CORRECTION ON # 2 ANSWER

SORRY!!

2). Why do you suppose truth is the first piece?

Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life; We need the truth in our lives. Truth is the core of our strength in Christ.

Bible Study: The Spiritual Warfare Weapons Week # 3

“The Breastplate of Righteousness”

Our Prayer: Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, Your warrior prepares for battle. Today I claim victory over Satan by putting on the whole armor of God! I put on the girdle of truth! May I stand firm in the truth of Your Word so I will not be a victim of Satan’s lies. I put on the breastplate of righteousness! May it guard my heart from evil so I will remain pure and holy, protected under the blood of Jesus Christ. I put on the shoes of peace! May I stand firm in the Good News of the Gospel so Your peace will shine through me and be a light to all I encounter. I take the shield of faith! May I be ready for Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, denial, and deceit so I will not be vulnerable to spiritual defeat. I take the Sword of the Spirit! May the two-edged sword of Your Word be ready in my hands so I can expose the tempting words of Satan. By faith we warriors have put on the whole armor of God! We are prepared to live this day, this week in spiritual victory! In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Our Scripture: Let’s Read: Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

Ephesians 6:11 exhorts believers to “put on the whole armor of God” in order to stand firm against the attacks of our enemy, Satan (2 Corinthians 10:4; Ephesians 6:12). Verses 14 through 17 say, “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.”

The imagery is of an armed Roman or Israelite soldier, prepared for battle. A typical armed soldier wore a breastplate made of bronze or chain mail. It covered the vital organs, namely, the heart, and was fitted with loops or buckles that attached it to a thick belt. If the belt was loosened, the breastplate slipped right off.

When Paul compares the armor of God with military gear, each piece represents a part of God’s strength that He extends to us when we become His children. The breastplate of righteousness refers to the righteousness purchased for us by Jesus at the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21). At salvation, a “breastplate” is issued to each repentant sinner. It is specially designed by God to protect our heart and soul from evil and deception. Our own righteous acts are no match for Satan’s attacks (Isaiah 64:6). The breastplate of righteousness has Christ’s name stamped on it, as though He said, “Your righteousness isn’t sufficient to protect you. Wear mine.”

We are instructed to “put on” this armor, which implies that we do not automatically wear it all the time. Putting on the armor of God requires a decision on our part. To put on the breastplate of righteousness, we must first have the belt of truth firmly in place. Without truth, our righteousness will be based upon our own attempts to impress God. This leads to legalism or self-condemnation (Romans 8:1). We choose instead to acknowledge that, apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). We see ourselves as “in Christ” and that, regardless of our failures, His righteousness has been credited to our account.

We “put it on” by seeking God and His righteousness above everything else (Matthew 6:33). We make Him and His ways our dwelling place (Psalm 91:1). We delight in His commands and desire for His ways to become our ways (Psalm 37:4; 119:24, 111; Isaiah 61:10). When God reveals an area of change to us, we obey and allow Him to work in us. At the point where we say “no” to God, we open a little crack in the armor where Satan’s arrows can get through (Ephesians 6:16).

As we wear Christ’s breastplate of righteousness, we begin to develop a purity of heart that translates into actions. Wearing this breastplate creates a lifestyle of putting into practice what we believe in our hearts. As our lives become conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29), our choices become more righteous, and these godly choices also protect us from further temptation and deception (Proverbs 8:20; Psalm 23:3).

When armor is abused or worn incorrectly, it can malfunction. Likewise, there are several factors that can interfere with the effectiveness of our spiritual breastplate. Carelessness (1 Peter 5:8), unbelief (Hebrews 3:12), abusing grace (Romans 6:1–2), or disobedience (1 John 3:4; Hebrews 4:6) can hinder our ability to stand firm and defeat the enemy in our lives. When we tolerate sin, refuse to forgive (2 Corinthians 2:10–11), rely on personal righteousness (Titus 3:5), or allow earthly concerns to crowd out time for an intimate relationship with God, we, in effect, take off the breastplate of righteousness, minimizing its power to protect us.

