some dynamic Scandinavian brother & sister crime fighting duo... These words mean to prepare oneself for action.

When we see the armour of God in Ephesians 6, its easy to imagine it magically, invisibly, protecting our physical bodies. However, imagine, if you will, your mind as a body all its own. Imagine it like a newly enlisted person in the military. Perhaps your mind is troubled... it needs some structure, discipline. Maybe it enlisted as an obligation to family or personal conviction. Maybe it enlisted as a last resort. Either way, the goal is to learn submission, grow under discipline & be ready for action. Not only that, the enlisted mind must work with other enlistees to become a cohesive unit.

If we, as soldiers in this spiritual military, set our minds on the things of the spirit, we will succeed. However, if we set our minds on the things of the flesh, we will ultimately fail in our service as individuals & cohesively as a unit. Why? "...Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace." Romans 8:6 NLT

Consider:
Jesus is the same yesterday, today & forever.
He is the One Who was & is & is to come.
He is the Way, the Truth & the Life.

If the opposite of girding is to disarm, loosen, or let go & if the opposite of truth is a lie, then what might the opposite of Jesus be, based on the descriptives above? Might it be someone shifty who is constantly changing the rules? Might this someone be finite, selfish, manipulative? Salvation would be something to work for, claw for, compete for. In the end, we would find that the hope of salvation was just a cruel joke b/c we tried to save ourselves & failed. This "opposite Jesus" might be a liar, a roadblock to experiencing freedom, sowing death in us instead of life. Imagine this "opposite Jesus", this counterfeit saviour, as your own sinful nature- your civilian mind- influenced by the lies of your enemy, the devil... Influenced by the malleability of another slightly lesser known enemy, your sinful nature.

We have a Saviour Who never changes. He has always been & always will be. He alone has the words of Life & all His words are Truth. When we learn to gird up the loins of our mind with the Truth He speaks, we learn how to prepare ourselves for action. We learn how to submit to the Spirit of God. When we learn how to submit to the Spirit of God, we are lead toward life & peace individually & cohesively.

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind...

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