This is my second post in a series about arming our families for spiritual warfare with the armor of God. This series was inspired by the book “Victory in Spiritual Warfare” by Tony Evans. (Affiliate link) If you want an in depth study of the Armor of God and how to fight spiritual warfare in your personal life, I highly recommend this book!
In case you missed the first post, I talked spiritual warfare and how it can affect our families. If you don’t know what spiritual warfare is, or what it might have to do with your family, you can see the first post here: Spiritual Warfare and the Family: What is Spiritual Warfare? And What does it have to do with my family?
Fasten on the Belt of Truth
“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth.” (Eph. 6:14, ESV)
Today, I’ll be talking about the belt of truth. It’s the first piece of armor that Paul describes, and probably for a good reason. A roman soldier’s belt had many functions. It held his breastplate still, was a place to rest his heavy shield, hold his sword, and helped him stay balanced and steady on his feet in battle. Without this belt, much of the soldier’s armor would have become a burden.
As parents and spouses, it is especially important that we are standing firm in the truth. Not only are our children following our example, but many of the gifts and tools that God has given us to raise our children to know Him would become burdens that would hinder us if we are not standing firm in the truth. We would have nothing to keep our righteousness steady, rest our faith, hold on to the Word of God, or help us stand firm during battle.
And raising a family is a battle.
It’s a battle that looks like exhaustion from sleepless nights and the forgetfulness and heightened emotions that follow. It looks like discouragement because people are judgmental and sometimes you feel like nothing you do is good enough. When you have asked your kids to be kind to one another a thousand times, and they still fight, and you wonder if you will ever teach them anything.
The battle tells you that you aren’t a good enough wife and your husband doesn’t love you anymore. Your wife doesn’t respect you. She cares about the kids more than you. You married the wrong person. Your spouse isn’t making you happy, but maybe you can find happiness in someone else.
All of these doubts, fears, frustrations and temptations are real and painful and tear families apart. But every one of these is founded on a lie.
Our enemy is a deceiver.
That is his nature. His talent is to make beautiful things look ugly and painful things look pleasant. He takes our eyes off the most alluring sunsets to keep us from enjoying the splendor of God. He has us chasing all of the riches in the world and convincing us they are not enough, so that we may never appreciate all that God provides for us. And how deeply he cares for us.
Eden means pleasure. And when Adam and Eve only knew pleasure and walked with God, the enemy convinced them that wasn’t enough. He drove a wedge between the very first family, and between humanity and our Creator. And thousands of years later, he hasn’t stopped.
But, there isn’t a single lie the enemy can tell us that we can’t defend ourselves from, if we know the truth.
“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free”. (John 8:31)
Jesus is the truth.
His words are the truth. And if we commit to knowing His words, and believe them, we will be guarded when the Enemy tries to defeat us with deception.
So when if you feel like your role at home isn’t important, remember these truths:
“Encourage the young women to love their husbands, love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” (Titus 2:4-5) Your service to your family is vital! There is no substitute for what you do for your spouse or your children.
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive thereward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” (Col. 3:23-24) No matter what you are doing, you are serving God!
When you don’t cut out to be a parent, remember:
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and he will never depart from it.”(Prov.22:6) You are the greatest influence anyone will have on your children. They are learning from you, even when it doesn’t seem like it.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Eph. 6:4) You are fully equipped and capable of raising your children to love the Lord!
When marriage hurts, remember:
“Nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:7) Nothing is too big for Him. No circumstance you have gotten yourself into is too big for God to fix. No hurt is too big for Him to heal.
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” You married a human. A sinner. They need your forgiveness just as you need Christ’s.
And when you are discouraged, remember:
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” (Gal. 6:9) Your hard work will pay off!
“Do not be anxious for anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace that surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7) Remember to be thankful for what you have. We may not be able to understand how His peace works, but it will guard us when life gets tough.
Do you have any other truths from scripture that you lean on to stand firm in the face of spiritual warfare? Please share them in the comments!
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