It was Alistair Begg in a recent sermon I listen to who said “Take away the belt of truth and the Armor of God falls off.” At first it was a little comical as I pictured a man with trousers to big for him and they were constantly falling to his ankles in utter shame. He was referring to Ephesians 6:14 where in the NASB it says “Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH,” The ESV says “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth”
After I left church I couldn’t help thinking about truth and the Christian and the stance we’re called to have, so it’s not surprising that its the first piece of the armor mentioned, “girding the loins with TRUTH” It was a symbol of readiness to fight, you see when ever I am discouraged, confused and feel a little downcast, when ever I am lethargic or lazy or stuck in mediocrity, I fight back by girding my loins with truth, or as the ESV says fastening on the belt of truth.”
That is Jesus Christ for He is Truth and God is faithful, Jesus said in John 14:6 I am the Way the Truth and the Life. Vincent says Truth is “The state of the heart answering to God’s truth; inward, practical acknowledgment of the truth as it is in Him: the agreement of our convictions with God’s revelation.” So I stand firm in the truth of God’s word, with the readiness to battle!
I couldn’t imagine not having the truth of God and His faithfulness, truth is not based on our feelings or opinions but on the Word of God, and as He is faithful to me, I will stand firm and be faithful to Him. We have as Christians so much stuff and things of the world that we let stop us from being faithful to Christ, wether it be in our reading of His word, where we are fed, or prayer where we come boldly to the throne of God or in our daily walk with Christ. Paul says in a sense to tuck every hinderance that might stop us under this belt of truth an be ready to battle in the war for TRUTH.
The only way to combat the schemes of the prince of this world Satan is to renew your mind with the word of God Romans 12:2. We need to stand firm in His truth and He will be faithful, so let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1. Where do we get our strength and courage to do that? By fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:2 Gird up your loins and get ready for battle and fight the good fight.
We are called to be ready for the battle, to fight the good fight or we can be discouraged and live in mediocrity allowing the schemes of satan to hold us down, kind of like the picture of that man in my head where his pants keep falling down in utter shame!
By fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the author and perfecter of faith.
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria