Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Our Whole Armor, 2of9

~ The Belt of Truth ~

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist” (Ephesians 6:14a, niv).   

In the armies of Biblical days the belt was the first piece of armor to be put on—that is why it is listed first.  Many other items of warfare, such as sheaves for swords and loops for critical items were attached to the belt.  For this reason the belt while basically passive could easily be considered an offensive piece of equipment.  Success in battle depended upon the belt being on correctly with everything attached to it.  If everything was not in place, ready for battle, the soldier was vulnerable. 

Likewise in spiritual warfare the belt of truth is the foundational item.  We maintain truth by learning from Jesus Christ who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).  We are to learn to think like our Savior, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).  Only when we are armed with truth are we ready for battle.  “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15). 

 Not only is the belt of truth the first thing to be put on, it is often the first thing which is distorted—therefore it needs to be maintained and kept tight and secure.  Without truth a soldier cannot be effective in the Christian Army.  Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) and one of his favorite tactics is the distortion of truth.  When we begin to move off the truth of God’s Word, we are beginning to lose the battle.  We are to always stand for truth. 

It is interesting to note than in the old world the belt of truth was often wide, like a girdle, and was protecting vital internal organs, the core of physical existence.  Likewise only when we are correctly wearing the belt of truth are we prepared for spiritual warfare and protecting the very core of our faith. 

don’t miss this  ~  (1) The belt of truth – Jesus Christ is truth! “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6).  (2) Is truth holding your spiritual pants up so that you are protected from false doctrine and beliefs?  If not, you are spiritually vulnerable.

additional note  ~  Righteousness shall be the belt of His [The Messiah’s] loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist” (Isaiah 11:5). 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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