Posted in Encouragement, Leadership, Reflection, Spiritual Growth, Success

Dress for Success – pt. 1

truth

“Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth,” Ephesians 6:14a NLT

“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,” Ephesians 6:14a NKJV

The belt in Roman times—known as the cingulum or balteus played a crucial role in the effectiveness of a soldier’s armor. 

It held the scabbard that held his sword.  Strips of leather hung off the belt to protect the lower body and held all the other pieces of armor together.

In other words, it is a key part of making all the other pieces of armor effective.

According to the Barna Group:  66% of Americans believe there is NO absolute truth (probably more now and rising daily.)  As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to live God’s way not the world’s way. God’s Word is the foundation on which we build our lives in every area, if we want true and lasting success.  

We need to study Scripture and listen to Biblical teaching to dispell the misbeliefs that we’ve gathered from exposure to the world’s philosophy.  It’s everywhere, chipping away at our faith, it’s in public schools, even some Christian schools, the Discovery Channel, the news, everywhere we turn the enemy is trying to deceive us into believing that the Word of God is not literal, not infallible, that it’s just a book of allegories. 

The devil’s game is to trick us into diluting our life by trying to get us to mix “just a little” of the world’s philosophy with God’s truth.

Each day, we get to chose, God’s truth or man’s.

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” John 17:17 NKJV

Author:

S. Courtney Lawson Writer and speaker Sandy Lawson recently hit two Amazon.com best-seller lists with the new business book, "Transform," co-authored with best-selling author and speaker Brian Tracy. Sandy Lawson serves as a Care Pastor at Element Church, in Wentzville Missouri, one of the fastest growing churches America. Sandy recently joined noted business development expert, best-selling author and speaker, Brian Tracy, along with a select group of the world's leading experts, to co-author the book titled, Transform: The World's Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Get to the Heart and Soul of Transforming your Life, Business & Health. The book was released on September 18, 2014 by CelebrityPress™ - a leading business book publisher. On the day of release, Transform reached best-seller status in two Amazon.com categories - reaching as high as #6 in the "Direct Marketing" category. The book also reached best-seller status in the "Marketing and Small Business" category. Sandy contributed a chapter titled, "The Relationship Transformation...Taking Relationships From Terminal to Transformed." Sandy Lawson has over 30 years of experience partnering with her husband, Kip, in family ministry and outreach. She's had the privilege of serving on staff at three mega churches prior to Element Church. In addition, she and her husband also had the honor of building the bus ministry of the Oneighty Youth Group at Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 400 riders weekly to nearly 1,500 riders each week. Her biggest joy is coaching people in their personal relationships and helping them reach their God-given potential. She and her husband have helped hundreds of couples turn failing marriages into happily-ever-afters, as well as assisting parents in their quest to create healthy thriving families. In their career, Sandy and her husband have been a major influence in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults around the world. Sandy is the mother of three, and the grandmother of eight wonderful grandkids. She and her husband have been married over 46 years. She is the author of a parenting book, "Parenting Through the Mirror" which explores the concept that great parenting must begin with personal transformation. She is also the author and illustrator of a children's geology book, "Iggy and the Volcano" that teaches kids the cycle of igneous rocks. Sandy is a freelance writer, speaker, blogger and was a major contributor to an internationally distributed children's curriculum. After such a successful release, Sandy Lawson will once again be recognized by The National Academy of Best-Selling Authors™, an organization that honors authors from many of the leading independent best-seller lists.

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