PUTTING ON THE WHOLE AMOR OF GOD!
MOST CHRISTIANS KNOW VERY WELL THAT CHRISTIAN LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH, AND AS WE SAY “A WALK IN THE PARK” ON A WARM SUNNY DAY.
CERTAINLY THE NEW TESTAMENT MAKES IT VERY CLEAR THERE IS A SPIRITUAL ENEMY [WHO HAS UNTOLD HELPERS] WHO IS CALLED SATAN THE DEVIL, AND HIS HELPERS CALLED DEMONS.
THE APOSTLE PETER TELLS US THIS DEVIL IS WALKING ABOUT SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR, AND WE ARE TO RESIST STEADFASTLY IN THE FAITH [1 PETER 5: 8-9].
DOES GOD GIVE US THE IMPLEMENTS IN THIS SPIRITUAL WAR, TO WIN AGAINST SUCH A POWERFUL ENEMY?
YES INDEED SO!
OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN HAS REVEALED THROUGH THE APOSTLE PAUL, WHAT ARMOR AND WEAPONS WE NEED TO FIGHT THIS FOE, AND KEEP HIM AT BAY, TO WIN THIS BATTLE AGAINST HIM.
“FINALLY MY BRETHREN, BE STORNG IN THE LORD, AND IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT. PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD, THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO STAND AGAINST THE WILES OF THE DEVIL.
FOR WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD BUT AGAINST …. RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS [WICKED SPIRITS— MARGIN] IN HEAVENLY PLACES [PRINCE OF THE AIR - CHAP. 2:2].
WHEREFORE TAKE UNTO YOU THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD, THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND IN THE EVIL DAY, AND HAVING DONE ALL TO STAND” [EPHESIANS 6: 10-13].
PAUL THEN GOES ON TO TELL US WHAT ARMOR AND WEAPONS TO PUT ON.
“STAND THEREFORE, HAVING YOUR LOINS GIRT ABOUT WITH TRUTH!” [VERSE 14].
OUR LOINS CONTAIN IMPORTANT PARTS OF OUR BODY—— KIDNEYS, SPLEAN, LIVER, BOWELS, BLADDER—— WELL EVERYTHING FROM THE HEART DOWN TO OUR HIPS. THINGS IF NOT FUNCTIONING CORRECTLY WILL KILL US EITHER SLOWLY OR REASONABLY FAST.
THIS PART OF OUR BODY PAUL SAID NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED BY TRUTH!
AS PILATE SAID TO JESUS—— “WHAT IS TRUTH?”
JESUS SUCCINCTLY SAID, “THY [GOD THE FATHER] WORD IS TRUTH” [JOHN 17:17].
SO THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE, FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION IS TRUTH!
AS PAUL WAS INSPIRED TO SAY, “ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, AND IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, FOR REPROOF, FOR CORRECTION, FOR INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS” [2 TIMOTHY 3:16].
THE WORD “TRUTH” APPEARS ABOUT 230 TIMES IN THE KJV BIBLE!
SO THE STUDY OF THIS VERY IMPORTANT WORD IS NOT SMALL— LET’S TAKE TIME AND STUDY IT!
TRUTH— IMPORTANT VERSES FROM THE KJV BIBLE
Ex. 34:6. And the Lord passed by before him and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.
Deut. 32:4. All his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Psa. 31:5. Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
Psa. 33:4. For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.
Psa. 40:10. I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
Psa. 51:6. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts.
Psa. 57:3 God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. 10. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
Psa. 85:10. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Psa. 86:15. But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
Psa. 89:14. Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
Psa. 96:13. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
Psa. 98:3. He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel.
Psa. 100:5. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psa. 108:4. For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
Prov. 12:19. The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Prov. 16:13. Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
Isa. 25:1. O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
Isa, 59:14. Truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. 15. Yea, truth faileth.
Isa. 65:16. That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth.
Jer. 5:3. O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth.
Dan. 4:37. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment.
Dan. 10:21. But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth.
Mic. 750. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.
