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

Be Adorned in Armor

image by Share Faith

image by Share Faith

Be strong in the Lord,

and stand in His might;

put on full armor,

be ready to fight.

For our fight’s not seen,

flesh and blood it’s not;

spiritual battle,

all hell’s ugly lot.

On with the armor,

that God does provide;

faithful protection,

to take all in stride.

Fasten the belt of truth,

safe around the waist;

let no lie enter,

nor bring on disgrace.

Breastplate that’s righteous,

secure over heart;

protects emotions,

from hell’s fiery darts.

Feet fitted, ready,

with gospel of peace,

to share with others,

and offer release.

Hold onto the shield,

for by faith we’re strong;

extinguishing flames,

intended for wrong.

Place on the helmet,

of your salvation;

protector of mind,

brings revelation.

Sword of the Spirit,

it’s the word of God;

for by it we’ll know,

where to safely trod.

Be ever alert,

and be quick to pray;

for self and others,

in love, don’t delay.

(Responding to Ephesians 6:10-18)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our defense against all that comes against us.  Help us to remember that despite what we see around us, the real battle is beyond what we can see, and is raging in the spiritual realm.  Forgive us for forgetting not only that there is an enemy of our soul, but that You are the Savior of all.  Teach us to arm ourselves with Your spiritual armor each day, so that we may go forth equipped to seek and serve You, undeterred.  May our faithful obedience and seeming resilience, supplied by Your strength, lead those who need to know You, into a lasting relationship with You, our Redeemer.  Amen.

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