Below the Belt

Nepal is on, what we know, as the “Fire Belt.” – a marking on the earth that seems to reveal locations for earthquakes, volcanoes and fires that rise up from the earth.

There is another belt we are familiar with when we may be in challenging conversations ā€“ “hitting below the belt”. This refers to a comment someone might make about someone else that unfairly attacks their character.

There is another “belt” a Christian is called to put on everyday – the “Belt of Truth”. In Ephesians 6:10-18 we read about the Armour of God, which describes weapons we need when we are doing spiritual warfare.
In the life of a Believer, warfare happens everyday, in case you are wondering. What is “warfare” you ask? In general, warfare is satan trying to snatch you from the Hand of God. The battle is real. The more intimate we get with Jesus the more threatened he feels. Satan knows how powerful God is and will play dirty to get in the way of your relationship with Him.

In a Bible study I participated in several years ago on “Spiritual Armour”, it was explained that The Belt of Truth is central to the armour and everything hinges on it. Everything hinges on the Truth. In Bible times, the Sword that the warrior carried was so big it literally hinged onto the belt. The reality is that Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6) so when we put on the Belt of Truth, we are putting on Jesus and therefore we will be protected and set free (John 8:32).

Do you want to live free?

I recently read an alarming question on a devotional sight that asked the question,
“how do you reconnect with God after a busy week?”
My comment? “I DON’T DISCONNECT!!!” (yes, in all capitals)

If we disconnect from God it will be intentional (aka: putting other things in front of Him) and then we run the risk of a full on attack from the enemy. Eventually he will chill out because he has lured us so far from God that we don’t pose a threat anymore. The enemy is already “roaming around us to see who he can devour”. Why would we willingly make ourselves available? He knows the Power of God. Do you?

Although I didn’t know it then, on the morning of April 25th – the day of the Nepal 2015 earthquake – God was equipping me for one of the most difficult battles I would face. On that morning, 2 Timothy 4:15 was my devotional and it says, “do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of God” (aka: Truth).
Verse 25 goes on to say, “opponents must be gently instructed in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”

If you feel like you have been hit below the belt here, perhaps it is time to take an inventory of what truth you believe.

The fight and the battle for our souls is real, believer!!!
I think my soul would have been shredded on that day if I wasn’t wearing the Belt of Truth and consistently taking in God’s Word. I wouldn’t have known how to lean into Him and seek His Promises.

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There is a line in Matt Kearney’s song “The Air I Breathe” that has been burning in my ears for the past several weeks. I think it fits into this post well, “…bringing a fist to a pistol war…”.
One wouldn’t intentionally do that. Not that I have ever been in a pistol war. But that is how ill-prepared I would have been had I been living a life that just brought my flesh into every situation.
God’s Truth IS the air I breathe. If I don’t, I will suffocate in my sin with my flesh as the perpetrator.

Almost 10 months after the Nepal earthquake, I am in another battle that is requiring me to arm myself with more than just my fist!! I haven’t forgotten what I learned that day and am finding great comfort in the armour I consistently wear each day since. However, in this battle I have needed an army of warriors to stand with me. Not just through prayer but in practical ways. I am proud to say that many of my encouragers have come armed with The Truth, have pointed me to The Truth, and have lovingly been the Hands and Feet of Jesus to me. I am not out of this particular battle yet. I guess you could say IĀ  am somewhere between the “now and the not yet”. But I will not put down my weapons of war and will keep my Belt of Truth snug around my waist…will you join me?

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REFLECTION:

Where in your life do you need the Power of God and His Truth?

What do you do when you are hit below the belt?

What will you do to arm yourself with God’s armour to be prepared for battle?

Thank you for joining me on my journey,

Kinita

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2 thoughts on “Below the Belt

  1. Awesome! Thanks, Kinita! šŸ™‚ Love, Anne šŸ™‚

    On Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 7:58 PM, kinita schripsema wrote:

    > Kinita Schripsema posted: “Nepal is on, what we know, as the “Fire Belt.” > – a marking on the earth that seems to reveal locations for earthquakes, > volcanoes and fires that rise up from the earth. There is another belt we > are familiar with when we may be in challenging conversation” >

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