Engrafting means to attach or implant (to set as permanent in the consciousness or habit patterns) through instruction (James 1:21). Therefore, engrafting changes our value system. Engrafting the Word will keep us from sin: “Blessed are the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity” (Psalm 119:1-6).
By Carole Keller
“Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore, take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:11-18).
In these verses of scripture, the Apostle alluded to several weapons of warfare and prefaced them by saying, most of all, when waging war, we must never give up; we must be strong IN THE LORD and in the power of His might; and in spite of insurmountable circumstances, we must stand and never give up the cause, knowing that our victory is in the Cross. Whether we are struggling over evil in our own family, in the worldly system, or anywhere, we can have victory. We can never be defeated if our confidence is in Him, even though we may suffer defeat on every side (Psalm 91:7). Each one of the weapons brings us back to Jesus Christ. I have identified the following weapons in this verse:
- The Word of God (Girding of Loins)
- Righteousness of Jesus Christ (Breastplate)
- Peace on earth (Gospel)
- Faith of Jesus Christ (Shield)
- The Blood, Name of Jesus and Oneness of God (Helmet)
- Sword of the Spirit (Spoken Word)
- Holy Spirit (Intercessory Prayer)
- Loins Girt About with Truth
We gain spiritual muscle when we possess a consciousness or orientation to truth. When our loins are girt about with truth, we manifest a clear conscience (Acts 24:16), personal integrity (Psalm 15), right standing with God, and accountability to others. A good conscience is the fruit resulting from the absence of guilt and condemnation which occur with unconfessed sin. Manifestation of truth will cause sin to be exposed (John 3:20-21). Satanic dominion over a soul is broken when the secret sin is confessed and cleansed by the blood. Then the weight is lifted and there is liberty.
The loins speak of truth in the inward parts. God said He desires truth in the inward parts so that He can impart wisdom. Truth is the strength of our loins. “And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins and faithfulness the girdle of his reins” (Isaiah 11:5). When our inner man is surrounded with truth, we speak the truth and do not gossip; we treat people fairly and do not say cruel things. And we keep our promises, no matter what the cost (Psalm 15:2-4, CEV). We engraft the Word to girt about our inward parts with truth. For example: