Friday, July 8, 2011

31 Days of Victory:{Day 9} The Belt of Truth

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…” -Ephesians 6:14

This is the point in our journey when I just say it like it is. I mean, I hope I have been doing that this whole time. But here's a quick "venting" moment. to tell you the truth, I’m exhausted. I keep telling myself there’s not a lot going on in my life, but when I really stop to think about it… Lord help me, there’s a lot.

My husband just got out of surgery {deviated septum}. I LOVE being his nurse. There’s no doubt I find joy in serving him. Changing his gauze, bringing him food and monitoring his medication actually makes my heart melt for him even more than it usually does {and that’s saying a lot}. But I am going on just a couple hours of sleep in the past two days. Our house is in boxes because we’re preparing to move across the country. My summer break just ended and I’m starting up college classes again this coming week. I’m shifting my attention toward taking a team to Africa for a ten-day mission the week before we move {I'm still praying in faith that God will provide the rest of the finances for that}. I’ve been grieved to say goodbye to some of my closest Tennessee friends. And the last piece of the puzzle: the hubby will be traveling multiple times throughout the month for ministry commitments. Needless to say, we’re believing for a speedy recovery for him, and the grace of God for both of us, so that we can get through the next few weeks. {By the way, thanks for all the prayers, texts and facebook messages!}

If I’m totally honest, I feel like a zombie; and we aren’t even halfway through the month. I’m actually smiling over the fact that God called me to write about victory during this month of all the months He could have chosen. {Insert drunk-tired giggle here.} I guess you could say He has a sense of humor. Truth is, He is so loving and so intentional! He knew that the only way I could do these writings on victory is through Him, which is how it should be. He knew that in this moment, my strength would be sapped.  He knew that at this point, there’s no way I could receive any of the glory. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been staring at the computer screen teetering between typing and falling into a sleep coma. {I hope my thoughts make sense to you. If I say something crazy, or have lots of typos, charge it to my sleepy head, not my heart.}

Over the next few days I’ll be discussing the armor of God and what it means to wear it daily. I love that the first piece of armor, according to Ephesians 6:10-17, is the belt of truth. It’s in moments like these that I need to meditate on the truth the most. Truth like:

God’s grace is sufficient. [2 Corinthians 12:9]
His power is made perfect in my weakness. [2 Corinthians 12:9]
The Lord will give me strength and bless me with peace. [Psalm 29:11]
The Lord is watching over my husband. I don’t need to worry. [Psalm 121:5; 1 Peter 5:7]
God will sustain me and won’t let me be shaken. [Psalm 55:22]
Our plans are in His hands. His purpose will prevail. [Proverbs 19:21]
This month is not a surprise to Him. It has already been written in His book. [Psalm 139:16]
He will give me rest. [Matthew 11:28]
I can find joy in this. [James 1:2]
It’s all good! [Romans 8:28]
God is actually helping me to become mature and complete through this. [James 1:4]

Truth brings hope, no matter what the circumstances. When it seems like no one understands, lean on truth {God understands all things}. When it seems like there is no one there to minister to your thirsty soul, lean on truth {The Holy Spirit of God will minister to you}. When it seems like rest has gone on vacation all by itself, leaving you tired and weary, lean on truth {God will give rest to His children}. 
Girding your waist with truth is the preparation needed to face life's unexpected twists and bends. If you don't have your belt fastened properly, you might find yourself in the middle of battle with your pants falling down. How can we focus on the Victory at hand when we're in the middle of a wardrobe malfunction? 

Back in the day, Roman soldiers would use their belt to hold things in place. It had loops to place their weapons of defense. Our belt of truth holds our weapon as well; the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. {We'll get into more of that later.}

The victorious believer stands firm on the truth when the waves of life set themselves up against the knowledge of God and attempt to drown us. This is how we overcome! I’m wearing my belt! Are you?


Monique Zackery

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  1. Monique, I am lol'ing right now at your imagery: fighting for victory with pants falling down. That is definitely a wardrobe malfunction! Hilarious! Thanks for your honesty. Thanks for pushing through the exhaustion. We have all benefited from your dedication to sharing God's word with us. Love you and praying for you Girl!

  2. Haha. Carla, Glad to make you laugh. I was totally delirious when I wrote that. haha I was giggling about it too. Thanks for the prayer, friend. xoxo

  3. Like Carla, I am giggling away as I read. Who wants falling pants? Seriously, that makes no sense. HAHAHA, I love it!

    Praying for you guys.

  4. You know what I love? Is that the Victory is God's! You have so much on your plate and HE will make it all work! To God be the glory!

  5. Jennifer, yes! The victory IS the LORD's! AMEN to that. There's such a peace that comes with knowing that victory is not ultimately in my hands. :) AMEN to HIM making it all work together.

    Chelle, thanks for praying!


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