We need our breastplate of righteousness in place in order to gain the victory specified in 2 Corinthians 10:15: “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” When we quickly reject heretical ideas, idolatry, and the “counsel of the ungodly” (Psalm 1:1) and instead “keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), we keep our breastplate securely fastened.

Let’s look at our study books now!

Day 1 The Heart of the matter

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life. Please remember to read your study guide book from each study.

So your heart is the seat of your life. The source! And what the physical heart is to your physical life, the spiritual heart is to your spiritual life. Glory to God! These are so encouraging to read. The Bible tells us to guard our hearts.

Righteousness literally means justice- the equality of being upright, fulfilling the expectations set in a relationship. In our case as believers, this relationship is with God Himself. Righteousness, then, is upright living that aligns with God’s expectations.

Day 2 The Clean Sweep

What the breastplate did for the Roman soldier’s physical heart, righteousness does for your spiritual heart. That is good stuff! Guard it. Protect it. Shields it from your enemy’s attempts to exact fatal blows to this life-giving source in your soul. But understanding how to utilize this piece of spiritual armor requires you to truly understand what righteousness is and how it works. Please read day 2 for more information. I like this! “Perfect righteousness discourage you; comparative righteousness deceive you; imputed righteousness defines you and declares you innocent before all accusers.”

Day 3 Perfect Makes Practice

To wear the breastplate of righteousness properly, we need to switch things up a bit. Righteousness is in you, now it needs to be on you! I know it doesn’t often feel this way, but your new self is the righteous nature and the very holiness of God (imputed righteousness). That’s the real you. At your core, you are pulsing with the new life of Christ. And guess what? “The fruit of the light results in all goodness, righteousness, and truth” (Ephesians 5:9). He’s just amazing that way. So if wearing the breastplate-if all this “putting off” and “putting on” is proving particularly difficult lately-realize you’re not alone. But realize something else too; you have an invisible partner every time you jump into battle and tug that breastplate over your heart. God is doing something this very minute to help you do what you otherwise could not. He is renewing your mind, realigning your passions and attitudes, and giving you strength to live in a way that is pleasing to Him and a blessing to others. What a perfect alternative to practice.

Day 4 Pickles and Ice Cream

Meditating on God’s Word, internalizing its principles, and then implementing them in your actions is what supports the work of God’s Spirit in renewing your soul. In growing you. In changing your taste buds. In adapting what you find most appetizing and fulfilling. If you only skim Scripture while you’re half asleep or as an afterthought between appointments, letting it go in one ear and coming out the other with little thought or determined interest, you’ll never receive the full benefits of what the living, active Word of God is prepared to produce in your life. As we’ll learn a bit later in this Bible study, God’s Word is the Spirit’s “sword.” It’s not only what He uses to grow you up and save your soul, but also to combat the enemy’s attempts to do damage to you. Please read more on pages 86-90. You’ll get the big picture!

Day 5 Strategy Session

As we come to the end of this beautiful week of study in the unchanging Word of our Almighty God, make a battle plan for wearing your breastplate. “Be imitators of God . . . and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:1-2). The old man is dead and gone. You are no longer a slave to the flesh, to sin, to unrighteousness. You have been set free in Jesus and given new life.

Each Week Study “Overcomers” by Dr. David Jeremiah

Week # 3 “Overcoming evil with Good”

Week #3 Nuggets: Suit up Cards

Scripture: (Romans 12:17-21): The Breastplate, The Chest Plate

Characteristic: Righteousness

Usage: Guards the Heart

Armor Location: Chest

Arch Enemy: Evil

Enemies: Sin, Deception, revenge, schemes, corruption, hatred.

Charge: Love, Bless, Do good, pray. That is how you overcome evil with good. It’s the most revolutionary force in the world!

Questions:

1). Read Psalm 18:32-36, explain what you find.

2). Why should we put on the whole armor of God?

3). What is this piece “breastplate” is design for?

4). Putting on the armor of God requires a_______.

5). Read Matthew 6:33, explain this concerning the armor.

6). Share another way we put on our armor.

7). When armor is abused or worn incorrectly, it can____.

