Tighten Your Belt

Pastor’s comments:
I was thinking of a song written by Sis. Ellen Burrs. It says when you can’t stand anymore, I will be standing for you. When you can’t bear your heavy load, I’m interceding for you. Don’t give up, don’t give in, this battle you can win. I’ll stand, I’ll be standing for you. While reflecting on this I thought of the scripture in Ephesians 6, that encourages us to stand when having done everything else. I thought I would share that scripture and encouraging quote with you.
12    For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13    Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14    Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15    And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16    Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17    And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18    Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

REDEMPTION.BY.POWER_ LVL.KY V-25 N-7 MONDAY_ 54-0329   (William Branham)
See, Paul dressing up a man for the battlefield, for the march.
God, in beginning of delivering of Israel, He said, “Now, you ought to get ready for the march. When you come under the blood, put on your shoes. Gird up your loins. Get your staff in your hand and get ready for the call.” I like that.

A man now, when he comes into Christ, he gets his Gospel shoes on to preach the Gospel, the helmet of salvation on, the breastplate of righteousness; girds up his loins. There’s a…

Usually, in the old soldiers, when they put on those ornaments of war, they had a big belt, that buckled it together, holding over their loins, these shields, to keep the enemy’s spears off. What a real lesson that is to us. And when the–the loin begin to get weak, hang down, the shield, they’d tighten up on their belt, bring them up tight again.

What a perfect picture today, when you begin to feel like you’re slacking, or the devil says, “It’s no use.” Reach down and tighten up the belt a little bit, pull up the sword a little tighter in the hand, and go forward. I like that. Be ready for the march.

Keep the faith saints while we press towards the mark of the higher calling.

Pastor Jack Duff

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