Ephesians 6:14 – 15 “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist . . . ”
In my top left dresser drawer, I have more than a dozen belts. They really serve no purpose, except as fashion accessories. They make me look cute. And don’t we all love to look cute?
But the belt Paul speaks of here is much more than a fashion accessory. It serves an actual purpose. In biblical times, people wore long, flowing robes. When they wanted to move quickly, they pulled up their robes and tucked them into their belts, thus allowing free movement. If you were caught without your belt, and you needed to move quickly, you might trip!
For Roman soldiers, the large metal belt wrapped around their lower torso, and protected vital organs. It also served as a place to hang a weapon. If a soldier or a civilian wanted to be truly prepared for any situation, he would wear a belt. To be caught without it could be dangerous.
In the same way, we must always wear our belt of truth. Some say that the truth Paul spoke of is the good news which is found in the Word of God. Others argue that truth means integrity – total purity in our devotion to Christ, which is lived out each day. Either way, we must walk in His truth. When we do this, we prepare ourselves for any situation Satan may throw at us.
So, friends, don’t be caught without your belt! If you are, you may get tripped up. You may receive serious wounds from the enemy, simply because you were caught unprepared. Make sure that your integrity is intact, and that your knowledge of God’s truth is strong. When you wear your belt, you will be prepared!
Dear Father, Thank You for giving me the belt of truth. Please help me to know more and more of your truth, and to walk in integrity as Your child.
Amen to all you’ve said, Renae. Truth in our hearts and integrity in personal and our market place testimonies. The belt holds all the other “tools” of our warfare together.
Thanks for this timely study.
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I will say Amen to that
Great to see you, Amrita!
I found this:
The belt — the belt of truth in our armoury — is what the enemy always goes for in battle, especially when it is at its fiercest. He knows that if he succeeds in cutting it loose, not only does he make you the laughing stock in the battlefield, he renders your defenses without power. Draw a mental picture of yourself waving a sword at Satan with one hand while you clutch your pants with the other and you will see what I mean.
That is a great quote, Jackie! Can you let me know the source? I may have to use that . . .
Took me a while, but here it is:
Ask and you shall receive! (Oops, wrong book)!
Thanks, Jackie! 🙂