Is it ironic that the same week that Priscilla Shirer’s book The Armor of God talks about core strength, is the same week my physical core is sore? This week is all about the belt of truth.
And did you know that the Roman Soldier’s belt did more than just hold things up? It strengthened the core of the soldier. It gave support.
So as I was diving into the study this week, I couldn’t help but notice my physical core. Sore from unfamiliar exercise. Weak when given weight to bear. So is it ironic? Maybe. Or maybe it’s a bit of God’s humor.
Or maybe… just maybe it’s God’s grace. Showing me a physical example of what will happen if I don’t choose to strengthen my spiritual core… daily.
This week of Priscilla’s study not only does a great job explaining the functions of the belt of truth, but it also outlines a lot of really compelling personal questions. Questions that have really made me stop and think.
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- “The sturdy, leather girdle of the Roman soldier was made to reach around the torso and provide essential support while he performed the quick, demanding movements of war (pg. 43).”
Did you know this? I didn’t! This really put a different perspective on the role truth has in my life. The belt doesn’t just “hold everything else together” as I once thought, but it strengthens me. Allows me to be able to withstand the pressure of the battle. It allows me to keep fighting when it gets hard to endure.
- “Without the belt of truth, you’re left with the burdensome responsibility of carrying the full weight of your own ‘breastplate’- your own ‘righteousness’ (pg. 54).”
Wow! This is deep, isn’t it? As someone who has tried (and failed) to uphold my own righteousness, this really brings home the importance of truth. Without truth as the anchor, our perspective of all the other pieces of armor will be skewed. We’ll try to do things in our own strength that are impossible without God. Truth colors everything!
- While it might feel constricting at times, the belt of truth actually gives us the freedom to move (pg 56).
Mmm… isn’t this so good!? How often does the truth of God’s word feel a little bit uncomfortable? How often have we been met with a confronting truth that causes us to have to change the way we are living and it just doesn’t feel good? But what happens when we submit to that truth? What happens when we choose to line our lives up with that truth? Freedom! So much freedom. The ability to move about freely. The ability to fight like never before! Praise God!
- Are we working out spiritually while neglecting our core? (pg. 40)
Ooh! This question really struck me! How often are we busy doing the “things of God”… you know… spiritually working out… while neglecting to make truth the vital part of our workout! Have you ever done this while working out physically? You won’t get very far. You’ll be exerting a lot of energy, but not making a lot of progress. In fact, without addressing your core, you might experience setbacks… injuries.
- Do we have “concrete allegiance to and affirmation with” biblical truth? (pg. 44)
Allegiance to and affirmation with. Commitment. Are we committed to biblical truth? I love the words that Priscilla chose to use. Allegiance. Affirmation. They have such strong implications of action. It’s really not enough just to say that we believe in God, or that we believe in the bible. We have to actively align our lives with the truth.
- Am I trusting my own perception or God’s truth? (pg. 58)
We process information all day every day. We make decisions about the world and our lives all the time. The question is, are we filtering that information or those decisions with the truth of God’s word, or are we using our own feelings, intellect, and experiences? This was such a great question for me to ask myself. I think it’s so easy to gradually start processing things on our own. And when we realize this, it’s so important to recenter ourselves on the Truth.
What were your takeaways from Week 2 of the Armor of God study by Priscilla Shirer? What challenged you this week? Last week’s discussion on the study was great! If you don’t have a copy of the book, it’s not too late! You can jump in at any time!
Check out the introduction to the study HERE.
Or Week 1 of the study HERE.
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Then head over to Week 3 HERE.