The 4th Daily Prayer – Putting on the Full Armor of God ~ blog
2000 years ago, when Paul uses the idea of his readers putting on the full armor of God his readers know exactly what he meant. Rome had conquered and ruled that area of the world and people could see a Roman Soldier almost any day, especially in the more populated areas like cities.
I think there is a fair amount of confusion about this warning Paul means about this passage and even more do not know how to do this in today’s world. Obviously, we are not being told to go out and find a Roman soldiers costume and wear it around all day. Every one of the 6 pieces of armor is connected with another word and the piece of armor is a metaphor to describe what that piece of armor is and what it does. So, let’s dive into the passage and understand how we are to do this critical idea which is demanded by the siege in which we find ourselves today. First the passage – Ephesians 6:13-17;
“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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
First, we need to understand this idea of standing firm. Paul says it 3 times in 4 verses. It is the idea that a battle is coming your way and you need to dig in and stand against this enemy of demonic nature. We are told to flee youthful lusts but in this battle with demonic forces, we must show strength by holding our ground against this enemy. James says this as in 4:7;
“Submit yourselves, then, to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Having said the idea of standing firm 3 times in 4 verses we need to not only understand that we are in a battle, but we must have the mindset that we are not going to fail. Because we have the Spirit of God in us and all the weapons, we need we are going to stand strong in the strength of His might by using these weapons against the enemy who wants to destroy us.
The first part of our armor is called the belt of truth. Remember Paul is trying to make a point that we need to be wearing a physical belt with the word “truth” on it. Truth is the point and how exactly does one put on the belt of truth since this belt was central to the Roman soldier’s equipment.
I am wearing the belt of truth if I am seeking to learn the truth and most importantly, I am always telling the truth. Part of what has entangled us in this addictive behavior is that we are liars. We lie to ourselves thinking we can solve this problem on our own. We lie to our spouse or our friends and family members about this secret sin in our life because we do not want them to know the truth of what we are doing.
Once a lie has formed in your life it multiplies and we begin to lie even more to ourselves and to others. Truth is central to the recovery of any Christian from any addiction. Jesus told us that we will know the truth and the truth will set us free. But it sure doesn’t feel that way when we have become addicted to porn and sexual sin.
We believe that the truth will ruin everything, and we must keep it hidden, yet all the while secret sin is already destroying everything in our relationships. So, instead of telling the truth because we fear it might ruin everything we remain in the darkness, lying to others and ourselves, creating a false exterior of who we are. This is a death sentence to your relationships because nobody knows the real you.
I reasoned for years that I could stop my sexual sin and could move on without telling the truth, even though I knew that would not work I kept lying to myself. I allowed myself to believe that not hurting my wife and family was better than telling them the truth. Things only got worse as my sin kept going deeper. The darker my sins became the less I felt I could tell the truth. Until by the grace of God, He caused it to be exposed and the truth was revealed.
I know you will rationalize and minimize your sins and use the idea that telling the truth will hurt too many…too much. Eventually, your sins will find you out because you will reap what you are sowing. Taking the initiative, to tell the truth, and getting the help you need is the only way to be wearing the belt of truth. Your true recovery and the ability to stand strong against our enemy will only happen after the truth is told.
Is it a risk that could end your marriage? Yes, that could happen. However, what is more likely is there will be a lot of anger and tears, but you will begin to be able to keep telling the truth and experience God guiding you and your spouse walk through a recovery process like we offer here at 180.
In 180 we have small groups of men who meet weekly to learn about recovery, be held accountable by brothers with no condemnation, and receive support every day from the team. These men are finding that if they can be honest and ask someone for help when they are being tempted, they are able to tell the truth to a brother and will receive the help they need to not give in to temptation and stand strong together.
I know this idea of being on an Online Support Team scares you, but it truly is amazing how these teams of men are helping one another and finding more freedom than they have ever had. Just sit in as my guest one time and you will see the way to stand strong as a team.
Then, when the time comes to disclose this to your spouse or friends you can show them that you are seeking the help you need and help them see you are serious about recovery and not just making more empty promises.