Belt Of Truth – March 15, 2016
Ephesians 6:14, Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
John 10:10, The thief (or Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
This week, I’m focusing on the armor of God that we should wear into battle every day so that we can stay strong and stand firm in our faith and lives. The first part of the armor of God that the Apostle Paul mentions in Ephesians 6 is the belt of truth. In the ancient world, soldiers wore a belt around their wastes that did two things, 1) it kept their armor in place, and 2) it also was wide enough to protect the kidneys and other vital organs from an enemies blow. Just as that belt protected the solider of biblical times, truth protects us today.
Jesus said that Satan was the father of lies, and on many occasions, Satan tells us things like we don’t matter, everyone else is better off than we, we are failures… But, the truth is, those are lies, and we need our protective belt of truth to fend off those lies. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief (or Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” In other words, Jesus was saying don’t buy into Satan’s lies today. We do matter. We can win. We can overcome, and with Christ’s help, we will have life to the full.
So today, put on the belt of truth, and let it protect you from the physical, emotional, and spiritual damage of believing false truths that can impact your ability to be used by God. Arm yourself with the protection of truth to avoid the trap of believing Satan’s lies. Be proactive and prepared instead of inactive and unsuspecting.
Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D