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Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

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The Armor of God – The Belt


I grew up with twelve years of Catholic education and every year, I had to wear a uniform. As I got into high school, the uniform relaxed a bit, as I was only required to wear green-colored pants or skirts with a modest top that coordinated with the chosen green hue. Wearing a uniform was an outward testament to my educational upbringing and anyone in those days knew I was affiliated with the Catholic school system.

As Christians, we are instructed in Ephesians 6:10-17 to wear another uniform. This uniform is called the Armor of God which includes a belt, breastplate, feet coverings, shield, helmet, and a sword. I will have a short series of posts regarding each uniform article. Today, let’s review the BELT.

Our waist can be an example of the truthfulness of bad eating habits. By increasing the intake of carbohydrates and sugar while neglecting exercise, we see our waist expand. Pants fit tighter and we shop for stretchier fabrics to ease discomfort from less stretchy material. The truth is, we gained weight.

On the other hand, some people find it hard to gain weight due to high metabolism and need a belt just to hold up their pants. I was super skinny up until my mid-30s and found the belt to be an important wardrobe accessory.

As part of the armor of God, the belt he asks us to wear is the belt of truth. Back in Roman times, the belt wasn’t used as a way to hold up pants like we envision today. The belt had spaces to hold swords (which we will get to in a later post) and it also allowed strips of armor to hang from it for more protection. What is truth anyway?

In John 14:6-7, Jesus gives us the definition of truth, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” The way we get to know Jesus is by reading the Bible. He lays everything out for us that we need to know about Himself. Before opening the word of God, the Bible, I suggest you ask God to equip you with the ability to understand His truth. Regularly spend time with him in Scripture and in prayer.

This belt of truth protects us against the lies and deceptions of the enemy. Scripture does not mince words and states that Satan is the father of lies. In John 8:44 it reads, You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Even in Genesis 3, the devil appeared as a serpent and operated in half-truths to get Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. He is witty enough to twist the truth to cause people to stumble away from God’s truth.

Put on the belt of truth to prevent from falling prey to the devil’s lies. If we don’t have an understanding of the truth, the rest of the armor is useless. As hungry as we may be for carbohydrates and sugar, may we be that hungry for the word of God to expand our knowledge of Him.

 

The Traveling Banana


I have good intentions, but those good intentions are only good if acted upon. Read more…

Late Night Visitor – Grief and Joy


Living with grief takes a toll on one’s emotions, health, and spiritual life. There is a time to mourn just as there is a time to laugh; so I had an idea. I put grief and joy in the same room with me (with 6 feet separation and we are all wearing masks).  Here is what happened.

Grief:  “Hi Kristine, are you going to introduce me to your friend?”

Me:  “Hi Grief.  Yes, I am going to introduce you to my friend.  Grief, this is Joy, Joy this is Grief.”

(Neither can they shake hands, nor can they see a smile on each other’s face, so they nod to each other.)

Joy:  “Hello, Grief.

Grief:  “Hello, Joy.”

Me:  “Grief, Joy, I brought you two together because I need you to know that you both exist in my life. Grief, you and I were spending way too much time together and it was taking a toll on my concentration. I had some negative comments when you were at your peak, but not everyone knows how tight we have been and it just looked like I was not on my game.  I was reading the Bible one day and I met Joy.

As the Bible states in Ecclesiastes 3:4 it is okay that both of you are in my life.  The verse says, “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance”.  I don’t always want to be sad and I don’t always feel like laughing or dancing, but whatever emotion I want to feel, I need you two to respect, as well as, get out of the way of the other.  I would like to send you away, Grief, but Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble, but He has overcome the world and that is why Joy needs to step in between us more often. I am hanging onto Jesus’s promises rather than settling in with sadness. Jesus overcoming this world is really good news for me because I cannot do this alone or with my own strength.”

Living with grief takes a toll on one’s emotions, health, and spiritual life.  Let Jesus in with the joy He has in store for you and watch your emotions, health, and spiritual life be rejuvenated.

 

A Letter to Heaven


Dear Papason,

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Late Night Visitor – Storm Chaser


Grief has similarities to that of a meteorologist.  Read more…

Late Night Visitor – The Grief Thief


Late Night Visitor Series 1 and 2

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Clean Up Ugly


I have a love/hate relationship with social media.  I enjoy Facebook for keeping up with family and friends I do not get to see on a regular basis, and I enjoy their photos on Instagram.  As a Christian blogger, I like reading other Christian blogs as iBelieve they are inspired by the Holy Spirit and I take pleasure in seeing how God works through other people to speak to me.  I have a Twitter account, but I cannot recall the last time I scrolled through.  I have met some very wonderful people, I can honestly call friends, through websites that brought together kindred spirits based on common life experiences and interests.

What I hate about social media is how it exhumes ugly out of people.  For a while, I had to limit my time on social media because of the negative, vulgar messaging I encountered.  iBelieve news organizations are ugly as well and make it their mission to skew the facts to keep ugly headlines reeling just for sensationalism.  Facts interest me more than opinions.

Some people hide behind a computer screen, with or without an alias, and act like they have been given Super Ugly power to say whatever is on their mind as if they never knew what compassion and empathy were.  I have never seen so much hatred as I have lately.  iBelieve it is due to God being kicked out of public places He once was allowed.  Our country was founded on Christian principles and I just shake my head each time I hear of another door shut on God.

Whatever happened to love your neighbor as yourself?  Do unto others as you would have done unto you?  iBelieve it boils down to this:  hurt people, hurt people.

So why don’t we, who are not fans of the ugly in the world, do something?

I have one idea for my followers who live in the United States.  New Mexico Soap has a line of bar soap called Ugly Bars.

UglyBar

Ugly Bar, by New Mexico Soap

If you know of someone that is being ugly, send them a bar and tell them to clean up their act.  🛀  Let’s work together to encourage positive social media and wipe out the negative spin it has taken.

 

Proverbs 8:13 (NIV)

To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

 

 

Fourth Watch of the Night


I am a firm believer that our subconscious mind is telling us a whole lot of information that we can utilize in our waking life.  I have a dream to share with you. Read more…

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