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Christians, be prepared in last days and 'gird up your loins' with truth

"The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8
"The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8
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"Gird up your loins". What does this phrase mean according to the Bible?

In the book of Ephesians, Paul has told the people to “gird up their loins” with the truth! Here is what Jesus says about truth: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me". God’s Word, the Bible, is “God-breathed” and is the truth (see 2 Timothy 3:16).

The devil wants to rob us of the truth. Actually, in scripture, the devil is referred to as the "father of lies".

Here in Las Vegas, there are many counterfeits. The Las Vegas strip is full of beautiful buildings and lovely places to stay that are only replicas of the real thing (New York, Monte Carlo, and Venetian, to name a few). The devil wants to deceive us with counterfeits (that look real) so that we will not know the truth.

We are in a battle in the spiritual realms - a battle for our souls and eternal destinies. That is why the Apostle Paul spoke about the armor of God: "Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS..." (Ephesians 6:14, NASB).

The Holy Spirit, through the Apostle Paul, made it clear that we are in a battle. We should be aware of the ongoing battle in the spiritual realms, which will only get worse as we approach the return of Christ (see 2 Timothy 3:13).

So, what exactly does the phrase "gird up your loins" mean?

It is a Roman phrase. It has a physical meaning which points to a deeper spiritual meaning.

"To gird up the loins, is a phrase which has allusion to the mode of dress in ancient times. The loose flowing robe which was commonly worn, was fastened with a girdle when men ran, or labored, or engaged in conflict" (Barnes' Bible Commentary).

Conflict is inevitable. The world is going from bad to worse (see 2 Timothy 3:13). As wickedness increases, Christians must be firmly rooted in the truth, in God's Word, or else they will fall into apostasy. Apostasy is the abandonment of sound Biblical doctrine.

The danger of this is that Christians, even pastors and teachers, who abandon sound doctrine will not be saved. False teachings are abounding today, and many sincere Christians are being deceived by false teachers, false prophets and false shepherds - even from the pulpits.

The Bible says that anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son (2 John 1:9, nlv).

We must be prepared with the truth. Is there a fork in the road coming for Christians?

"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" (Ephesians 6:13). The devil's tactics are tricky and deceptive. We must stay in God's Word, the Bible. Psalm 119:105 says, "your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path" (nlv).

Psalm 119 is an excellent chapter to read during these times of apostasy. There is a "truth crisis" among people who call themselves Christians and in Christian churches today.

"Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?" (1 Corinthians 14:8).

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