RENEWAL Devotional: Are You Geared Up? Part V, The Belt of Truth
Last week we spoke about how to use the sword according to Ephesians 6v17 “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Today I want to talk about the importance of putting on the whole armor of God in times of adversity or struggle. We learn from the book of Ephesians 6 v 13 “ 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…”
What does it mean to wear the “Belt of Truth”? When we wear the helmet of salvation and use the sword of the Spirit properly, there is one thing that gives us the victory. That one thing is to constantly stand on the Word of Truth. The Bible is truth. We must do all we can to stand on the truth and wear that belt tightly. Be truly convinced that the Word of God is working and moving on your behalf. We build ourselves up with the Word of Truth and stand on it. Studying the word of God exposes us to the truth we need in situations. For example, in order to be prepared for natural disasters we seek information about the weather, and have an emergency plan. We must do the same with the Word of God. As we wear the Belt of Truth, we will not be easily deceived, but prepared to prevent difficult situations to control our emotions in a negative way.
According to Peter, moral integrity must come before a deeper knowledge of God’s Word, because without it one will never apply the truth of God’s Word to his life. The Belt of Truth is about being honest with yourself . We can win most of our battles in life if we are first truthful to ourselves. Let’s recap the armor of God. The breastplate of righteousness and the belt of truth, work simultaneously together. The shield of faith is placed on your left hand and the sword of the spirit (truth) is worn on the right hand. Your breastplate covers your heart and without the belt of truth, we are defenseless and become weak in our spirit, soul and body (Mind, Will and Emotions, 2 Corinthians 6:7) This is how we overcome struggles in life. We stand confident that the Word of Truth is carrying us through, as long as we stand on His promises. We are part of God’s Army and His promise for us is that we live a victorious life.