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The Treatment through three verbs
Second verb: Gird (2)

In ancient times, people used to wear robes reaching to their feet; workers or servants could not move and work without girding themselves; the Holy Bible mentions about Samuel “But Samuel ministered before the LORD, even as a child, wearing a linen ephod.”(1 Samuel 2:18); It was also written about our Lord, to Him be the glory, when serving us: “He will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them” ( Luke 12:37)

Girding up means readiness, for that the Lord recommends us saying: “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning” (Luke 12:35). Hence from here comes the second meaning of the verb: gird up the loins of your mind. It means that we have in our minds many facts but they are not activated or ready or fit for work, therefore these facts are useless and need to be energized in our minds.

We have a lot of precious facts about the Lord’s love, companionship and His power; also about His near coming to take us to Him, but these facts in our minds are, like a loose robe; they need to be girded up to become effective and influential; they need to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to transform them from inactive facts to functioning ones. God’s word with no faith and without the strength and effect of God’s spirit is worthless and useless and loses its effectiveness and influence on our minds.

Brother, be careful, Satan may explain things to you and let you doubt in God’s words and promises by saying: “Has God indeed said” the same words he said to Eve. Satan may also scare you as he did with David: “And David said in his heart, ‘Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines’” (1 Samuel 27:1). David forgot the day when God backed him when he faced Goliath who got killed.  That’s why the Apostle Peter is asking us to be sober and also be vigilant: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

Our depression is not resulting from our circumstances inasmuch as it’s the outcome of our wrong thinking in our condition. May God awakes us from our spiritual sleep so we do not accept from Satan any wrong explanation to our pains; let the words of God and His promises be maintained in our hearts, mixed with faith in our minds thus enabling us to answer Satan: “It’s written again”( Matthew 4:7), as our Lord did. let’s say: “Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).

Magdy Samuel

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