Last week I watched some of the Golden Globe Awards honoring the accomplishments of people in film and TV. While watching this program, I kept wondering, where is the truth? As I watched, I saw all kinds of wicked and immoral behaviors, and people giving themselves glory and honor. Yes, it’s true that we are all sinners saved by grace and I did see that there were some on the awards program who pointed others to our glorious Lord. However, I was still left wondering, where is biblical truth?
In Ephesians 6:14, Paul is in prison for the last time. He is concerned for Timothy, his brother in Christ, because it was important that he not deviate from the truth and that he would stand firm for the truth. This is a very strong passage of scripture.
As Paul is speaking to the Ephesians, the first piece of armor he tells them to put on is the Belt of Truth. In Greek, the term fasten on literally means “having put on” the Belt of Truth.
When we become a Christian, we put on Christ. (Romans 13:14) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through ME.” (John 14:6)
It is the Belt of Truth that sets us apart from the unbelievers of this world. We have Christ’s character!!
As I pondered this idea of “the Belt of Truth,” I realized that I do not have my Belt of Truth tight if I am hiding sin in my life. Suppose I have a little temptation I enjoy that I know goes against biblical teaching. Our enemy, the devil, only knows how to function in lies…remember the devil desires to seek and destroy. Little by little the Belt of Truth loosens and then things in my life begin to unravel and I must quickly tighten up my belt. Whew! This spiritual battle is real. FYI-We all must daily confess our sin!
There is a huge temptation to become vague and accepting of sinful ways in our culture. It is encouraged by the world. For example, when our daughter Jenny went off to college, she knew it was sinful for people to sleep together prior to marriage. As time went by, her roommate had chosen that lifestyle. She persuaded Jenny that what she was doing was okay and that living with someone prior to marriage to see if it would work out was acceptable. It took the summer as Jenny read the scriptures and realized again that God’s word is against sex before marriage.
Other subtle lies that many of us believe are when we think “no one loves us” or that “we are not good enough.” Oftentimes, it is our own devices that the devil, also called the Father of lies (John 8:44), will use to plant these lies in our minds. Put on the Belt of Truth and remember the promises of God. You are loved by God and can do anything in His power.
As believers, we need to sound an alarm to buckle up the Belt of Truth!
Our cars have a bell to remind us to buckle our seat belt if we forget. The airlines ring a bell and tell everyone to buckle their seat belt and get ready for the flight. Buckling a belt is a sign of readiness. Preparedness for something that is going to happen.
So, what is going to happen that it is so imperative that we fasten on the Belt of Truth?
Paul writes in 6:12-13 that we are to put on the whole armor of God so that we may be able to stand against evil. The scriptures are talking about spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
The spiritual world is real. Only the Armor of God is strong enough to stand against this kind of evil. It is the Character of Christ. His Truth, His Salvation, His Gospel, and His Word that have conquered the spiritual forces of darkness in the heavenly places. Therefore, we are to put on heavenly armor.
Think about this… I say that I am a child of God. I am a believer in Christ. The Bible teaches that I am in Christ. The spiritual forces of evil tried to get Christ to abort His mission and the spiritual forces of evil will try to get me to abort the mission God has planned for me.
The Belt of Truth is our first line of defense against the enemy.
We are to daily put on the Belt of Truth, for the One who is the Truth (John 14:6) and who desires for us to tell the Truth of the Gospel! (Matthew 28:19-20) Be strong dear Christian! Your battle is not against flesh and blood!
In what ways do you put on the Belt of Truth each day? (If you don’t, now is a good time to start)
What is a lie from the “evil one” that you struggle with?
Comment or share a scripture that helps you stand strong with the Belt of Truth fastened tight!