8). There several factors that can interfere with the effectiveness of our spiritual breastplate, name some.

9). Putting this breastplate on is practicing what?

10). When we don’t have an intimate relationship with God how do this effect us?

11). Reading the study book gives us the heart of the matter, what is it?

12). Between perfect, comparative, and imputed righteousness, which one defines us?

13). What is God doing right now to help you do what you cannot do?

14). Meditating on God’s Word help you in what way?

15). What did you get out of this week’s strategy session?

Remember This. . . .(Isaiah 54:17)

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”

BIBLE STUDY SHARING (WEEK # 2)

WHAT DID YOU GET OUT OF THIS LESSON?

Living a life of truth and righteousness is what God desire of us. God’s truth is so important to our relationship with Him. I learn that truth is not open to reevaluation or redefinition, but truth is a clearly defined entity, the ultimate reality, which resides in the God of the universe, the God of all creation, the God of truth and righteousness. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; (John 14:6).” Our waist is in the middle of our body; it is there to protect from the top to the bottom of our being. The belt of truth is our protection; that is why we must not fall for the falsehood of Satan strategy. The enemy’s strategies are against our focus, our passion, our identity, our family, our confidence, our calling, our purity, our rest, our hearts, and against our relationships with others and God. The church is the presence of God on earth through which He continues to wage warfare and claim the victory that has already been secured in His beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Our can be and I am an overcomer through Jesus Christ my Lord. My whole life is in His hand to protect as I trust in Him. I stand in the Lord! I am a warrior protected by the Divine Warrior Jesus Christ, who has won the battle.

WEEK # 2 ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS

1). In your own words explain each armor.

Truth: I believe having the belt of truth is having Jesus as your support.

Breastplate of righteousness: This means our hearts must receive God in right living.

Preparation of the gospel of peace: walking in peace means stability in our relationship with Jesus.

Shield of faith: This is the application of what one believes, the process of putting feet to God’s truth and living in the light of it.

Helmet of salvation: This is our eternal security with Christ

Sword of the spirit: This is the Word of God which we should live by.

Prayer: Prayer is our communication with God concerning His promise.

2). Why do you suppose truth is the first piece?

Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the light; We need the truth in our lives. Truth is the core of our strength in Christ.

3). What is the reason to be girded with truth?

I believe so we can stand against anything that the enemy brings against us. As I said earlier, truth is the core of our strength.

4). Read the cross references, and explain each one.

Job 29:14:

Because of Jesus we are covered in the robe of righteousness.

Isaiah 11:5:

The center of our life should be girdle in righteousness.

Isaiah 59:17:

Righteousness and truth is our keeper

Luke 12:35:

I believe this is given us the tool of readiness for our Lord’s return.

Romans 13:12:

We must change clothing before it’s too late, put on the armor of God.

Ephesians 6:13:

Putting on the whole-full armor of God we can stand when the enemy comes in like a flood.

1 Thessalonians 5:8:

We are of the light, so we must stand firm in the Lord.

1 Peter 1:13:

Putting on the armor of God helps us be alert and sober for His return.

5). Read Ephesians 6:14-18, and Galatians 5:22-23.

These Scriptures are the strength of the Christians’ weapon in character.

6). When we put on this armor, what kind of relationship we have with Jesus Christ?

We have an eternal love-relationship with Jesus Christ.

7). What do a strong core present in our life?

A strong core helps with our balance, stability, resistance to injury, and our stamina over time and under pressure.

8). What are the signs of a weak core?

We have poor posture, injury prone, and body fatigue, so we can’t fight the good fight of faith as God would have us to.

9). Name three things the girdle does to help you.

The girdle do three things, it gives support to the core, it holds and stabilized other key pieces of the armor, and secure you for standing strong in the Lord.

10). Read 2 Corinthians 11:14, why is this?

The light is important because there is nothing else in our live that is steady enough to do what only the light and truth can do. AMEN.

11). Explain God’s truth in our lives today.

Truth in our lives today is light, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”

12). To be caught without our belt leave us in what condition?

