The GIRDLE of TRUTH
The word "girdle" is from the Greek word -"zoma". It was a belt that held the garments close to the body so that it would be easier to move about. The loose fitting garments would otherwise hinder the movement of the soldier. This belt was often hollow, or folded so that it could also serve as a purse.
The fact that we have the truth, and can trust what God has revealed in us, gives us ability to fight better. In this belt of truth, we carry our sword, food, water pouch, etc. All the staples of life are bound up in the fact that we know with certainty that we have the truth.
This ‘girdle’ (belt) is a vital part of our defensive armor. For too long, truth has been seen as an optional, perhaps not vital, part of our ministry. Yet, as the girdle held the armor and packaged needed supplies, so the truth in our ministry makes us able to battle the enemy, able to sustain the battle despite its hardships. Truth is vital to our wardrobe.
Often in Scriptures, the Holy Spirit is called the "SPIRIT OF TRUTH."
"...when the Comforter is come, Whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth... He shall testify of Me..."
The Holy Spirit is the One Who puts on this girdle of truth upon us, and He is the One bringing truth to us, and expecting us to choose truth in all we say and do.
There is a grave need of the TRUTH in Christianity today. There have been false prophets, false doctrines, errors of doctrine, hypocrites and hypocrisy galore, deception and half truths pervading the congregations of these last days. God has never desired to have Christianity floundering in the midst of such lies and liars. He wants us to know the truth, live in the truth, and be in relationship with the Spirit of Truth.
I Timothy 2:4
"Who (God our Savior) will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
Where the Lord is, in strength and power, there will be truth. Wherever God is in power and revival, truth will prevail. God will show forth the truth, the Spirit will reveal in His way the truth, and condemn the lies and false doctrines of the false prophets.
"...mercy and truth shall go before Thy face."
"...God shall send forth His mercy and His truth."
When the truth of God prevails in the church, the power of God will also be manifest. If the truth of God is marred and leavened by the hypocrites of the church, the power of God will be hindered. It is the presentation of the truth to the sinful of this world, and the power of God that accompanies such proclamations, that makes the consciences of mankind be sparked toward acceptance of the gospel.
II Corinthians 4:2
"...by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God..."
To bring TRUTH back into the ministry of the church, we need the SPIRIT OF TRUTH. He must minister TRUTH to us, and He alone can guide us to the truth. The neglect of this ministry of the Spirit has hindered, yes - even devastated - the church and its proclamation of the gospel.
"Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth."
Jesus says that He is the "truth" (John 14:6), and the Holy Spirit will reveal Him, and the truth to the church. He has been trying to do such, and will increase His efforts in these last days. We have seen Him bring a revival of intercessory prayer to the church of the last days, we have seen the Spirit bring a revival of charismatic gifts to the church. Both of these revivals are necessary. The perversions of truth, the hypocrisy of the false prophets, and the deceptions of so-called Christians have devastated the church, and kept the revival of the last days from its true impact, and kept it from its glorious power that God wants to send.
It will take a judgment and a spiritual revival of the ministry of the Spirit of Truth to effect the latter rain revival as we desire it.
"He shall bring forth judgment unto truth."
"...execute the judgment of truth and peace."
"By mercy and truth iniquity is purged."
II Peter 2:2-3
"Many shall follow their pernicious ways (false doctrines that bring destruction), by reason of whom, the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you; whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."
This judgment upon the deceit, hypocrisy, lies, and false doctrines of the church in these last days - must come in order that sanctification and revival might come in strength.
"And for their sakes, I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth."
We cannot even truly hear the voice of God, be instructed by Him as we should, until we receive the truth as the Spirit of Truth seeks to impart to this latter rain revival.
"...Everyone that is of the truth heareth My voice."
We have been spiritual garments to wear in our spiritual warfare against the devil, and if we are not in truth, as we should be, we are missing a very important part of that battle garb.
"having your loins girt about with truth."
The church of these last days has much untruth, many lies, abundant false prophecies, and terrible wrong doctrines. The church has had a self-deception about such. Just as those who say they love God but hate their brother are in a self-deception that such is possible, so many other deceptions are in the church.
I John 1:8
"... we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us."
The church is encouraged to get truth into our midst.
I John 3:18
"let us not love in word but... in truth."
The world will never get truth, the way the church is supposed to have it. The world, commerce, business, politicians, courts, doctors all have many deceptions, lies, and prevarications. It is normal for them. They do not even understand the need for unadulterated truth.
"Even the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive."
The world, and much of the church, have perverted TRUTH. The Bible speaks of this happening within and about the church.
"...who changed the truth into a lie."
"unto them that... do not obey the truth."
"walked not...according to the truth."
II Thessalonians 2:10
"...because they received not...love of the truth."
I Timothy 6:5
"...disputings of men... destitute of the truth."
II Timothy 3:8
"...so do these also resist the truth."
II Timothy 4:4
"shall turn away ears from the truth."
"fables... of men, that turn from the truth."
The warning in the book of Hebrews is frightening:
"For if we sin willfully, after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries."
There is a "spirit of error" at work in the world, and definitely within the church of the last days. Most warnings in the Bible of "false prophets" are given to the last day period. This "spirit of error" is devastating, and deceiving many within the church.