John 1:14. And the Word was made flesh, and welt among us, (and we beheld bis glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 8:31. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him. If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 14:6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: 17. The Spirit of truth.
John 16:13. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.
John 17:17. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth, 19. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
John 18:37. Pilate therefore said unto him. Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. 38. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?
Rom. 25. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
TRUTH IS A PART OF GOD JUST AS HOLINESS IS. GOD IS TRUTH; HIS WORD IS TRUTH.
ALL THAT WILL BE A CHILD OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER, MUST LOVE AND DESIRE AND SEARCH FOR TRUTH; THEY MUST SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES FOR TRUTH; THEY MUST FIND ALL THE VERSES ON ANY SUBJECT IN THE BIBLE AND SO WILL FIND THE TRUTH.
JESUS SAID WHEN THE SPIRIT CAME [ON THAT PENTECOST DAY OF ACTS 2]; IT WOULD GUIDE HIS FOLLOWERS INTO ALL TRUTH.
WE DO NOT FIND ALL THE TRUTHS OF GOD AT ONE TIME; WE MUST ALWAYS LET THE SPIRIT GUIDE US INTO ALL TRUTH, AS GOD THE FATHER DIRECTS.
TRUTH IS A WEAPON OF PROTECTION FROM THE LIES, THE DECEITS, THE ERRORS, THE FALSE TEACHINGS OF SATAN THE DEVIL.
TRUTH INDEED DOES SET US FREE!
THE TRUTH OF GOD:
IS ONE OF HIS ATTRIBUTES—DEUT. 32:4; ISA. 65:16;
HE KEEPS FOREVER—PSA. 146:6
IS ABUNDANT—EX. 34:6
IS INVIOLABLE—NUM. 23:19; TIT. 1:2
IS ENDURING TO ALL GENERATIONS—PSA. 100:5
EXHIBITED IN HIS WAYS—REV. 15:3
WORKS—PSA. 33:4; 111:7; DAN. 4:37
JUDICIAL STATUTES—PSA. 19:9
WORD—PSA. 119:160; JOHN 17:17
FULFILLMENT OF HIS PROMISES IN CHRIST—2 COR.1:20
FULFILLMENT OF HIS COVENANT—MIC. 7:20
DEALINGS WITH SAINTS—PSA. 57:3
PUNISHMENT OF THE WICKED—REV. 16:7
IS A SHIELD AND BUCKLER TO SAINTS—PSA. 91:4
WE SHOULD CONFIDE IN—PSA. 31:5; TIT. 1:2
PLEAD IN PRAYER—PSA. 89:49
PRAY FOR ITS MANIFESTATION TO OURSELVES—2 CHR. 6:17
PRAY FOR ITS EXHIBITION TO OTHERS—2 SAM. 2:6
MAKE KNOWN TO OTHERS—ISA. 38:19
MAGNIFY—PSA. 71:22; 138:2
IS DENIED BY THE DEVIL—GEN. 3:4,5
DENIED BY THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS—1 JOHN 1:10
DENIED BY UNBELIEVERS—1 JOHN 5:10
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS IN TRUTH—EPH. 5:9
MINISTERS SHOULD SPEAK IN TRUTH—2 COR. 12:6; GAL. 4:16;
THEY SHOULD TEACH IN TRUTH—1 TIM. 2:7
THEY SHOULD APPROVE THEMSELVES BY TRUTH—2 COR. 6:7,8
MAGISTRATES SHOULD BE MEN OF TRUTH—EX. 18:21
KINGS ARE PRESERVED BY TRUTH—PROV. 20:28
THEY WHO SPEAK TRUTH SHOW FORTH RIGHTEOUSNESS—PROV. 12:17
