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      The battle cry has sounded. The charge has been commanded. The soldiers are ready – at least, they better be. By the time the fight has begun, it is too late to try to get ready for a battle. If a soldier isn’t equipped with armor and weapons, he’s ill-prepared to fight.

     I wonder if Paul had this thought in mind when he penned Ephesians 6 instructing Christians to get ready. As we have considered in previous months, the enemy is ready, powerful, and coming. If we don’t get ready before the battle, we leave ourselves vulnerable and weak.

      Paul gives us the example of methodically dressing as a soldier with each piece of armor, and he starts out as a Roman soldier would. A soldier of Rome would first put on his belt, and Paul writes, “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth” (Ephesians 6:14). I believe we can draw some practical application from understanding how this part of the armor worked for a soldier. Let’s look at what a belt did.

      The belt had two functions. The first was to bind up the soldier’s tunic. This was loose fitting garment. The belt held it tight so the soldier could move unencumbered. In a spiritual sense, we too should be ready to fight unencumbered. We should prepare our hearts daily and ready ourselves for battle by seeking the truth of God’s word. We should hide God’s word in our hearts as the Psalmist says in Psalm 119:9, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”  The truth of God’s word will prepare us, stabilize us, and equip us for the battle.

     The second function was to give the soldier a place to attach implements for battle. He could hang a sword, a knife, and bag to hold personal items. They would be readily accessible when he needed them. Paul specifically calls this armor the “belt of truth.” Truth is foundational to the Christian life. Everything we need as spiritual soldiers comes from truth – all our weapons in spiritual warfare hang on the belt of truth. When the attacks come, truth is always the starting point for battle. Isn’t it wonderful to know when we fight our spiritual battles that our weapons are grounded in the truth of God? Our victory is assured as long as we stay in the truth.

     So, Christian, as we come to the end of a year and consider the start of a new one, stand firm and gird your loins with truth. Seek after truth. Let it sanctify you and prepare you (John 17:17). Be ready and don’t depart from it. The fight is here!


Hal S. Pope

​IFM Executive Director

“...he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”  2 Corinthians 9:6


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