Thursday, July 7, 2016

Belt of Truth

The first part of the armor of God that is mentioned is the belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14). This is the central part of the armor that holds the rest of the armor on and together. The first thing we need to recognize when we are fighting Satan and his minions is that we need to take a stand based on truth (John 8:31,32; 14:6, Romans 1:25). This is important, because Satan's chief weapon is the lie (John 8:44; Genesis 3:1-6; 1 John 2:21). Now, the devil cannot make us do anything. He can only lie to us and make evil look more desirable than it is. Also, Satan is a great dealer in half-truths. He will tell us things that have just enough truth in them to be convincing. The only safeguard against this is to be grounded in truth.The basic source of truth is God's Word (John 17:17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Psalms 119:160). Now this truth must be upheld with love and gentleness, but truth should be the basis of our behavior (Ephesians 4:15; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Galatians 6:1).

Also, if we are to to take our stand on truth, it should be reflected in the rest of our lives (2 Corinthians 4:2; Ephesians 4:25; Jeremiah 9:4-6). This is important because we live in a day when we are encouraged by the world to cut corners. We are told it does not matter what is true, but only what works. There is a danger of this creeping into the Christian ministry. We cannot hope to fight Satan with his own weapons and to prevail.  We need to be careful that what we do reflects truth in all aspects. Only then are we prepared to deal with the schemes of the devil.

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