Words from the Heart for Thursday July 30th, 2020
Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.
Ephesians 6:14 (NLT)
A Belt and Robe
The bilingual belt is a term for the portion of Canada where both French and English are regularly spoken. The term was coined by Richard Joy in his 1967 book Languages in Conflict, where he wrote, “The language boundaries in Canada are hardening, with the consequent elimination of minorities everywhere except within a relatively narrow bilingual belt.” This ‘Bilingual Belt’ includes Northern Ontario, the Ottawa Valley, Montreal, the Eastern Townships of Quebec and the northern counties of New Brunswick.
In Ephesians 6 Paul uses the armour and weaponry of a Roman soldier to teach about all that the Lord provides for His people to stand strong in the spiritual war which we fight day by day. In Ephesians 6:14 he writes this: “Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.” Paul teaches that our enemy is in the unseen world. In order to fight victoriously against the forces, we will need to take up the truth of God’s Word, and cloak ourselves in the righteousness that is ours in Christ. Known as the balteus, the belt was a mark of a soldier. Roman soldiers wore it at all times, even off duty. God’s truth must always guide our lives in all things. Every decision we make is based on the truth God has revealed in His Word. The body armour, or breastplate, of righteousness protected a soldier’s heart from injury. As we cloth ourselves in Christ’s righteousness we will be able to stand against the strongest weapon that the Enemy has – temptation. Our hope, and the hope of Glory, is Christ in you. His presence in your life is your hope for victory as well.
These have been words from the heart.