Belt Of Truth
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour 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.” (Ephesians 6:10-12)
Many of us are familiar with the passage in Ephesians 6 where Paul calls us to put on the armour of God. The armour of God represents the defence we must take in our spiritual lives. The Bible tells us that we are fighting a war against Satan, who seeks to steal, kill and destroy us. Therefore, we must take action and put on God’s armour.
It is very dangerous going into battle when we have forgotten to equip ourselves with the full armour of God.
The first piece of armour Paul discusses is the belt of truth. In Ephesians 6:14, he says, “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.” Of all the pieces of the armour of God, you may be wondering why Paul started with the belt. The belt plays a much more important role than we may think.
The belt is where Roman soldiers stored their weapon – without a belt, they could not carry a weapon, their sword! So, why does Paul associate the belt of a soldier with truth? For Christians, God’s Word (our two-edged sword) is truth, and it serves as our foundation.
If our beliefs and foundations are not rooted in God’s Word, we cannot expect to fight spiritual battles and stand against the devil’s schemes.
Just as a belt is worn close to the body, we need to hold God’s truth close to us and allow it to surround us and hold the other pieces of the armour in place, especially in the world we live in today. When we remain in His Word, we can distinguish what is true from what is untrue.
I encourage you to apply the concept of the belt of truth to your life and hold onto God’s truth. In the end, by remaining in His Word, you will be equipped for spiritual battles that may come your way. Let’s be seekers of truth together.