To be caught without this prevailing standard, we’ll always be subject to falling for the enemy’s dangling carrots.

13). In our suit up cards, what is the arch enemy?

Falsehood is the arch enemy of Satan

14). Identify the steps you are taking to girdle yourself. (Overcomer study book).

We must seek the truth, speak the truth, and live the truth according to God’s Word.

15). Jesus used the Word against Satan when He was tempted (Matthew 4:1-11). Share some of them

“It is written man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceed out of the mouth of God”; “It is written thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God”; Get thee behind me Satan, for it is written, thou shall worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shall thou serve.”

16). Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, Word of God, and prayer; share how you use each one of these weapons.

Truth, I live according to what I know is truth according to God’s Word; I have put on the righteousness of Christ Jesus; I pray each day for God’s peace in my life, because Jesus has given me His peace; my faith is in God as my Father, Jesus as my Savior, and the Holy Spirit as my keeper.

17). What is your daily/weekly Bible reading plan?

I try each and every day to spend quiet time with God; I spend an hour, but wish I could do more; I have meditation as led, a song to the Lord, scripture reading, Holy Spirit gives me memory scripture for a month, I do a devotion for encouragement, a devotion for healing, I read a scripture of God’s promises, I pray for a spiritual goal, ultimate goal, and a daily goal which will help me grow in the Lord; I read a healing scripture each day, I speak to my body each day in this quiet time with God, I read Lord’s prayer, the Lord’s communion, I read Psalm 23, I read the Beatitudes, I read Matthew 18:18, I pray for my sons, and family, I have a personal confession I make to the Lord, and then I do a prayer focus; last I sing an ending song before I close my quiet time with God. I have been doing this for over five years because I can’t attend church service as I desire, and I believe in my heart the Holy Spirit led me to this quiet time with God; my soul is happy, but miss regular services too. When I retire I will start back, Hallelujah!!!

18). How consistent are you in meeting that goal?

I enjoy this so much, I am filled with peace every time I spend this quiet time with God. My job interrupt it sometimes, but I do get to read and spend time with God.

19). How often do you pray?

I talk to the Lord on a daily bases, and truly believe He hears my heart prayers constantly

20). What Christian books are you currently reading now.

I read my Bible; “Overcomer” by Dr. David Jeremiah; “The Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer; my daily devotion books, and my healing book.

BIBLE STUDY SHARING

WEEK # 2

Prayer:

Thank you, my Lord, for showing me the TRUTH about Yourself, Your plans and Your ways. Thank You for reminding me that You are the only God, the Creator of heaven and earth, the King of the universe, my Father who loves me, and my Shepherd who leads me. You are my wisdom, my counselor, my hope, and my strength. You are everything I need each day! Amen.

Bible Study: The Spiritual Warfare Weapons Week # 2

“Loins Girt About with Truth”(Belt of Truth)

Our Prayer: Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, Your warrior prepares for battle. Today we claim victory over Satan by putting on the whole armor of God! We put on the girdle of truth! May we stand firm in the truth of Your Word so we will not be a victim of Satan’s lies. We put on the breastplate of righteousness! May it guard our hearts from evil so we will remain pure and holy, protected under the blood of Jesus Christ. We put on the shoes of peace! May we stand firm in the Good News of the Gospel so Your peace will shine through us and be a light to all we encounter. We take the shield of faith! May we be ready for Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, denial, and deceit so we will not be vulnerable to spiritual defeat. We take the Sword of the Spirit! May the two-edged sword of Your Word be ready in our hands so we can expose the tempting words of Satan. By faith we warriors have put on the whole armor of God! We are prepared to live this day, this week in spiritual victory! In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

Our Scripture: Let’s Read: Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

This is where our armor really begins: with the truth.