THEY ARE THE DELIGHT OF GOD—PROV. 12:22
SAINTS SHOULD WORSHIP GOD IN TRUTH—JOHN 4:24 WITH PSA. 145:18
SAINTS SHOULD SERVE GOD IN TRUTH—1 SAM. 12:24
THEY SHOULD WALK IN TRUTH—1 KINGS 2:4; 2 KINGS 20:3
KEEP RELIGIOUS FEASTS WITH TRUTH—1 COR. 5:8
ESTEEM AS INESTIMABLE—PROV. 13:6
SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER IN TRUTH—ZECH8:16; EPH. 4:25
EXECUTE JUDGMENT WITH TRUTH—ZECH. 8:16
MEDITATE UPON—PHIL. 4:8
BIND ABOUT THE NECK—PROV. 3:3
WRITE UPON THE TABLES OF THE HEART—PROV. 3:3
THE WICKED DESTITUTE OF TRUTH—HOS. 4:1
THEY SPEAK NOT THE TRUTH—JER. 9:5
THEY UPHOLD NOT TRUTH—ISA. 59:14,15
THEY PLEAD NOT FOR TRUTH—ISA. 59:4
THEY ARE NOT VALIANT FOR TRUTH—0JER. 9:3
THEY ARE PUNISHED FOR WANT OF TRUTH—JER. 9:5,9; HOS. 4:1,3
TRUTH IS ACCORDING TO GODLINESS—TIT. 1:1
IS SANCTIFYING—0JOHN 17:17,19
IS PURIFYING—1 PETER 1:22
IS PART OF THE CHRISTIAN ARMOR—EPH. 6:14
REVEALED ABUNDANTLY TO SAINTS—JER. 33:6
ABIDES CONTINUALLY WITH THE SAINTS—2 JOHN 2
SHOULD BE ACKNOWLEDGED---2 THES. 2:12,13; 1 TIM. 4:3
SHOULD BE OBYED—ROM. 2:8; GAL. 3:1
SHOULD BE LOVED—2 THES. 2:10
SHOULD BE MANIFESTED—2 COR. 4:2
SHOULD BE RIGHTLY DIVIDED—2 TIM. 2:15
THE WICKED TURN AWAY FROM TRUTH—2 TIM. 4:4
THE WICKED RESIST—2 TIM. 3:8
THE WICKED ARE DESTITUTE OF TRUTH—1 TIM. 6:5
THE DEVIL IS DEVOID OF TRUTH—JOHN 8:44
THE CHURCH IS THE PILLAR AND GROUND OF TRUTH—1 TIM. 3:15
DO YOU SEE HOW MUCH THE BIBLE GIVES ON THE DOCTRINE OF TRUTH?
AND IN PASSING THE BIBLE DEFINITION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS GIVEN TO US IN PSA. 119:172. THE BIBLE DEFINITION OF WICKED IS GIVEN TO US IN PSA. 119:53.
MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH “TRUTH”
I GREW UP IN A CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL [FIRST HALF HOUR OF THE DAY WAS IN THE BIBLE]; AND A LOCAL CHURCH WHERE I ATTENDED SUNDAY SCHOOL FAITHFULLY ALL MY LIFE FROM AGE 7 TO 18; LEAVING FOR CANADA WHEN I WAS 18.
I WAS LISTENING TO ANY AND ALL RELIGIOUS RADIO BROADCASTS AFTER COMING TO CANADA; THEY WERE MAINLY AT THAT TIME DURING 1961/62 IN THE EVENING TIME.
I SENT FOR A MAGAZINE FROM ONE OF THESE CHURCH BROADCASTS.
THE VERY FIRST ARTICLE I OPENED UP TO WAS ENTITLED “WILL YOU GET TO HEAVEN?”
I SCAN READ IT; I WAS DISGUSTED THAT THE WRITER WAS TELLING ME I DO NOT GO TO HEAVEN AT DEATH; NOR WAS HEAVEN WHERE GOD IS NOW, PROMISED AS OUR ETERNAL ABODE.
I WAS ANGRY, THREW IT DOWN; GOT MY COWBOY HAT AND WENT OFF TO THE RANCH I WORKED AT IN MY SPARE TIME.
I HAD NO CAR, I WAS SITTING ON THE BUS, STILL ANGRY ABOUT WHAT I HAD READ; I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, “I MEAN EVERYONE KNOWS IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN YOU GO TO HEAVEN AT DEATH.”
