Girded or perizónnumi means generally for active work or travel.
Belt for Roman soldier:
- Served a critical function
- About 2-4 inches in height
- Covered with decorative metal strips
- Connected with sword and breastplate
- Only soldiers were allowed to wear
- Identified them as member of Roman military
- Helped keep them from getting tangled in tunic(girding up loins)
- Helped carry the load of the heavy packs soldiers carried while marching.
- Kept breastplate tight against soldier’s chest and sword secured at side.
- Breastplate secured in place around back by tying to belt
Belt for Soldier of God:
- Listed first
- For Soldier of God
- Our mark/identifies as a Child of God
- Truth of the love of Jesus Christ
- Matthew 22:37-39 “Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’ 39 ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
- Holds the Sword of Spirit, which is Word of God
- John 17:17(NLT) “Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.”
- Makes us free
- John 8:32 “…, and the truth shall make you free.”
- John 8:36 “…, you will be free indeed.”
- Romans 8:2 “…Spirit of life set you free from the law of sin and death.”
- Belt of Truth connected to Breastplate of Righteousness
- Righteous-acting in accord with divine or moral law; free from guilt or sin, morally right or justifiable.
How to put on Belt of Truth-Spend time with God reading His Word and talking with Him (praying)
Arise you Prince and Princess, you Child of God, you Mighty Warrior anoint your shield, take your sword, pray always, put on your breastplate of righteousness and your belt of truth.