Ephesians 6:10-18 Spiritual strength and courage are needed for our spiritual warfare and suffering. Those who would prove themselves to have true grace, must aim at all grace; and put on the whole armor of God, which he prepares and bestows. The Christian armor is made to be worn; and there is no putting off our armor till we have done our warfare, and finished our course. The combat is not against human enemies, nor against our own corrupt nature only; we have to do with an enemy who has a thousand ways of beguiling unstable souls. The devils assault us in the things that belong to our souls, and labor to deface the heavenly image in our hearts. We must resolve by God’s grace, not to yield to Satan. Resist him, and he will flee. If we give way, he will get ground. If we distrust either our cause, or our Leader, or our armor, we give him advantage. The different parts of the armor of heavy-armed soldiers, who had to sustain the fiercest assaults of the enemy, are here described. There is none for the back; nothing to defend those who turn back in the Christian warfare, but there are breastplate for the back too. Truth, or sincerity, is the girdle. This girds on all the other pieces of our armor, and is first mentioned. There can be no religion without sincerity. The righteousness of Christ, imputed to us, is a breastplate against the arrows of Divine wrath. The righteousness of Christ implanted in us, fortifies the heart against the attacks of Satan. Resolution must be as greaves, or armor to our legs; and to stand their ground or to march forward in rugged paths, the feet must be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Motives to obedience, amidst trials, must be drawn from a clear knowledge of the gospel. Faith is all in all in an hour of temptation. Faith, as relying on unseen objects, receiving Christ and the benefits of redemption, and so deriving grace from him, is like a shield, a defence every way. The devil is the wicked one. Violent temptations, by which the soul is set on fire of hell are darts Satan shoots at us, and hard thoughts of God, and as to ourselves. Faith applying the word of God and the grace of Christ quenches the darts of temptation. Salvation must be our helmet. A good hope of salvation, a Scriptural expectation of victory, will purify the soul, and keep it from being defiled by Satan. To the Christian armed for defense in battle, the apostle recommends only one weapon of attack; but it is enough, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. It subdues and mortifies evil desires and blasphemous thoughts as they rise within; and answers unbelief and error as they assault from without. A single text, well understood, and rightly applied, at once destroys a temptation or an objection, and subdues the most formidable adversary. Prayer must fasten all the other parts of our Christian armor. There are other duties of religion, and of our stations in the world, but we must keep up times of prayer. Though set and solemn prayer may not be seasonable when other duties are to be done, yet short pious prayers darted out, always are so. We must use holy thoughts in our ordinary course. A vain heart will be vain in prayer. We must pray with all kinds of prayer, public, private, and secret; social and solitary; solemn and sudden: with all the parts of prayer; confession of sin, petition for mercy, and thanksgiving for favors received. And we must do it by the grace of God the Holy Spirit, in dependence on, and according to, his teaching. We must preserve in particular requests, notwithstanding discouragements. We must pray, not for ourselves only, but for all saints. Our enemies are mighty, and we are without strength, but our Redeemer is almighty, and in the power of his mighty we may overcome. Wherefore we must stir up ourselves. Have not we, when God has called, often neglected to answer? Let us think upon these things, and continue our prayers with patience.

Verse 14. – Stand therefore, having girt about your loins with truth. The "stand" in ver. 13 denotes the end of the conflict; this "stand" is at the beginning. Obviously there must be a firm stand at the beginning if there is to be at the end. In order to this, we must fasten the girdle round our loins – truth, here used in a comprehensive sense, denoting honesty; sincerity of profession in opposition to all sham, levity, hypocrisy; and likewise the element of "truth in Jesus" (Ephesians 5:21), the substance of the gospel revelation. We are to gird ourselves in truth, establishing ourselves in that element, wrapping it round us, literally, "girded in truth." And having put on the breastplate of righteousness.

The Full Armor of God:

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;…

Cross References

Job 29:14
I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.

Isaiah 11:5
Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

Isaiah 59:17
He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.

Luke 12:35
"Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,

Romans 13:12
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Ephesians 6:13
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.

1 Thessalonians 5:8
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.

Treasury of Scripture:

Ephesians 5:9 “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth”

Isaiah 11:5 “And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness …

Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

2 Corinthians 6:7 “By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness …

1 Peter 1:13 13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; The [thorax,] or breastplate, consisted of two parts; one of which covered the whole region of the thorax or breast, and the other the back, as far down as the front part extended.”

