Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth
Persons in bondage are not liberated by what I do as the pastor/counselor, but what they do with my help. It's not what I believe that breaks the bonds; it's what they believe, confess, renounce and forgive. Notice the progressive logic of Scripture:
You shall know the truth , and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32
I am the way, and the truth , and the life (John 14:6
But when He, the Spirit of truth , comes, He will guide you into all the truth (John 16:13
I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. . . . Sanctify them in the truth ; Thy word is truth (John 17:15
Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth (Ephesians 6:14
Finally, brethren, whatever is true . . . let your mind dwell on these things (Philippians 4:8
When Satan harasses you, you may be prone to languish in the shadows of your misery. You cry out for God to deliver you, like Jesus miraculously and instantaneously delivered the demonized people in the Gospels. But when you read through the Epistles, it is obvious that your deliverance has already been accomplished in Christ's work on the cross and His resurrection. Since you are with Christ in the light, you never again need to live in the shadows.
You must choose the truth and assume your responsibility to exercise your authority and resist the devil. From your position in Christ, you must resist the devil, renounce participation in his schemes, confess sin and forgive those who have offended you.
Prayer: Lord, Your truth gives me life and leads me in the everlasting way. I embrace Your truth to direct my steps today.
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