A STILL SMALL VOICE CAME TO ME SAYING, “YOU ONLY SKIMMED THAT ARTICLE; YOU DID NOT SIT DOWN AND LOOK AT THE SCRIPTURES PRESENTED; WHAT IF IT IS CORRECT? YOU WILL HAVE THROW TRUTH OUT THE WINDOW AND BACK IN THE FACE OF GOD.”
I HAD DEVELOPED ENOUGH LOVE AND RESPECT OVER MY YEARS FROM 7 TO 18, TO REALIZE I WAS BEING CHALLENGED TO SHOW IF I HAD A LOVE FOR TRUTH.
I SAID TO MYSELF….. WOW I REMEMBER ALL THIS LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY…. I WILL COME HOME TONIGHT AND SIT DOWN AND OPEN MY BIBLE TO ALL SCRIPTURES GIVEN IN THIS ARTICLE.
AND THAT WAS EXACTLY WHAT I DID!
I SPENT A NUMBER OF HOURS GOING THROUGH WHAT WAS GIVEN TO ME IN THAT ARTICLE.
IT WAS LIKE A HUGE DOOR HAD OPENED AND POURING IN WAS ALL THIS LIGHT OF TRUTH—— AFTER SEEING THIS LIGHT OF TRUTH, I JUMPED UP AND CRIED OUT “PRAISE TO GOD; O THANK YOU LORD FOR A TRUTH I NEVER HAD.”
I DISCOVERED VERSES I’D NEVER SEEN BEFORE; I HAD NEVER SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURES TO FIND ALL VERSES ON THIS TOPIC OF THE BIBLE.
GOD HAD GIVEN ME A NUMBER OF TRUTHS OVER THOSE YEARS FROM 7 TO 18, IN READING THE BIBLE, BUT I HAD JUST FALLEN IN LINE WITH CHRISTIANITY I COULD SEE ALL AROUND ME, NEVER QUESTIONING CERTAIN TEACHINGS AND CUSTOMS AND PRACTICES.
NOW GOD WAS WANTING TO SHOW ME MORE TRUTHS OF HIS WORD.
I HAD PASSED THE TEST, TO LOVE TRUTH, TO WANT IT, TO BE WILLING TO BE CORRECTED, WILLING TO BE GUIDED INTO MORE TRUTH——
AND WOW WAS THAT A START TO REALLY OPENING MY EYES AND MIND, TO MORE AND MORE AND MORE WONDERFUL TRUTHS OF THE ETERNAL FATHER IN HEAVEN.
TO WITHSTAND THE POISONED DARTS OF THE WICKED ONE, YOU MUST HAVE YOUR LOINS GIRT ABOUT WITH TRUTH!
YOU MUST AS PAUL SAID, STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED OF GOD, A WORKMAN THAT NEEDS NOT BE ASHAMED, CORRECTLY DIVIDING [PUTTING TOGETHER LIKE A JIG-SAW PUZZLE] THE WORD OF GOD.
LOVING THE TRUTH, CRYING OUT FOR IT; SETTING YOUR MIND TO FIND THE TRUTHS OF SCRIPTURE….. AH THAT IS THE MIND-SET GOD IS LOOKING FOR, AND THEN HE WILL START TO GIVE HIS TRUTHS TO YOU—— ONE AT A TIME, MAYBE MORE THAN ONE AT A TIME. HE WILL GIVE THEM TO YOU AS YOU CAN HANDLE THEM.
TRUTH IS ONE OF THE WEAPONS WE MUST HAVE TO WITHSTAND THE DEVILS LIES AND DECEPTIONS; TO WIN THE CHRISTIAN FIGHT AGAINST THE WICKED SPIRITS OUT TO KILL US.
WITH TRUTH WRAPPED AROUND OUR LOINS, WE PROTECT ONE PART OF OUR BODY FROM THE DEADLY ARROWS SATAN THROWS AT US.