There is no God :: Girding and Strengthening


Isaiah 45:5 states “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:”
Psalm 18:32 states “It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.”
Nehemiah 8:10 states “… for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Psalm 51:10 statesRestore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”
Jude 1:24 states “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,”

Hidden in these verses is the treasure of knowing that
1. God girds (surrounds/binds) us.
2. God girds us with strength (even if we don’t know him).
3. God girds us with his joy for the joy of the Lord is our strength and our Salvation.
4. God girds us with exceeding joy of his Salvation in Jesus Christ who makes our way (life) perfect (faultless), when we know him.

Points to ponder:
Jesus among other gods stands out for there is no other God like Jesus who can present us faultless with exceeding strength that he girds us with. Are your girded with the truth? The Truth, which when known, shall make you free (John 8:32). Jesus said, I am The Way, The TRUTH and The Life (john 14:6). To know God is eternal life (John 17:3) making you free from the power of death. Are you girded with the joy of the Lord? Are you girded with the Salvation of the Lord, which is given freely to all who believe in Jesus Christ – the only God who girds and strengthens. Let the weak now say, I am strong (Joel 3:10), girded by the Lord.

Isaiah 45:5 (KJV)
For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.
I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.

Psalm 18:32 (KJV)
32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Nehemiah 8:10 (KJV)
10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Psalm 51:10 (KJV)
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Jude 1:24-25 (KJV)
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Half Truth :: The truth shall make you free


The familiar saying “The truth shall make you free” has been the subject of several sermons and messages from the pulpit, and often only half the truth as expressed in the Bible is exposited on. The Bible says that “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) but the four verses preceeding that gives the account of many who believed in Jesus when he spoke of being lifted up and being recognized as the Messiah. Then said Jesus to those who believed on him, that if they continue in his word (i.e) in their belief, that he indeed is the promised Messiah, they would be his disciples (John 8:28-31). It is this truth that Jesus is the Messiah and the knowing of this truth, that shall make one free.

The half truth is “The truth shall make you free”. The truth is “When you  shall know the truth that Jesus is the Messiah and when you believe in him, you shall be made you free.” Jesus said, I AM the truth (John 14:6) and to know him is eternal life (John 17:3), meaning total freedom from spiritual death.

John 17:3 (KJV)
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 

The Armor David Wore :: Belt of Truth


The Bible records that David, the shepherd boy chose not to wear the armor of a soldier, that King Saul armed him with, when he averred to fight the giant, Goliath (1 Samuel 17:38-39). But David did wear another kind of armor, an armor that was more effective than the physical armor that he chose not to wear, against an armored foe. It was a spiritual armor that He wore.

When Goliath defiantly disdained David by asking him as to why he came after him with sticks, David responded that He came to this battle in the Name of the Lord. In the Revelation of Jesus Christ, we learn that the name of the Lord is Faithful and True (Revelation 19:11). Jesus said, “I am the Way, the TRUTH and the Life” (John 14:6). David faced Goliath in the Name of the one that is Faithful and True. David girded Himself with the belt of TRUTH; The Truth that not only set Him free from fear (unlike his fellowmen), but also The Truth that set the Israelites free from being taunted and mocked.

Are we girded with the belt of Truth as was David? Without it, it would be impossible to bring down the giants that taunt, defy and scare us.

The belt of Truth when worn, shall make you free (indeed). The truth when known, shall make you free (John 8:32).