1 John 4:6 (KJV)
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
There needs to be a great repentance of the church for accepting the deceptive doctrines, and false prophecies of this "spirit of error." After the church has repented, the truth will become more known, and the Spirit of Truth will not be so grieved by the false, the lies, the prevarications within Christianity that He is hindered in His revelation of truth.
II Timothy 2:25
"In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth."
The Spirit of Truth is doing a great work in these last days, and His next emphasis will be to make us more and more aware of the truth. Just as He has given gifts to the church, He is now seeking to give ALL TRUTH to the church.
If we repent of the falsity of the church, if we seek to abandon hypocrisy in all its forms, if we agree to not be blatant with our revelations of truth in opposing lies, liars, hypocrites, and false prophets, the Spirit of Truth will begin to reveal much to you.
How we handle such truth will determine if we grieve the Spirit of Truth and cease to receive such revelations. Notice that the Bible says "in meekness" (II Tim. 2:25) we are to instruct. We must sometimes "swallow hard", and act as though we do not know the Truth. We must often allow the liars to go unscolded, unhindered in their work, allowing the Spirit to do His work, His way!
The Holy Spirit will reveal truth, and cause a separation between the hypocrites, liars, and false prophets. He will cleanse the church of them by the harvest of tares (Matthew 13), and He will have this church which has received the truth proceed to the double portion of the latter rain revival, and be truly ready for the rapture of the church.
Many years ago, the Spirit of Truth tried to "bless" me with this gift in a fullness that scared me. When someone spoke a lie.. I would sense the Spirit of Truth telling me that it was a lie. I was instructed by the Spirit to not show that I knew it was a lie (usually). I had to be "meek" and suffer the pain of the knowledge. It hurt so much to know every lie, that I finally asked God to only tell me such if I really needed to know - otherwise to allow me to be lied to - unawares. The Lord did grant my request, and only at times has the Spirit informed me of lies and liars.
Recently, I have been taught of the Spirit of Truth, that I have hindered His work in my life by that partial rejection of His gift. I am now being shown the importance that "truth-awareness" in the ministry of the gospel.
The Spirit of Truth revealed to Peter when Ananias and Sapphira brought their gifts to the church and lied. Jesus knew when the woman at the well was being partially deceptive with Him. Jesus was aware of the source of Peter's words when He told Peter, 'Get thee behind me, Satan.' Jesus spoke angrily to the Pharisees and scribes (calling them vipers and serpents) when they deceptively tried to trick Jesus with their questions. The Spirit of Truth wants Christians today to know the truth, live the truth, and recognize the deceitful, hypocritical, false prevarications in the church today.
The Spirit of Truth is restoring the fullness of this gift to many in these last days. He wants to eliminate the false doctrines, the self-deception, the hypocrisy, and expose the hidden tares of the last day revival period. The "tares" have grown amidst the wheat unnoticed for many centuries. Now as the wheat nears its harvest in the rapture, the wheat is turning "white", and the tares are turning "black." This is indicative of the revelation of truth, and the revelation of who are the tares.
"But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also."
For a number of years, the Holy Spirit has been showing me congregation, after congregation, revealing truth, or its lack, within each. The lies, hypocrisy, deception, false doctrines, apostasy, hidden within was exposed to me in various ways by the Spirit of Truth.
In one of them, the Lord told me that the "spirit of deception", i.e. a "lying spirit" had a stronghold within. In another, the deceptive spirit was controlling six so-called "saints." Amidst the errors and deceptions in local churches that the Spirit of Truth has revealed were:
saints lying one about another to turn some against others...
some who choose to believe lies of friends or relatives, and refuse to accept the truths of their victims...
some who pretend facts that they were told earlier to be words of knowledge from the Lord
physical abuse of children, lying that it never happened (despite many witnesses)...
giving as a prophecy from God what they wanted to believe, and believing of such prophecies that a young man would be miraculously healed of cancer just before he could die, and calling another a false prophet who said that God told him that the young man would be soon called home to heaven (no apologies were ever given to the one called the "false prophet", after the young man did die and go to be with Jesus)...
some who wanted a different pastor lied that money was missing from the church treasury, and the board suspected the pastor of taking it (no money was missing).
These events, amidst others, devastated congregation after congregation. Ministers were hurt in some, ministers devastated others in some. Lies, prevarications, hypocrisies, false doctrines, false prophets, etc. are doing a dastardly work. The Spirit of Truth needs to re-assert the gift of TRUTH to the church.
After having these types of things exposed in congregation after congregation, the Spirit would have me "shake the dust off" and go to another congregation. There in the new congregation, the Spirit of Truth again began to reveal things. Again and again, I would try to quietly depart, shocked, hurt, and mind-boggled by the hypocrisy and sin in congregations.
The Spirit of Truth has shown and taught me much during the last few years. Now that I am more fully understand His message, and the shockingly sinful state of many congregations, I am being shown some of the Spirit's methods of changing the horrible sins.
An increased revelation of truth will be given to all saints who desire it...
I Corinthians 14:1
"...desire spiritual gifts."
This gift will then remain with those who do not grieve the Spirit of Truth by misusing the gift.
"Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor; for we are all members one of another. Be ye angry and sin not... Neither give place to the devil... Let no corrupt communication proceed from your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God... Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
If we follow those instructions, we will not grieve the Spirit of Truth... and the girdle of truth will remain, and we will be able to do a work the church so desperately needs. The Spirit of Truth desires us to know "all truth" in these last days.