Monday, September 21, 2015

Armor of God – Week Two – The Belt of Truth

Video #2 taught me this:

·         My enemy wants me to lean on my own understanding

·         My enemy wants me to trust my feelings

·         The devil disguises himself (2 Cor 11:14)

·         Satan’s attacks are deception; he is a master illusionist but his suggestions can never stand up to God’s Word

·         Just like the TSA runs an ID under a light to determine authenticity, we must run those things we want to authenticate under THE LIGHT (God’s Word)!

·         "Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather, it is telling the difference between right and almost right." ~ Charles Spurgeon

·         The Bible is the unchanging standard that has to dictate our lives

·         If we haven’t applied what we learned in the last Bible study, we need to get out of this Bible study

·         The belt gave fortification and stability – the belt of truth does the same

·         The belt gives me freedom I wouldn’t otherwise have

·         I need to ask for holy courage and wild woman boldness to stand for truth

This week my mentors Miss Priscilla and the Holy Spirit taught me:

·         Instead of wanting to be spared pain and testing, I should consider it pure joy when I face trials.  They help me persevere and mature.

·         Knowing the truth can diffuse many battles by eliminating the possibility of being deceived

·         Truth is how I strengthen my spiritual core

·         Truth is God’s opinion on any matter

·         I need to uphold the Bible as my standard of living

·         I need to let God align my decisions and responses with his truth

·         I need to synchronize my convictions with God’s character and purposes

·         I need to filter every circumstance through God’s truth

·         I tend to have bad posture when lots of negatives (or perceived negatives) happen at once

·         I need to express truth

·         I need to be the strongest person in my room at work and not let my co-workers drag me into complaining.  Instead, I need to be the light of Christ in that darkness

·         The Belt of Truth stabilizes the other pieces of armor

·         The Belt bears some of the weight of the Breastplate of Righteousness, taking the weight off of the shoulders

·         Truth supports and removes obstacles

·         Light and Truth illuminate and reveal

·         I need to be militant about personal homeland security

·         God had Moses strike a rock to get water when they first ventured into the desert, but a similar situation where God asked Moses to speak to the rock and Moses struck it like the first time got Moses banned from the Promised Land.  I need to be open to God doing things in a new way in my life

This week’s bookwork included a third “Digging Deeper” article.  Digging Deeper III is called “The Divine Warrior” and it teaches about the warrior Priscilla talked about in video session #1 using the passage in Isaiah 59.  What a beautiful picture this is!

Here’s the prayer strategy I’ve crafted as a result of what I learned this week:

Heavenly Father, Author of Truth, Teacher and Tester of my faith, You are worthy of obedience!  I repent of leaning on my own understanding, of trusting my feelings or my past experiences – even with you!  I repent of doing any Bible study and not applying it, and of displaying “bad posture” when lots of challenges come along.  I ask you to help me distinguish between right and almost right.  Teach me to make Your Word my standard of living.  Give me holy courage and wild woman boldness to stand for truth!    Synchronize my convictions with Your character and purpose.  Make me militant about personal homeland security.  Help me obey Your instruction and not always seek to do things how we’ve done them in the past.  May I be embarrassed to be without truth.  Make me joyful when my faith is tested (James 1:2-4) and help me hold to your teaching so I know Your truth and am set free (John 8:31-32).


Hope said...

Love this! I'm working on the same lesson of the same study. I'm finding it hard to craft the prayer strategies, so examples help a lot.

Hope said...

Love this! I'm working on the same lesson of the same study. I'm finding it hard to craft the prayer strategies, so examples help a lot.

Stacey said...

I'm glad the examples are helping, Hope. I pray for you right now that Christ will teach you how to pray this way efficiently. God bless you, sister.