Soldiers from two armies faced each other on the battlefield. The land stretched beyond the horizon. There was an uncountable number of soldiers on both sides. They were about to dual to the death. I understood that this was a war that has been waged for many thousand of years. One army worn black armor. The other wore white clothing and armor. The black army was armored and read for battle. Their sword, arrows, spears, shields and other weapons were poised to strike. Many of the soldiers in white stood poised. They were ready to enter the battle at a moment’s notice. Yet many soldiers were not ready. They were on the battlefield but were still trying to determine which pieces were to be worn. Some simply disregarded their armor. The enemy was advancing but they were not ready for the conflict. Above them an innumerable hosts of angels flew with swords drawn. They too were waiting to join the battle.
Two years ago, while in prayer, the Lord showed me this battle scene. It illustrates the state of the ongoing war between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of darkness. The soldiers in white are the saints of God. When the Lord showed me, I could sense His sadness that this has been the case for far too long.
For too long, too many of us have lived oblivious to the war that rages around us. Some are aware of the war but do not know how to fight. Unfortunately, others are aware but they chose to depend on someone to fight on their behalf. These are the soldiers that ‘simply disregarded their armor’.
God desires that we remain vigilant and always ready for battle. He desires that we triumph over everything that comes to try us. The first step is to understand that God has already equipped us for the battle.
From the first day you were saved. The very day you confessed Him as Lord and Savior you received your armor. It is important that you understand this armor and know how to effectively use it in the war against the Kingdom of Darkness.
Please join me, as I explore every aspect of our supernatural armor in a series of articles. The aim of the articles is to empower you to walk in victory. Come! Let’s dive in!
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
Ephesians 6: 12 -18 (NKJV)
The Belt of Truth
The above text tells us that our real battle is not against other human beings. Our war is spiritual. It is against the Kingdom of Darkness ruled by Satan. Each domain of this kingdom is stated in verse 12. There are areas ruled by prince fallen angels. This area is called a principality. One such spirit was identified in Daniel 10 verse 13 as the prince of Persia. This spirit was responsible for influencing the ruler of Persia and keeping the kingdom under the influence of evil practises, such as idolatory. This evil spirit was able to stop the angel Gabriel from coming with a response to Daniel’s prayers. The second in the hierarchy are known as powers. These are strongmen. That re-enforce specific behaviors in individuals. The third level in the hierarchy of wickedness are rulers of darkness of this age. These are the ones responsible for evil that will occur at specific times in human history. They influence history and several occurrences. Lowest in the levels of the kingdom of darkness are spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
After Paul outlines the ranking of the armies, we are given a picture of a soldier putting on armor for war against this kingdom. To effectively visualize the armor, we must consider its historical context. When Paul received this revelation, soldiers wore metal pieces designed to protect various parts of the body during war. These ornaments were fashioned to fit the body and remain in place while the battle raged. Each metal piece was strategically placed to protect vital organs.
Our first piece of armor mentioned is the belt of truth. Let us examine its purpose.
14a Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,
Why are we told to stand? The act of standing is an exercise of spiritual authority. Judges would stand to deliver judgements. David said “God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods” (Psalms 82:1). Wars are raged to occupy territory. Whenever a soldier stands he is occupying territory for His commander-in-chief. That is an act of exercising delegated authority. We are commanded to do likewise for Jesus Christ.
The territory is our body, our mind, our soul, our household, persons we have spiritual charge over or a geographical region we are called to intercede for. Whatever the case, we must maintain an immovable posture. One that allows us to be vigilant against attacks.
We are then instructed to reinforce our waist with truth. Why is truth depicted as a belt worn around the waist? The waist is the mid-point of the body for most people. It centers and balances the human body. It is connected to the heart, kidneys and lung. While standing and moving it assists our skeletal structure to remain balanced. Balance in our life comes from us knowing and operating in the truth of God’s word at all times. Our talk, an expression of the breath from our lungs and the matters in our heart, must be framed by this truth.
Truth must be evident in our private and public space. We must refrain from lying, cheating, deception, manipulations or any dubious act. Be quick to confess any fault. When necessary, accept the penalty.
Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, (Colossians 3:9-10)
The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. (Proverbs 12:19)
Truth is our first line of defense against Satan. Lies is his territory. Jesus said that everything he speaks is a lie because he is the father of it (John 8:44). When we do not lie we are occupying territory for the Living God.
Truth disarms Satan of his most frequently used weapon to bring accusations against us before the Father. It may not stop his attempts but it will make us blameless, like Job.
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. person.” (Revelation 12:10-11)
Each act of untruth gives Satan a weapon to use against us. God, being just, will allow him to exact the necessary penalty. If we quickly confess and ask for forgiveness God will extend His mercy and grace. This may quickly free us from the consequences.