She wanted a badge to wear. A bright one with curly ribbons, that would pin to her shirt – announcing to the whoever saw it that she had finally met him. Alek. The one we had all been praying for since long before we knew his name. Ryleigh wanted to wear a badge so that everyone would know she had met him. She had a new cousin and was incredibly proud of it.
It was super sweet and then there were tears when I explained that we were already late to school that morning and there simply wasn’t time to create this badge out of thin air. On the way to school the Lord began to connect her desire for the world to know about Alek with what He had been uncovering for me through our Armor of God study at church.
Satan does the opposite of wear a badge…he wears disguises. Don’t you wish deception would wear a badge that announces it for what it is? That when his lies came into our field of vision/hearing there would be a loud trumpet blast announcing that it was not truth? Or at the very least a soundtrack to our life so we’d know when we heard a certain type of music that our thoughts were going in the wrong direction or that our choice was leading us to a mistake. That sounds nice right?
And while that’s pretty much the exact opposite of what the enemy wants – since his goal is to devour and destroy us…the Lord has in fact designed an incredibly beautiful way for us to know just that – for us to see deception for what it is. We can do this by girding ourselves with the belt of Truth. Priscilla Shirer does an awesome visual of this through her Armor of God study. She has on a long skirt made of lots of strips of fabric. It’s hard to walk in because it looks like she could stumble or trip over any one of the pieces at any given time.
As she talks about wearing the belt of Truth she starts to define the word “gird”. Which means to take up. She starts picking up each piece of fabric and “girding” it or tucking it into the top. If we do the same…if we take every decision, every word, every thought – and “tuck” it into His truth that we have girded our bodies & minds with – then we will know deception when it comes into our lives. It will be as if a big flashing badge is announcing what it is…because we are wearing His truth as our belt. I loved loved loved LOVE this imagery. It made things click for me that never had before.
And, my favorite part? When it’s all tucked into our belt of Truth? There’s nothing to trip us up – or make us fall. Holding everything to His standard of Truth actually gives us MORE freedom instead of restricting it (which is what the world wants us to believe).
He is SO good! He is such a Sovereign Father!
So, when I wonder if I’m missing something. When I start to doubt what I’m doing or a decision I’m facing – I can look into His word. I can gird it into His Truth and I will be able to see the enemy for who he is…as easily as anyone who saw Ryleigh that next day knew all about her new cousin, Alek.