What is a soldier (warrior)?
If you take a look at the free dictionary online you will see that it says,
- One who is engaged in or experienced in battle.
- One who is engaged aggressively or energetically in an activity, cause, or conflict:
So a warrior is one who is experienced and one who is aggressively, energetically, active in battle or the conflict.
As children of God, contending for the truth, fighting to overcome sin, subduing Satan’s temptation by warring against the flesh and coming to the fullness of Christ in His righteousness that we are to partake in as He has left us an example. 1 Peter 2:21. How do we do this? Do we go into battle with nothing? With no armor? Or do we engage fully armored from head to toe? What are we suppose to do? What does the Word of God have to say about all this?
Ephesians 6:11-12 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Brother’s and Sister’s we are to put on the whole armour of God so that we can stand against Satan because as children of God we are warring against not flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places.
What is this armor that we are to put on?
Ephesians 6:13-19 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.”
- have our loins girt about with truth
- put on the breastplate of righteousness
- your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace
- Above all, taking the shield of faith
- take the helmet of salvation
- have the sword of the Spirit
- watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints
Why are we having to have our loins girt with the truth? What is the significance of the loins? What does the girting of the loins mean?
I personally am not too familiar with this term but it caught my interest when I found out what the loins are all about. What part of the body is consists of the loins? According to dictionary.com, the loins are the parts of the body between the hips and the lower ribs, especially regarded as the seat of physical strength and generative power. This are the parts of the body that give us support when we sit down and stand up, move around and such. If our loins are destroyed then our mobility is going to be impaired. When we say girting the loins it means putting on a belt on the hips. This belt is one of the pieces of armor that a warrior uses. This is where he hangs his sword when he is not using it.
In our spiritual health, our loins must be girded with the truth. The truth is our shield against the enemy. This truth is the Word of God
John 17:17 “…thy Word is truth.”
We are to have our loins girt with the truth because the world is full of many false prophets which are now deceiving the world. Satan has come down to this world with great wrath against the children of God, against those seeking citizenship in the New Jerusalem, against those who are thirsting for righteousness, against those who are hungering for the bread of life and against those who are striving for the tree of life which we can all partake in if we do the will of GOD by obeying His law as doers and keeping the faith of Jesus. Study the Word of GOD and girt yourself with all His truth in all the knowledge that has been given to us to prepare us for battle that we are in and facing in the soon pending conflict. This is having our loins girt about with truth. If we fail to do this, we will not obtain strength and power that we needed in order to win this battle.
How about covering yourself with the breastplate of righteousness? What is the function of a breastplate as an armor that a soldier uses? What is righteousness?
A breastplate is the main part of a soldier’s armor. This protects the warrior’s torso where you can find the heart, lungs, and other vital organs. If a warrior has no breastplate then he is asking for trouble. Any dart could hit his heart and he is dead.
What about righteousness?
Philippians 1:9-11 “This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
Righteousness is bearing the fruit of Christ, being filled with the fruits of God, doing the things of the Spirit. What are the fruits of Christ or the Spirit that will work righteousness in us?
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
So why did God associate breastplate with righteousness? Because…
The breastplate of the righteousness of God delivers us from death, Proverbs 11:4 “…righteousness delivers from death.”
God is watching you with such loving tender care and sympathy, ready to hear your prayers. He is ready to render you all the help which you will need in your life work. Remember, Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, faith, and charity are the fruits of the Christian character. The precious graces are the fruits of Spirit. It is the Christian crown and shield.
This is clearly putting on the breastplate of Righteousness. 1 John 4:16 Righteousness is holiness, likeness to God, and God is love. It is conformity to the law of God, for “all thy commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172), and “love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10). Obedience leads to righteousness (“Romans 6:16) and Deuteronomy 6:25 “And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.”
We can receive righteousness by receiving Him. We all know that God is love and if we are of God we will do the Fathers will and His commandments that work the fruits of love/righteousness. This is who Christ is. This is His character that is found in the law which should be found in us if we are putting on the armor of God and fulfilling the law. It is a joy to do good, it is a joy to love others by not committing adultery against your husband or wife, it is good to not lie by bear false witness against your neighbor, it is good not to covet your neighbors belongings, kill, steal or dishonor your parents, nor is it good to worship other gods, make graven images, bow before them and breaking the seventh day Sabbath. Breaking the law of God is not putting on the breastplate of Righteousness, but it is putting away the breastplate of righteousness and putting on the armor of Satan which worketh sin, hell and death. Putting on the breastplate of Righteousness is keeping the law of God. This is putting on the breastplate of righteousness and remember if we do this, we are delivered from death.
