The Apostle Paul gave us a great visual concerning the protection Heaven has given believers. In Ephesians 6:10-14, he said, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…”
We have been given spiritual armor to wear. And the first piece of our wardrobe mentioned is the belt.
A belt is to hold up you armor. Like a belt holds up your pants and protects you from shame, the belt of truth hold us up at all times, including in times of trouble.
Truth keeps us from shame. A belt only works when it is tightly wrapped around our waist. We have to keep the truth close to us at all times for it to be effective. If we loosen the belt, it becomes ineffective. It may still be there but the power or effectiveness is compromised.
And consider this: The truth you know but you don’t use has no power in your life.
The belt of truth protects you from deception, lies, and disguises of the enemy. I believe Truth is illustrated as a belt around the waist because if it was a headband for example, our eyes can lie to us, our ears can deceive us, and our mind can get foggy and not correctly remember or interpret things.
The Belt of truth is the first piece of armor listed because without it none of the other pieces could be held up. Without truth there is no righteousness, peace, faith, or salvation. All of these things are rooted and held up by truth. And truth holds up regardless of the situation, or regardless of the scrutiny.
I remember as a teenager, intentionally sagging my pants (wearing them low most of the time without a belt). I thought it was cool, but I was always pulling my pants up with my hands. I remember running and having to constantly pull or hold my pants up. It was counter-productive to not wear a belt or wear it loose.
A lie can be like this as well… lies require you to constantly and actively fight to keep it going. A lie slows you down, trips you up, makes you look foolish and shows your shame. A lie is only corrected with truth. A tighter belt fixes what’s lagging, and immediately! When you tighten the truth around you, it fixes all the lies.
I also remember as a kid getting a whooping with a belt (in other words, I was corrected with a belt). In the same way, God’s belt of truth can bring correction.
Father God correct me. Strengthen me in Your truth. Allow my mouth to speak Your truth. Allow me to trust the truth of who you called me to be, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Pastor Ro loves Jesus and loves to think in pictures and stories.