Strength and Protection

Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest… – (Ephesians 6:14, HCSB)

So stand strong with the belt of truth tied around your waist, and on your chest wear the protection of right living. – (Ephesians 6:14, ERV)

Put on truth as a belt to strengthen you to stand in triumph. Put on holiness as the protective armor that covers your heart. – (Ephesians 6:14, TPT)

The reason I always look at the various translations of a passage is because so often, the slight variation in the phrasing helps my heart to make connections between what is being said and how it applies to my own life. This morning, the imagery of The Passions Translation hits home. In the same way that one wears a belt to lift heavy weights for protecting and strengthening the back, so too does truth girded around us, grant us the strength we need to stand strong in faith. Additionally, protective armor to cover the heart reminds me that we are not called to be hard-hearted, but rather, we are to allow God to protect our tender heart with His armor. I don’t know about you, but I could certainly use His strength each day, and His protection over my heart in this incredibly long and exhausting season. May we ever seek the Lord to strengthen and protect us, for His armor is stronger than anything that comes against us.

The power of truth,

God’s strength unto us;

Protection each day,

Faithful, God with us.

Place over each heart,

Your armor and grace;

Our help and our strength,

Throughout all our days.

Please help us to rise,

In truth, make us strong;

Lead and protect us,

In You, carry on.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that each time we seek You, You lovingly strengthen and protect us in the truth of You great love. Forgive us for forgetting the strength that is found in Your word and the faithfulness of Your protection when we seek You. Teach us to pursue more of You to be equipped and empowered to walk out each new day well. Show us how to love those around us in ways that exemplify the strength of Your word and protection in Your powerful hands. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to secure the belt of truth about us, and to be the armor that protects and guards our heart. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Search for the Lord and for His strength; seek His face always. – 1 Chronicles 16:11

Adorned in Armor

Conflict is something from which I typically flee. Seldom, does it seem beneficial or necessary to engage in some sort of argument, when I could easily stay silent and walk away. However, there are times, when I must take a stand. Injustice, especially toward those who are unable to help themselves, seems to be the place where I find I stand firm; ready to fight. Wisdom is required, to know just how I am meant to be strong in Him, when circumstances require that I take action.

Recently, a situation arose with my boys being bullied by a classmate at school. The young man was clearly targeting my cherubs, and for this, I cannot stay silent. My initial response was not exactly loving, nor kind, so I had to stop and breathe, and ask for patience and peace to come so that I could clearly communicate my concerns. Fortunately, my voice was heard and received, and immediate action was taken. Teaching has taken place, and the boy better understands that he is not allowed to treat others the way that he had been treating my guys.

To operate in the way that He asks of us, we must be equipped. “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, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – (Ephesians 6:14-17) Not only does He equip us, but He instructs us as to how to best be armed to face any and every circumstance.

In conflict and peace,Boys Halloween

make sure you are dressed;

armed for the battle,

God’s love to impress.

First the belt of truth,

His word combats lies;

uncovers falsehoods,

hiding in disguise.

Breastplate that’s righteous,

protector of heart;

seals His approval,

we’re His work of art.

Feet that are ready,

and able to go;

wherever He asks,

so His truth may show.

The shield of great faith,

fends off fiery darts;

grants us protection,

victory is ours.

Salvation’s helmet,

protecting our mind;

keeps doubt far from us,

for our Lord is kind.

Sword of the Spirit,

our only offense;

used to speak the truth,

in each circumstance.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You provide all that we need to walk in Your ways and live in Your truth. Thank You that You are loving and kind, and are always available and accessible to answer what we are asking. Forgive us for allowing ourselves to go forth unarmed and unprotected, and teach us how to walk in Your armor, so that we are always ready for whatever may come our way. Teach us to walk in Your way and live in Your truth in such a way, that our words and deeds point others directly to You. May we be ambassadors that are worthy to wear that which You provide. Help us to love as we are loved by You. All glory and honor to You. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.