Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand in the evil day, and having done all to stand, stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of peace; above all taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked, and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always, with all prayer and supplication for all saints.” Ephesians 6:10-18
Whew! That was a lot! So now here we stand, fed up with our enemy, tired of losing the battle, and longing for that victory, and for God’s love and protection. Here we stand naked in the spirit, cast down, and ready for God to step in and help. Here we stand ready to suit up! We have put off all of our former lust and desire for sin, all of the fruit of the flesh, and all of the ways and thoughts of the past. We can find these in Galatians 5:19-21
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
See here, these are why we need God, and the whole armor of God. So that we can suit up and be ready to defend ourselves against these works that our enemy continuously strives to pull us into. Do we do these things? Absolutely! All of us have at one point in our life fallen short of God’s glory and have committed such things as these, so we conclude that all of us need to suit up!
So how do we begin? We need to understand each part of this suit. Starting with our loins and girting them about with truth, of course this is not just any imagined truth, this truth is the truth of God! Why the loins? What’s so important about our loins? More than 50% of all of our struggles originate from our loins, more than 50% of the world’s sin is that which is caused by loins. Our loins can be also referred to as the area of our body where the genitalia is found. God created us to procreate and we know that what God has created is good, but it can be and often is abused. So we need to girt it about with God’s truth lest we misuse this gift that God has given to us. God’s truth is what can be called our loincloth! We need to walk having our loincloth on.