Isaiah 59:17 “For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation …

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate …

Revelation 9:9, 17 “And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron…

To put on the "full armor"–and enjoy a daily and eternal love-relationship with Jesus Christ, thank Him for what He has shown you in His Word. Know the Scriptures behind your prayer so that your words and faith are grounded in the authority of the Bible.

Let’s look at our study books now!

Day 1: “Strengthen Your Core”

A strong core helps with your balance, your stability, your resistance to injury, your stamina over time and under pressure. In fact, as the aging process sets in, a weak core could mean the difference between being able to walk upright or being relegated to a chair. The condition of your core affects everything. Truth is your core support. It provides the essential backing you need when you’re in the midst of spiritual war.

For today read these scriptures (Ephesians 6:13-14; 2:13-17; 4:14, James 1:2-4). Truth becomes your starting place, and then everything else begins falling into a much better place. We must stand for the truth no matter what! It’s the core of our strength in the Lord.

Day 2 “Truth Checkup”

Your enemy is looking for weaknesses-for loopholes in your resolve that he can take advantage of and exploit. But if you aren’t even aware that your commitment to truth in some areas is flimsy, we don’t even have a way to do sit-up, much less a way to keep standing up. Let’s look at signs of a weak core now. Number one, poor posture, two, injury prone, and three, body fatigue. When the core isn’t well supported, it’s unable to supply the level of strength you need for other body movements. We are talking about truth!

Listen to this, when you are standing firmly on the truth of God as revealed in His Word-when His truth is at the core of your existence-strength flows into every other area of your life daily. All your movements and activities (work, school, ministry, relationships) bear witness to the power of God at work in you. Glory to God! They become a beneficiary of divine favor and wisdom. Your firm confidence in His promises gives you not only a holy courage, but also the spiritual muscle to carry out whatever He calls you do. So even when facing a challenge, you still feel the full weight and wind of God’s Spirit reverberating behind you. Please read more of this book to get more out of it, “The Armor of God” pages 49-51.

Day 3 “The Hanger”

This one is unique! The hanger! I must say, when I saw day three, I didn’t understand it; but let’s look into it for a minute. The Roman soldier’s belt or girdle served several purposes. One was to add support and strength to his core, as we’ve already discussed. But another purpose was equally important: the belt secured several additional pieces of his armor and kept them solidly in place. The girdle did three things; gave support to the core, held and stabilized other key pieces of armor, and secured the tunic. Please read the book for more information. We’ve considered how truth acts as a “hanger,” but in what other ways do you also think truth helps us bear some of the weight and responsibilities of the other spiritual virtues, as well? As with the soldier, the purpose of all this girdling was to get moving and avoid falling-to experience freedom of movement. Restricting the tunic released and freed the feet too. Read (John 8:32).

Day 4 “Walk This Way”

The thing about deception is that it’s, well! . . . deceptive. If it’d just come out as the bold-faced lie that it is, we could much more easily detect it and deal with it. But deception is rarely outright. It’s a lie cloaked in a tweaked version of truth. A fraud. An illusion. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. It doesn’t wear a sign on its back or badge on it chest. Just lures us toward it’s sneaky, outstretched fingers until . . . Gotcha! All the more reason why girdling ourselves with the real McCoy of truth is so imperative. We need something guaranteed that can lift the guise of deception and reveal the slick-selling underside. We need a way to expose the one who “disguises himself an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). The light is what separates fact from fiction. The Bible also separate fact from the truth! Please read pages 58-62 for more information.

Day 5 “Strategy Session”

When Roman soldiers was being disciplined for inappropriate behavior, a superior officer would often punish them by “making them stand outside headquarters clad only in their tunics and without their belts so that they looked rather ridiculous in long tunics and deprived of the one item that marked them as soldiers.” To be caught without their belts was embarrassing to them. Punishment, The belt, after all, marked them as soldiers. God’s truth should be a banner that flies high on the flagpole of your life, and over those you love and share relationship with. The church, as His body and warrior against darkness in the culture, should be known for its commitment to the unchanging, unadulterated truth of our great God. Without this prevailing standard, we’ll always be subject to falling for the enemy’s dangling carrots. Truth, don’t leave home without it! Read (Genesis 2:16-17, as well as 3:1-6). There will be questions at the end of the study.

