“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. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; ” Ephesians 6:13-17
Is our waist girded with truth or spiritual diapers? If its left up to the enemy we will remain in diapers until death. Diapers can be convenient in some ways. Babies need diapers until they are potty trained. Then once they are potty trained they may still need them for a little while. When toddlers are distracted or tired it may be easier not to have to go to the restroom; just utilize the diaper and keep playing – no time for a bathroom break! They have the knowledge but they don’t have the discipline quite yet. Mom and Dad are still around to change those diapers when necessary. Fortunately for all of you parents, their discipline finally catches up with their knowledge and they will stop for a bathroom break.
Sometimes as Christians we are full of knowledge. We can quote a Bible verse for every situation. So how can we still have on “spiritual diapers”? Are we deceived by our vast amount of knowledge and still remain in diapers? My answer is yes. Without obedience to the knowledge we have learned the maturing process is stunted. We can preach faith, talk faith and write faith but until that faith is applied; until we trust in God’s Word and His will for our life, we’re girded in diapers.
Faith takes baby steps. The Holy Spirit is gentle and does not force us but helps us to remember those bathroom breaks; Don’t forget though, the enemy will dangle our favorite toy out there to distract us also. This is our free will in action. Discipline or fun? Lifetime in diapers or freedom from diapers? Just like all of our gifts and power, the power of our free will comes from God. What we do with it is up to us.
Applying the obedience required can be a little scary. What if we have an accident? Well, that’s how we mature. It’s as if we don’t quite trust God THAT much. Doesn’t that sound ridiculous? I mean, we know through our knowledge how big and gracious God really is but we’re scared He may not can handle our problem. Our problem may be HUGE! I’m not making light of our problems. They can be HUGE in our natural but in God’s supernatural they are just a matter of faith. Faith in Him that no matter the outcome, His grace is sufficient. Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; “.
Our Lord Jesus Christ IS the Author and Finisher (Hebrews 12:2), He will bring us through it and He will equip us for the journey. We must not be led emotionally nor intellectually but spiritually. Stay in the Word of God, trust His Holy Spirit and stay steadfast in your faith of Jesus and His work on the Cross. Gird your waist with the truth of the full Gospel! – Donna Warren