Ephesians (W12D2) Truth and Righteousness
Week 12. Tuesday: Truth and Righteousness
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Ephesians 6:13-14
13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Day of Evil (Greek: hēmera ponēros): the evil age we live in
All of our days are filled with temptations to do evil.
Note that Paul says “when” not “if” the day of evil comes.
Stand Your Ground (Greek: anthistēmi): resist, to set one’s self against, to withstand
Spiritual warfare is a daily struggle that requires constant resistance.
Resisting the devil is effective (James 4:7).
God always provides a way out of temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Stand Firm (Greek: histēmi): stand firm, stay balanced, steadfast, established
Belt of Truth (Greek: perizōnnymi osphys alētheia): loins girded with absolute truth
Truth is the only weapon against lies and deception.
We must live in truth because we are so easily deceived.
Breastplate of Righteousness (Greek: thōrax dikaiosynē): protects vital organs
The breastplate is one of the most vital sections of the armor.
Righteousness (right living) protects our most vital and vulnerable areas of our everyday lives. Righteousness keeps us safe and secure from evil.
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
In what ways are you easily deceived? Why?
How can you focus more on truth and live by it?
How can living a righteous life keep us safe and secure from evil?
PRAY: Ask God to help you live in truth and righteousness.