by Christina Farris
1 Thus saith the LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.
2 So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins.
3 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying,
4 Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.
5 So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me.
6 And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there.
7 Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.
8 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
9 Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.
10 This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.
11 For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear. God wants us to wear a girdle to carry his sword, to tie around our waist the truth of his word and to cover us with faith and righteousness. This morning I was reading Facebook and a posting said to hang to the thread of the hem of Christ garment. I got to thinking on this and the thought would not leave. I thought some more about it because I mention yesterday it better not to be hanging by a thread but to have the harness and rope of faith in which to hold too. The more I thought on the hem of the garment of Jesus, I began to ask several questions, did the woman already have a gridle of truth, and she did called faith and righteousness, so the answer was yes. However she still need to touch the thread/hem of the garment of Jesus. That enough right there to cause one to shout, but until you dig a little further and go back in time to Jeremiah and see where Israel hide their gridle and it became marred, it became unuseable.
Many people have gridle of faith and righteousness, but never use it. Peter was naked on the boat, and he took his cloak and girted this body and casted himself into the sea. Jonah had done much like Peter, he put on his girdle of truth had the men throw him over the boat to calm the sea, because he had run from the Lord and God was punishing him in hot pursuit, and not until he repented inside the belly of the fish that swallowed and continue in faith did God allow him upon the shore. Peter on the other hand was fixing to get a lesson about feeding Christ's sheep, in John 22. Peter and Jonah both needing a good dose of using their faith for God had called both of them to preach.
Jeremiah found himself with a marred girdle in his hand, not his own but of the nation of Israel. Israel was going to be taken into exile because of the marred girdle. They longer believe the truth but believed the prophetic lies of false religions. God was not pleased with this at all. God had called Israel to be a witness for him, to be witness and to testify of God's greatness even in the wilderness of life.
Many times we find ourselves in different places of our faith, but not to be girdle is not to have God with you, or truth with you. You can not touch the hem of Jesus without believing truth, having righteousness of faith. You can not preach if you running without the righteousness of faith that it takes to look to God for the future and to use what God provides for you. Jonah ran because he did not trust God enough to enter the heathen nation of Nineveh. Peter had not started preaching but sat on a boat fishing, without his faith/girdle of truth moving forward to spreading the Gospel.
The point being the girdle of faith, if it not worn but hide it becomes marred, To not wear it will be destroyed by the lies of the devils and false religions. Our faith is the most precious thing in our life that we wrap around the most private part of our body and holds us on the rope of hope/highway to heaven.
I got stuck in a rut for a few days on the issue of faith. I worry about my future because there things and situations I can not change. Yet I find myself asking where is my girdle of faith. Where is that girdle God ask with his word. I look and say Lord I got faith, but I struggle with trusting solely everyday your word, even when I been doing that longer then I can remember. Where did I fail, I woke up one morning and let the waves of the world go crashing in around me, my feet slipped not because not on solid rock, because those waves of the world crashed against it leaving the surface a little slick so I had to fall to sitting/resting position. Never leaving the rock base. Sometimes sin does this, to us we backslide, we run, we walk the wrong path thinking it be okay, but it not. One sin turns into a multitude of sin. We ask ourselves why did we hide faith, were did our eyes go, where did our life go, God says I been here and you never really let go. You just stumbled in your humanity. God had Israel from the begin of the trip in the wilderness being fearful of him and needing an intercessor, because they lack faith to go to God alone. Proof they need the word/Messiah more then they knew, for one thing is God obeys his word and he also requires us to obey too. He takes his word and puts it between us and him, along with his mercy and grace. Grace being more then just forgiveness, but unconditional love for mankind. He gives us two promises Word in the flesh who is Jesus to save us from our sin and the Holy Spirit to guide us. Israel had hiden their faith and constantly wanted to mimick the world to the point God had to allow their destruction.
Peter was naked but he put on his girdle, and Jesus feed them fish that he cooked on a fire and told the disciples to feed his sheep. Peter had deny Jesus, but he was walking on water and became fearful again, not realizing his faith was planted already in Jesus. Not realizing Jesus truly forgave him, and once the full realization of God's mercy, he would begin to preach.
We have to decide and look at ourselves and say where is first our gridle and then ask do we have the hope/rope of our faith, that when we on the edge of life we got all we need to be overcomers and not lemmings that hit the bottom of the valley of death. Let us not forget the woman who touch the hem of Jesus' garment that need the drink of faith, she did need to grab the full garment of Christ just the hem. She only need to bow at his presence and grab hold to the reality of the possibility of what she already had and that was faith in Jesus. Jesus said your faith has healed you to the woman with issue of blood. Her faith has made her whole. She only need to bow and grab hold. We need to grab hold of Jesus. Hold to God's word daily, touching the word of truth in faith of our own spiritual healing. The minister can not do this for us, this is something God wants to do in our life. Ministers only explain things, and now we ourselves can look up and examine the word of God ourselves with dictionaries, commentaries and Biblical encyclopedia and history. The only mystery is what we long for, the place that we with God not just in Spirit but in uncorruptibility.
Dear Heavenly Father, gird us with your truth enabling our faith to stand against the wiles of the devil. to hold us tight even when we slipping and need to rest on the solid rock of Jesus in which our faith stands apon. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Matthew 9:19-22 KJV
19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.
20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
Ephesians 6:14 KJV
John 21:7 KJV