The Belt Of Truth..
So now that we are familiar with Paul, lets talk about the armor.
The first piece of armor Paul mentions in Ephesians 6:14 is “the belt of truth”. What purpose did the belt serve for a Roman soldier? What purpose does the belt of truth serve for us?
The belt—known as the cingulum or balteus—played a crucial role in the effectiveness of a soldier’s armor. It was the belt that held the scabbard, which HELD THE SWORD!
In addition, from the belt “hung strips of leather to protect the lower body.” The Matthew Henry Commentary says the belt “girds on [secures] all the other pieces of our armor.” Truth should cleave to us as a belt cleaves to our body!
What is truth? John 17:17 says…
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
The Bible which is God Breathed is TRUTH! It contains His promises, His commands, His word—they are all truth, plain and simple.
As Christians, we are to test all things and then hold on only to that which is good—the truth—discarding all else.
We are to be like the Bereans who “searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).
Listen If we are not convinced that our principles and beliefs are without exception 100 percent true, how can we expect to accomplish anything?
Get this>>>A belt encompasses the waist. Does our conviction to the truth encompass us? Truth must be bound around us and written on our hearts—our conviction must reach beyond an outward show.
The belt used in Roman armor, provided a place for the soldier’s sword. Our sword—the sword of the Spirit—likewise needs a sheath. Truth is vital because, like a Roman soldier’s belt, it allows us to carry the sword of the Spirit and use it effectively!
The truth is what you make it! You have to totally believe in it yourself to hold to it..right? That means you must know the scriptures, know Gods word
Many of us know how to drive, because weve been practicing all our lives and if someone ask “Hey how do you drive a car?” We can without a doubt tell them TRUTHFULLY HOW TO DO IT. We know because we’ve tried it, it works for us, so we have no problem telling someone else how to do it..
But if something is missing off the car, we know it wont run right!
Imagine a belt with a segment missing. No matter how tiny the sliver that isn’t there, the belt is still useless. To do its job, it must be one continuous, unbroken piece.
To try to live God’s way without total belief in its validity is like trying to hold your sword up with a belt that isn’t continuous. Neither will work.
Our trust in God and His Word must be solid, without break, or else we will quickly find ourselves without a weapon. No matter how effective the rest of our armor is, we are useless without our sword. We need to be rightly dividing the word of truth—knowing what we believe, and why!!
So—how secure is your belt?