Thursday, February 18, 2016

My Take From 'The Armor of God' - Week 2

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I recently started a women's Small Group study on The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. The book is based upon Ephesians 6:10-18 and explains how to best defeat the spiritual enemies of the world. Priscilla, most recently best known for her lead role in The War Room, does a fantastic job of explaining how to best prepare ourselves to take our stand against the devil.

The Armor of God is a 7-week study, both with the book and videos. I'm going to post each week a summary of what I've learned. I'm not going to go word for word on what's in the book or videos but rather reveal what I've learned and taken from them.
Week Two focused on The Belt of Truth.

Truth is your core support, and is God's only opinion on any matter.  The Bible is the unchanging standard to which we should apply our life.

Let's face it; There are times when we tend to bend the truth to render it valid for our lives.  For instance, we may claim that a white lie is nothing near telling a whopper.  It's okay to lust, as long as we don't actually cheat.  If our friends do something wrong, it's no big deal and we will defend.  If it's someone we don't know, we pass judgment.  In all honesty a sin is a sin is a sin.  The enemy's overarching device is deception and he will do what he can to ensure we don't hold clear views on right living and God-honoring choices.  

My mom suffers from osteoporosis, causing her core to be weak and make her shoulders sag.  She's still beautiful in my eyes, but her physical posture gives me a visual picture of a weak spiritual core.  When your core isn't supported, it's unstable to supply the level of strength you need for other body movements.  That's where it's important to trust and believe in the word of God as truth; It strengthens your spiritual core.  God's truth should be a banner that flies high on the flagpole of your life.

I'll be the first to admit I need to adjust my life in this area.  I'm a hypocrite and I'm a sinner.  I'm no better than you.  Although I may have the feeling to rebel, I need to live my life in accordance with truth.