Each Week Study “Overcomers” by Dr. David Jeremiah

Week # 2 Overcoming Falsehood with Truth

We overcome falsehood by seeking the truth; we overcome falsehood by speaking the truth; we overcome falsehood by living the truth. God’s truth is so important to the Christian.

Week #2 Nuggets: Suit up Cards

Scripture: (Psalm 25:5) “The belt and the girdle”

Characteristic: certainty

Usage: Bind reality to the wearer, grants proper perspective

Armor Location: Waist

Arch Enemy: Falsehood

Enemies: Lies, Deception, Gossip, Half Truths, Counterfeits.

Charge:

Truth is not open to reevaluation or redefinition. Truth is a clearly defined entity, the ultimate reality, which resides in the God of the universe.

Questions:

1). In your own words explain each armor.

2). Why do you suppose truth is the first piece?

3). What is the reason to be girded with truth?

4). Read the cross references, and explain each one.

5). Read Ephesians 6:14-18, and Galatians 5:22-23.

6). When we put on this armor, what kind of relationship we have with Jesus Christ?

7). What does a strong core present in our life?

8). What are the signs of a weak core?

9). Name three things the girdle does to help you.

10). Read 2 Corinthians 11:14, why is this?

11). Explain God’s truth in our lives today.

12). To be caught without our belt leave us in what condition?

13). In our suit up cards, what is the arch enemy?

14). Identify the steps you are taking to girdle yourself. (Overcomer study book).

15). Jesus used the Word against Satan when He was tempted (Matthew 4:1-11). Share some of them

16). Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, Word of God, and prayer; share how you use each one of these weapons.

17). What is your daily/weekly Bible reading plan?

18). How consistent are you in meeting that goal?

19). How often do you pray?

20). What Christian books are you currently reading now.

Remember This. . . .(Isaiah 54:17)

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”

WHAT DID YOU GET OUT OF THIS LESSON?

This lesson gave me strength and I am an overcomer because of Jesus Christ our Lord. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” I must suit up each and every day with the armor of God, but first I must know how to do that, and who I am in the Lord, then I can know that the battle is not mine, but the Lord. I must stand strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. This is the whole armor of the Believer, and the enemy will plan on our weakness; he uses fatigue, persecution to get us down where we can not fight God tell us to leave battle to Him. We must claim the strength God has promised us. We can overcome anything in the strength of the Lord.

On December 17 I posted a devotional that tells us about our spiritual warfare in the mind, we must believe God’s Word with our heart, and act upon it too! This is our victory every time. The Word says, “the just shall live by his faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4).

Believe God with Your Heart:

Let these sayings sink down into your ears. —Luke 9:44

In today’s civilized societies, we’ve spent a great deal of time educating our minds far beyond our spirits. So when we start reading the Bible, our minds often say, “I’ve got this already. I don’t need to study anymore.” Unfortunately, that usually means we’ve grabbed hold of the Word with our minds and not with our hearts.

The only way to believe God’s Word with the heart is to spend time feeding on it. You have to get the Word rooted deep in your heart so that its truth becomes more real than the doubts in your mind.

A lot of people just mentally assent to the Word. In other words, they agree with Scripture in their heads. But you cannot have faith or believe God until the Word is planted in your heart.

You see, you cannot believe God with you mind. And you certainly can’t believe God with your body. God is a Spirit, and you must believe him with your spirit or with your heart. When God’s Word takes root in your heart, you can be strong and believe it even in the face of big obstacles. Some of the greatest faith victories come when you are believing God with your heart while doubts are firing at your mind and symptoms are firing at your body like machine-gun bullets.

Plant God’s Word in your heart, believe it, act upon it, and win your victory today.

Confession: I need the Word of God It’s life to me and medicine to my flesh. God’s Word was sent to heal me, so I plant it in my heart and let it grow there I believe and act upon it, and it works in my life!

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Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

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