Cinching the Belt of Truth
Around Your Waist
Our study brings us now to the Belt of Truth. In our culture, belts don't hold a very high place in our wardrobes. They're used more for looks than anything else.
But for the soldier of yesteryear, the belt was very important. Without it, he would have been in big trouble.
Paul mentions the Belt of Truth in Ephesians 6:14. The first part of that verse says...
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth...
Paul used the Roman soldier's belt as an illustration of what the Christian has...the Belt of Truth. For a Christian, there's nothing more important than truth.
So what is Paul talking about when he speaks of truth?
This "truth" is not some ethereal, otherworldly kind of truth. We aren't talking about Aristotle, Socrates or Plato. Paul isn't even speaking of biblical truth here.
He's talking about the everyday, nitty-gritty kind of truth. The kind that makes us who we are. This truth could also be described as honesty or character.
You see, we as Christians shouldn't be one kind of person one moment and then someone else the next. That's being a hypocrite. God doesn't want that.
God wants us to cinch up that Belt of Truth. He wants us to wear honesty as if it were clothing. He wants us to outfit ourselves in good character. That's what it means to cinch up the Belt. It's being honest with ourselves and those around us.
What does honesty do for us?
First, it helps keep us on our feet. Men and women of that day wore long flowing robes. Ever try to walk in a bathrobe? Now, try running in it!
But that's what the Roman soldiers had to do...they had to run in those things! So they would take their robes and tuck them into their belts to keep their legs unhindered while fighting in battle.
Many times in our lives our "spiritual robes" get in our way. It may be a small sin or even something as simple as a hobby that we become obsessed with. If it gets in the way of our relationship with Christ, it must be removed...it must be "tucked away" so it doesn't hinder us. Honesty and truth keep such problems from giving us grief in battle.
Second, the Belt of Truth keeps every other part of our spiritual armor working properly. The Roman soldier's belt was connected to other parts of the battle outfit. The belt, usually made of something rigid like metal or stiff leather, would keep everything in place as the soldier fought.
So we must wear truth and honesty as a belt around our waists to keep the other areas of our lives from "moving around." Truth affects more than just one area of our lives. Don't forget...
It's part of our character. That means truth should permeate every aspect of our lives no matter what. I guess you could say it's the "glue" that binds our lives together. Honesty and truth make us who we are.
Finally, we must realize that the Belt of Truth readies us for battle. We already talked about the belt holding the soldiers sword. What does that mean for us?
We must always be ready to fight. Satan is ready to pounce on us the moment we show weakness. We need to have that Belt firmly fastened to us so that we don't lose it in battle and lose our Sword as well. We can't fight without the Sword of the Spirit. And we can't carry the Sword without the Belt.
The point is...we need to be ready. The Belt of Truth shows how ready we are. So cinch it up, and move'um out! We have a battle to fight!
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Successful Strategies for God's Soldiers
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