One more thing, God put on the breastplate of righteousness. We can read in Isaiah 59:17 “For he put on righteousness as a breastplate,..” He is our example that we may follow Him.
How about putting on your feet the preparation of the gospel of peace? What is the preparation of the gospel of peace? What is the importance of putting on something on our feet?
If you are going to engage in a battle and you have all other armor except for a footwear then something is missing here. How can you endure the heat of the dessert if the battle is in the dessert? What if the ground is stony? How can you run comfortably? Therefore a footwear is needed for the warrior of God. This footwear is going to help us run freely, safely and confidently while putting our focus towards the battle that’s going on. So what is this footwear that we need? It is the gospel of peace.
What is the gospel?
Mark 1:1 “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;”
Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached…”
Acts 20:24 ‘…the gospel of the grace of God.”
So this is what the gospel is about. It’s about Jesus Christ, His kingdom, His grace. This is what we have to put on.
Putting on the gospel (the Good News) is receiving it, walking in it, reflecting it and preaching it to your neighbors. Put on the gospel of peace because if you don’t how are going to preach the truth. Your feet are to be clothed with the preparation of the gospel of peace, which will prepare you to walk from place to place, house to house, carrying the truth to all the people around. There will be times when you will find that difficulties will arise and you may seem to think that you can’t do this work, or working for the Lord in His vineyard, but if you press forward in faith, our Lord will go before you, and His light will be a Lamp to your feet which will guide your path. As you enter into many different places and present the truth to the lost you must know that you are not alone, heaven is with you. The angels are accompanying you. You will also have the precious gift of the Holy Spirit guiding you and influencing you. Be of great cheer with these companions. It may be very difficult to know or see that they are around, but by faith we can know that they are with each and everyone of us that are working for the Lord and doing His will to the best of our ability.
So again, an important thing to remember here is that the preparation of the gospel of peace is how we are to be prepared to walk from place to place carrying the truth of the Lord, the WORD OF GOD in it’s fulness and to do it with the best of our ability. We have to prepare to do this because the enemy is seeking you out like a lion ready to devour you. Don’t be afraid though. Fight! If you go in truth and in Spirit, putting on the whole armour of God, securing yourself by putting on the gospel of peace, present the truth as it is and reaching people where they are, you will have the shining of heavenly light before your feet as a pathway set before you to enter in the homes of the world, teaching them to observe all things. The enemy will not be able to stand against you because you came as a warrior fully armed with the presence of GOD, the Good news of truth that is found in the Word of GOD that will lead us to home through our Lord and Saviour. Heavenly Angels will meet you in this battle to help you as they did with Joshua when they took Jericho.
If you take a look in the book of Joshua Chapter 5:13-15 you will see how he went forth to destroy Jericho and there appeared before him a warrior fully equipped for the battle as we are all to be. And what did Joshua ask this valiant warrior that was well equipped for battle, verse 13 of the 5th chapter says, “[Art] thou for us, or for our adversaries?” And this great warrior answered in verse 14 of Joshua chapter 5, “As Captain of the host of the Lord am I now come.” This warrior was the captain of the host of the Lord. The heavenly trained angels of the Lord came to help the children of God take Jericho by storm. Jericho was destroyed and if Joshua’s eyes would have been open in faith, he would have seen the angels of the Lord camped around Israel for there help and protection. Jericho fell and not one human hand did touch the walls of the city. It was the angels of the Lord who did it, though the children of God had their part to act in putting their faith in God and the Captain of the Lord’s Host that came fully equipped for battle.
So it was with us all. We do not fight in this battle alone. We go to places fully equipped with the armor of God/the gospel of peace. We go in faith to help the lost, to beat back the enemy from clouding the lies around the human race. We need to understand that we have an army of heavenly angels at our side that are sent by our commander and chief in Heaven to help us defeat the enemy. Just as they defeated Jericho, you can defeat the enemy. The angels of the Lord will stand the test with us in our battles if we allow them to and we will go forth conquering, fully armed with faith and the gospel of peace. This is putting on your feet the preparation of the gospel of peace that goes forth bringing the light to the lost world with the Word of God.
To Be Continued…