When was the last time you did a new workout that incorporated a lot of moves targeted at your core? And after you did that workout, did you notice how hard it was to do everyday tasks for a couple of days? Like move to sit down, or move to stand up, or pick up your child.
In the “Armor of God” Bible Study, Priscilla Shirer compares our physical core support to our spiritual core support.
We all know our physical core is those muscles in our midsection (can I hear 6 pack?!) and mid-back. (For more information on your core, click here http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/do-you-know-what-your-core-really-is-and-what-it-does)
We can usually tell when someone has pore physical core support- they may have poor posture with slumping shoulders, are more likely to be injured when lifting heavy object or during strenuous activity and may buckle under pressure, and tire more easily and do not have the strength to press on.
But what is our spiritual core? As I mentioned in previous posts , our spiritual core is God’s Truth. As Priscilla points out, we can tell when someone has a weak spiritual core because they have poor posture, are injury prone and have body fatigue.
“The serpent was the shrewedest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, ‘Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?’ ;Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,’ the woman replied. ‘It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat.’ God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’ ‘You won’t die!’ the serpent replied to the woman. ‘God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.’ The woman was convinced. she saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it too.” Genesis 3:1-6
God had told Adam NOT to eat from the fruit of that particular tree or he would die. The serpent (ENEMY) basically told Eve that God was lying and she wouldn’t die if she ate the the fruit. She was sagging in her core support, she ate the fruit, and the rest is history.
Now think about how much damage someone’s words or actions can wreak on our lives at times and those words often come from a place of anger. Priscilla notes that the enemy often uses anger to infiltrate our lives. Ephesians 4:26-27 “And ‘don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” But are the words spoken in anger they aren’t really based on truth but on the misrepresentation or misunderstanding of the facts. We then let those words and actions cripple us in many ways. It is all we can think about, we dwell on it, we go to sleep angry and wake up even angrier.
What about body fatigue? When we do not have a strong core, all of our movements are much more labored, more difficult, more draining. Exhausting. The same goes for our spiritual core. “When the core isn’t well supported, its unable to supply the level of strength you need for other body movements” But “when you’re standing firmly on the truth of God as revealed in His Word- when His truth is at the core of your existence- strength flows into every other area of your life.” (Armor of God, Priscilla Shirer)
Taking it a little further, we should look at the other purposes of the core.
Most of us remember studying ancient Greece and Rome in our high school and college history classes. Our books may have even had a picture something like this.
But did you ever really pay attention to all of the armor the soldiers wore to protect themselves in battle? This was long before gun power, machinery, tanks, and all of the other war power we have now.
Two of the most important pieces of the Roman Legionary’s uniform was the belt and the breastplate. The belt (or girdle, apron- lots of terms) was used to give additional support and strength to his core and was used to hold is sword, dagger and other pieces of armor. The breast plate connected to the girdle and was used to protect his heart and other vital organs.
We still see use for these supportive belts today. Think about all those factory workers, UPS drivers, and other manual laborers such as contractors and even our soldiers and police officers, who wear a big belt to help them during the day. It is used to reduce back pain, help hold other items they need (package scanner, hammer, weapon). What about those pregnancy support belts?? I know I had to wear one when my belly got huge!
Thing about how important the belt truly was for the Roman Legionary (strengthening his support and helping him to carry other weapons and armor). Without the belt, the soldier would not be able to carry all of his armor and protection and would be more at risk for injury or death during battle.
Now….what about our God’s belt of truth. Without it, we will have difficulty maintaining the other spiritual armor and be susceptible for attack by the enemy. Priscilla is able to summarize it much more succinctly than I could ever strive for:
“Without the belt of truth, you’re left with the burdensome responsibility of carrying the full weight of your own “breastplate”- your own “righteousness….Instead of God making you acceptable in His sight through the sacrifice of His Son, you’re responsible for somehow proving yourself spotless and perfect in His sight… God’s Word- truth- reveals that righteousness has been given to you through faith in Christ as a free gift, freeing you from living with the weight of all that sin on your shoulders.”
And when we know the truth, we can be set free! (John 8:32).
So I don’t know about you, but I want to be free! I want God’s Truth- His word and all the promises to be etched into my heart. I want to have that truth so tight around my core that it will hold me up, guide me, and protect me, allowing me to put on the other spiritual armor (Righteousness, Peace, Faith, Salvation, the Word of God, all of which are ignited with Prayer) to fight the enemy. I want to be secure and protected against the enemy, knowing without a shadow of a doubt that God has a plan for me, that He loves me, that I was made in his image. I want to be so unbelievably grounded in that truth that I can’t help but shout God’s praises and tell people about the good news of the gospel and salvation in Jesus Christ!
I’m so grateful for Priscilla Shirer and her teachings that allow me to gain a better and deeper understanding of those truths.
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31. (He gave his son for me, that is the least I can
do strive towards).
And while I continue strengthening my spiritual core, I will also try work on my physical core…..