The Armor of God: The Belt of Truth

The Roman soldier securely tied his belt on his waist before any other piece of armor. Placing on any other piece of equipment before the belt was useless, for this article of clothing was what held everything else in place. The belt held everything from swords and darts, to food and plunder from attacked cities. If it was tied on crooked or loosely, it inhibited the soldier’s movement and because he could not reach his sword, he could be killed by an enemy.

Just like the Roman soldier, Christian soldiers should make sure to girt ourselves with truth first. Of course, we should fully comprehend what that means. First, what is truth? Webster’s Dictionary defines truth as “sincerity in action, character, and utterance” and “the property of being in accord with fact or reality.” In Psalms 119:160, David tells God, “thy word is true from the beginning.” John wrote that “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt amoung us, (and we beheld his glory, and the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Jesus told a young man this: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). God is truth.

Where do we get truth? Our God says, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). God is truth; therefore, we get truth from God.

Why should we put on the Belt of Truth? Why is it important? While debating with the Pharisees, Jesus said this to them:

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).

            The belt of truth is important and we should wear it because our adversary is the father of lies. How do you fight the father of lies? With the Belt of Truth!

Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth… (Ephesians 6:14a)

Spiritual Warfare

As soon as you become a Christian, you enter into spiritual warfare whether you like it or not. Dr. Jonny Pope recently said, “When you get right with God, the devil puts you on a bulls eye.” It works the other way as well: if you are not being a light and are not a threat to the devil, why should he bother you?

If Satan temped Jesus in the wilderness, why, oh Christian, do you think you would be exempt from attack? Jesus was attacked three times then left him alone for a season; Satan came back when Jesus was crucified. Satan will always come back, especially when we win a battle. We will never be out of Spiritual Warfare until the war is over when Jesus comes back.

When we conquer one devil, another, stronger one, will attack. As we climb up to a new level of holiness, a new devil will be waiting for us. We are always in spiritual battles.

My family and I have been in spiritual warfare for a couple of months now, but recently it has seemed to be overpowering. Could it be because we are seeking higher ground? The past two Saturday nights, for example, were especially hard. For two weeks, I have been gone to camps and have received strength and direction from God. I’m guessing that makes me a huge threat to the battle in my house. I was exhausted physically and the demons saw the weakness as a foothold and a break in the lines. Physical weariness will affect mental and spiritual welfare. I won’t go into details, but let’s just say that I fell back in the ranks. Thankfully, our merciful God was there to bring me back up.

James 4:7b says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” But have you ever stopped to think how? Yesterday morning, I was reading in Ephesians and it hit me like lighting. Yes, I had a duh moment; for the answer was right in front of me the whole time! This is what I read:

“Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour 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 the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore, take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

How do we “Resist the devil?” “Withstand in the evil day.” How do we “withstand in the evil day?” “Put on the while armor or God!” To be able to fight the Satan and his devils, we must have working armor of God. There cannot be any rust or missing pieces!

Who will stand up, prepare, and buckle on the armor with me? Who is willing to do battle against “rulers of the darkness of this world?” Who will stand for Jesus?

Will of God

I love what Jim Elliot once said: “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” This I believe that God has a plan for each and every one of his children, but how do you know the what that plan is? How do you know the will of God?

Maybe the reason I am struggling with this is because of my graduation. I want the next phase of my life to be in God’s will. How do I know, out of the multiple paths I could take, which one is the one God wants me to walk on?

I finally came to the realization that, after much prayer and telling God that you want his will, you will just know. Usually there isn’t a big revelation, but a quiet peace.

So, in essence, I’ve learned this: Seek God first and everything else will fall into place. He will change your will to his will, let you know where to go, when to speak, and what to say. Also, if you do mess up and make the wrong choice, don’t worry, God is right there ready to help you get up and start again.

“Delight thyself in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass…Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him…The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.” -Psalms 37:4-5,7a,23-24