I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings."
George Muller 1805-1898
George Muller, a Christian evangelist and Director of the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England, cared for 10,024 orphans in his life. He was well known for providing an education to the children under his care, to the point where he was accused of raising the poor above their natural station in life. He also established 117 schools which offered Christian education to over 120,000 children, many of them being orphans.
What a great man of God, a man who lived his Christianity by letting the world see Jesus in his life. Boy, did he ever. I remember studying about this great man of God when I was in Bible college who was an evangelist and lived in England as did Smith Wigglesworth of which I did a quote from him on last weeks teaching on the armour of God.
Great men of God like these stir me and inspire me to want to do all that the Lord has for Nita and I to bless other people and draw them into the kingdom of God. Hopefully they will do the same for you.
In reading his quote at the top of this page, look how strong faith came to him, he endured great trials, and it has not changed a bit. If you are to have strong faith you will have to endure great trials and standing firm in the midst of severe testings.
Great men and women of God have great faith because they have endured great trials and did not waiver under severe testings. Amen?
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So let’s continue with the teaching on the armour of God. Are you ready?
To get the teaching on the first part of this verse, STAND THEREFORE, please look at last weeks teaching.
So I will start with the very first piece of GOD’S SUPERNATURAL SPIRITUAL ARMOUR, that’s what it is you know. That is an exact description of what the armour of God is.
Satan and demons are spirits and live in the spirit world and you cannot defeat them other than through these articles of supernatural spiritual armour. The Lord gave this armour of God to you and I when we became born again so we can defeat demonic beings.
Ephesians 6:14 “…having your loins girt about with truth…”
I know that the King James Version of the Bible has some words that are like Elizabethian English and you may need another translation to help you, that’s why I recommend the NLT (New Living Translation), I have used it for some time and it seems to be a very good translation. I use it as a back up for the King James Version of the Bible that I use.
Having your loins girt about with truth the NLT says “putting on the belt of truth.”
Believe me it is no mere coincidence that the first piece of armour is the belt of truth.
You know the importance that the Bible puts upon a foundation see 1 Corinthians 3:11. You must have a foundation of truth in your life. That can only be attained through our Lord and His Word.
When Jesus was about to crucified and then rise from the dead on the 3rd day He made a promise to His disciples which includes all humanity today as we come to Him for salvation.
Concerning truth Jesus said: ”Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient (necessary) for you that I go away; for it I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth; for He shall not speak of Himself but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He shall shew you things to come.” John 16:7, 13
When Jesus left the face of the earth to go be with the Father, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit which could be everywhere at once, unlike Jesus at that time as He was 100% God but also 100% man and was not able to be omnipresent at that time. So that’s why Jesus said it was expedient (necessary and advantageous) that He go away so Jesus could send the Comforter, the Precious Holy Spirit.
The Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit then came unto man in the Upper Room in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) AND STARTED GUIDING MEN INTO ALL TRUTH. No wonder the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter. Have you noticed as a Christian that when you hear the truth it brings peace inside your spirit??? I know that witness, I have experienced it many, many times over my life and it is priceless.
“And ye shall know the TRUTH, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32.
Jesus said: “Sanctify them through thy TRUTH; thy Word is truth.” John 17:17
Jesus said: “I am the way, the TRUTH and the life; no cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
So when the Apostle Paul said to have your BELT OF TRUTH around you and this is the first piece of the armour of God that is mentioned you can see the importance of that TRUTH. Without TRUTH our lives would be shipwrecked, and we see that every day.
I am sure you have noticed how much harder it is all the time to hear people that are truthful. We can say that about our government and politicians. Frankly we do not really know what is going on in our government. We seldom know if what we hear is the truth even if someone is reporting regarding our government.
It’s hard to even find an honest auto mechanic that will tell you the truth. Then even when something is “repaired” sometimes we don’t even know if they did that. Or if they changed the oil or did an honest maintenance check on your car.
Investment counselors is another area that can be hard to find the truth, they usually have a commission system based on what they sell, so you can see the potential problem there.
Don’t get me wrong there are good honest people in every area of life but what I want to point out is that it is getting more and more difficult to find an honest person, to find the truth.
This dishonesty has even come into the church and some ministers of the Gospel are not preaching the Gospel so in some cases you are not hearing the truth. That’s why you need to know your Bible and find a church that is preaching the truth, all of it. The churches that preach the full gospel are becoming harder to find also. Many churches don’t have altar calls anymore even the ones that should know better. Then others don’t even believe in the new birth or they believe that there is another way to get to heaven other than through Jesus Christ. WHAT A DESPICABLE MESS.
So where do you go for the truth:
1. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth about any subject. John 16:7,13
2. Check out things with the Word of God, that Bible that hopefully you have in your lap. John 17:17
So how do you have and keep that BELT OF TRUTH STRAPPED ABOUT YOUR LOINS? (BY ASKING THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH ABOUT ANYTHING YOU ARE FACING AND ALSO LOOKING UP EVERYTHING IN YOUR BIBLE, THY WORD IS TRUTH).
It is not complicated, go to the Precious Holy Spirit and talk to Him about what the truth is, He said He will guide you into all truth and show you things to come.
Then also get your Bible out, it is the final truth and authority on the face of this earth.
When you use the Holy Spirit and the Word you have the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, amen?
I encourage you to put on the first piece of your spiritual armour, the belt of truth and start walking in victory in your life. Be set free by the TRUTH, it’s spiritually refreshing.
“And ye shall know the TRUTH, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32.
Nita and I have been called to an evangelistic/teaching ministry. Some of the areas that we teach on is The Precious Holy Spirit, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, His gifts and how to walk in the supernatural, how to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth, Bible prophecy, the privilege and blessing of giving tithes and offerings to the Lord and most important of all leading people to the Lord Jesus Christ.
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