"It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect." Psalm 18:32
The fundamental garment for the Jew was the tunic; it was normally a long flowing and full cut robe. An undergarment, when worn, was called a loincloth. When men needed freedom to work, run or go into battle, they would tuck the hem of the tunic into the loincloth to gain greater movement. This action was called 'girding up the loins' and this phrase became a metaphor for prepared for action (endowed, empowered, surrounded).
"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind..." I Peter 1:13. Peter uses the expression to refer to clear thinking in times of difficulty; taking a step of action to be watchful over the mind. Our thought life may seem harmless, but if we do not develop the habit of disciplining our thoughts and focusing our minds on Christ, we will be unequipped to do so when we really need to.
The Bible says we are the stewards of God's mysteries. A steward is one who cares for the property of another; they take their job seriously and you can count on them. The steward knows how the owner expects his property to be cared for and is willing and faithfully to execute that responsibility. This steward works with initiative within the guidelines of the owners orders. Within these guidelines, the steward has complete backing and provision from the owner.
A faithful steward begins to think, speak and act like the owner. For a believer in Jesus Christ, this is a life-long career and in that path, there is a sense of freedom and fulfillment. Some think that living any way they want is freedom, but it will actually put them in greater bondage. Living outside accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and having no knowledge of His Word is a destructive path. Eventually, what we have will be taken from us; this is the law of life.
Our mind is a great mystery of God. The word mystery is defined as something unknown or unexplained that arouses curiosity. It is our responsibility to decide what we think and speak (I Corinthians 4:1-2). We are not to conform to the ways of this world, but renew our minds and attitudes (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:23). We are designed to think and speak in the manner of Philippians 4:8, to create prosperity, peace, power and health in our lives. As a steward, we choose to change our thinking and speaking according to God's Word. God says, as we think (believe) in our heart, so are we (Proverbs 23:7). I am a steward of my thought life. I choose what I allow in my mind because the Bible says as I think in my heart, so I am. Long held thoughts become my life. Any thought based on fear will slowly produce destruction. Any thought based on human emotions other than flowing from our harmony with the mind of Christ will alter our life negatively. We can miss the true design God meant for us.
Faith thoughts based on the mind of Christ (God's Word), will guide us to our true potential. It requires understanding and the power of choice. If we attempt to eat right because we are afraid we will not be healthy, we will slowly lose our health. This fear must be turned to we want to eat right because we are a steward of the body given to us. By the Spirit of the Lord, love to eat right. The same truth is for everything we do. There is no fear behind what I do, only faith that works by love. I believe, by the Lord Jesus Christ, I have what I say, every need is met and every desire is fulfilled.
The word 'gird' is a portal for faith. By the meaning of 'gird', we understand we have a power greater than we are to do what we can't do and be what we can't be. Our thought life is the beginning of victory or the beginning of defeat. When our thoughts are focused on God's Word, He directs our path into the way of knowledge which accomplishes His will in our lives. There is no restriction on what will prosper in our life as we meditate on God's law day and night (Joshua 1:8).
1. Empowered. "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me..." Acts 1:8. By the Holy Spirit power released in us, we have confidence that every need is met and every desire is fulfilled. We have no problems, only opportunities to overcome limitations with this connection. I am girded, empowered to be able to do all things with a Caleb-can-do attitude (Philippians 4:13).
2. Surrounded. Become aware that we live in God's great grace. There is no lack when grace is released (Acts 4:33). All things are upheld by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). All things include us as believers in Christ. Upheld means provided for, protected and blessed. Relax, lighten up because we are surrounded by God's grace and we have a Creator as the source of our life. Thank you Lord that I am protected, safe and secure because I see it and say it.
3. Prepared for action. Girded with strength is to have initiative to take action. Strength is energy to live, joy for now and a Caleb-can-do attitude. God makes our way perfect (Psalm 18:32). When we say I am strong and I am perfect, we are calling into existence what we already are. Those words are in the tense that means it is already done. When we say we are already healthy, wealthy, whole and perfect, we are taking faith action.
Heavenly Father, thank you for girding me with strength... I am strong! Thank you for making my way perfect. I am perfect! Thank you for girding me in every way. I say it to be so in Jesus Christ's name. Amen.