I’m so excited to start posting here on Mondays. I am starting a series today on the “Armor of God” in Ephesians 6:10-17:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor 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. 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Today, we’ll focus on the first armor explained: Belt of Truth. In the Bible days men wore robes. When they went to battle they would secure their robes with a belt to avoid getting entangled. We are instructed to fasten on the belt of truth to avoid getting entangled in Satan’s deception.
We can’t stand against Satan’s deception without believing everything in God’s Word is true. Many Christians say they believe the Bible is true. But if you mention verses that challenge their faith, as in Mark 16:17-18, they don’t believe it applies today:
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.
I may not understand everything about healing, speaking in tongues, or driving out demons. But that doesn’t mean I don’t believe these verses are true and apply to us today. Jesus didn’t instruct us otherwise. We don’t have to understand everything in the Bible to believe it’s true.
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
John 8:31-32, NKJV
If we abide in Jesus’ Word, we will know the truth. As we believe Jesus teachings we will start walking in them. Then we’ll gain an understanding of His truth as we see it manifest in our lives.
…for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge….
To fear the Lord means to live in reverence to Him. Living in reverence means we respect that He knows more than us and we trust in His judgment. We won’t live in reverence to God if we don’t believe Him. Faith has to come first, and then comes sight.
When we don’t stand for the truths in God’s Word, we open the door to deception. Too many Christians today are not standing for God’s Word as complete truth. As a result, Satan has sown many lies within the body of Christ. The Bible warns us that it’s only going to get worse. We need to be on guard so we don’t fall into this deception.
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
2 Timothy 4:3
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves… having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.
2 Timothy 3:1-7
I once asked a Christian editor to edit the first draft of my book: You Can Have a Happy Family. When I got my draft back, I noticed the editor took out any scripture or teaching that was considered “uncomfortable.” I placed everything back in the book according to God’s Word. I refuse to accept what others say over what God says.
I didn’t get where I am today by listening to what I want to hear. I am only able to help others because I listen to what I need to hear. Everything in God’s Word isn’t going to feel warm and fuzzy to our flesh.
The Bible says to put to death whatever belongs to our earthly nature (Colossians 3:5). Putting to death the things of our flesh is painful. God’s Word may be hard on our flesh, but it is life and power to our spirits.
John 6:60-64 says that many of Jesus’ disciples turned back and no longer followed Him because His teachings were hard:
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.”
We only have two choices in life. We either believe God’s Word and allow Him to transform us, or we believe Satan’s lies and allow him to take us captive to do his will (2 Timothy 2:26). There’s no in between. When we fasten God’s belt of truth firm around our waists, nothing can deceive us.
Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.
1 Corinthians 15:1-2, NLT
We praise You that Your Word is true. Help us to stand firm on Your Word, and break down the lies the enemy’s sown in our minds. Help us not to accept every teaching we hear, and always check it against Your Word. We praise you that as we believe Your Word and strive to live according to it, You will reveal Your truth to us!
In Jesus’ name, Amen!
And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.
Acts 17:11, NLT