Standing Firm in the Truth

Every one of us have a need to be loved, to be accepted and to be worth something. Many times we find people do not feel loved, accepted or worthy. This has come as a result of experiencing many rejections in life and therefore being vulnerable to the lies of the enemy, which is satan. He is referred to as “the father of lies” in John 8:31-35; as “a deceiver” in II Cor. 4:3-4; as “an adversary” in I Peter 5:8; as “the destroyer” in I Cor. 5:5; as “the prince of the power of the air” in Eph. 2:2 and “the god of this age” in II Cor. 4:4. We learn from the Scriptures that he has a definite program to defeat or destroy us through lies. When we feel rejected we are open to the lies of satan. For an example, if we from a child, perceived our father as not spending time with us or perceived our mother as being overly protective, we do not feel accepted or important. We may never have felt loved nor felt that we were worth much; but if we are children of God, we are very loved and have tremendous worth to God.

The reason God designed us with these needs is so we would look to Him to get them supplied. But so often we look everywhere else but to Him. For example: when we feel we are not worth much, we’re going by feelings and not the truth. The truth is that God has placed a great value upon us. This may be seen in considering the value of a diamond. How would we know the value of a diamond? We would naturally take it to an appraiser and have it appraised. Diamonds are very precious and costly. For us to pay a tremendous price for a diamond, means we value it very much. We would not be willing to pay the price unless we valued it that much. The price we are willing to pay determines the value to us. So how much are we worth to God? Well, what was he willing to pay to have us as his children? His son, Jesus Christ! Therefore, we are worth God giving His Son to purchase us as His own children. We may not feel very valuable; but the truth is we are very valuable. The key is accepting the truth. First, we need to know the truth. Secondly, we need to believe the truth. Thirdly, we need to walk in the truth. Jesus said in John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” The lies of satan bind and enslave us. The truth of God sets us free. God gives us a choice: whether to continue to accept the lies of satan or to accept His truth.

To enjoy a life of freedom – the freedom to allow Christ to live His life through us, is to live in the protection God has provided for us. Satan continues to feed us lies, hoping that we’ll accept them. We must never forget that he is a great deceiver and presents lies to us in such a way that we’ll have a tendency to accept them. Added to this is the fact that we lived totally in the flesh before we were saved and have throughout life developed many flesh patterns of trying to get our needs supplied independent of God. With the whole world system around us, flesh patterns within us and the devil attacking us with lies, we find it impossible to live pleasing to God apart from His complete provision. The wonderful fact is that the Lord provides protection from satan and evil in the armor that He supplies for us and instructs us to put on in Eph. 6:13-17. When we put on the armor of God, we are really putting on Christ [Rom. 13:12-14]. And when we put on Christ, we take ourselves out of the realm of the flesh, where we are vulnerable to attack. When we realize that we are seated with Christ in the heavenly places in Christ, and act accordingly, the evil one cannot touch us.

We can probably name the pieces of armor listed in Ephesians chapter six; but how many of us can remember which one is mentioned first? It reads: “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth…” It seems very significant that that Lord mentions truth first. In Phil. 4 verse 8 it mentions many things that we are to center our thoughts upon, and the first one mentions is, “whatever things are true.” We must know the truth; believe the truth; and stand firm in the truth. It’s the truth and our application of it that keeps us free. It would appear from the verb tenses in Eph. 6: 14 and 15 that three of the pieces of armor – the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and the shoes prepared to spread the gospel – are already ours at our rebirth: “having your loins girt about with truth…”; “having on the breastplate of righteousness…”; “and your feet shod with the preparation with the gospel of peace….” These three pieces of armor represent the elements of our protection provided when we received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. And we are told to stand firm with them in place. The Greek tense signifies a completed action in which we are commanded to stand firm. This is the normal way a soldier would prepare for battle: he would have his belt in place, his breastplate in place and his shoes upon his feet. We are then told to put on the other pieces of armor – being the WHOLE armor of God.

Verses 10 through 20 of Ephesians 6 remind us of the active part we must play on behalf of our own spiritual defense: “Be strong” [verse 10]; “Put on” and “Stand (firm)” [verse 11]; “Take (up),” “Be able,” “Withstand (resist),” and “Stand (firm),” [verse 13]: “Stand (firm)” [verse 14]; “Taking (up)” [verse 16]; “Take” [verse 17]; “Praying (at all times)” and “Watching (be on the alert)” [verse 18]’ “Take [verse 17]; The first piece of armor for the Christian warrior is the belt of truth – “Having your loins girt about with truth….” Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” [John 14:6]. Since Christ lives within us, the truth lives within us; but we need to allow this truth to govern our action, and behavior. Satan’s primary weapon is the lie; and when we face him with the truth, his lie is defeated.. Satan’s power is in the lie. He has no power over us when we speak the truth to him. As soon as we expose his lie, his power is broken. Our only weapon is the Sword – the spoken Word of God. The Greek word for Word here conveys that it is the spoken word.

“…when He the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). He has come and indwells us, so we have truth in us and available to us all the time. We do not have to buy into  satan’s lie; we can choose to live in truth daily. We usually refer to this as having our mind renewed with truth.. Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17: 15, 17: “I pray not that you would  take them (we Christians) out of the world, but that you would keep them from the evil (one)…. Sanctify them through Your truth: Your word is truth.” We must choose truth and assume our responsibility to exercise our authority and resist the devil. From our position in Christ, we must resist the devil and renounce participation in his schemes.

If we go by feelings we will feel unloved, but the truth is we are very loved (Rom. 8:35-39). We may feel guilty but we are truly forgiven (Heb. 10:17). We may feel alone, but we are never alone (Heb. 13:5). We may feel unacceptable or unworthy, but we are accepted and worthy (Eph. 1:3-6; John 15:15, 16). We may feel depressed and hopeless, but we have all the hope we need (Rom. 8:20-25).

We will only dislodge satan’s lies in the light of God’s truth, and not by human reasoning or effort. The weapon a Christian has is the truth. Walking in the light  of God’s revelation and speaking the truth in love may seem threatening to some; but the truth is really a friend that frees us and is the only path of fellowship with God. The Lord never intended us to get our needs supplied by this world system or by the deeds of the flesh; He intended to meet those needs by Himself living in and through us.
– by Paul A. Travis

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