Spiritual Warfare - Put On The Belt of Truth

Armor of God: Girding the Waist with Truth

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Although Scripture encourages Christians to spend quality time seeking and knowing the truth, some people have more trouble than others understanding truth, coming to grips with it and separating truth from lies. Others tend to fall into various levels of deception and many have unwittingly traded truth for lies.

In 2 Timothy 2:26, Paul says Christians are to correct those who are in opposition to the truth and pray that God will grant them repentance so that they will "escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will."

The way of escape from the devil's snare is for truth to reveal itself and do its work. Therefore, daily Bible reading is the best antidote to the lies of the enemy. Reading the written word is also a way to access the Mind of Christ and to be in tune with the heart of God, especially when there are serious spiritual questions to be answered.

To know truth is good, but Christians must embrace truth at all times and agree to continually grow in it. Truth is found within the 66 books of the Bible, from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21. Though the authors of the Bible are human and fallible, the written words are infallible. They were not only authored by wise and godly men, but are the words of God given through the Holy Spirit. In general, the Old Testament is God speaking and revealing himself. The New Testament is God speaking and revealing His son.

Christians can count on the Word of God as absolute truth and use Scripture as a trusted moral compass. More than 4,000 times Bible authors insist they are writing the Word of God. In 2 Timothy 3:16, this concept is confirmed. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped in every good work."

Another version of the Bible says that all Scripture is God breathed. That's a powerful statement, and one that Christians must believe as fact in order to do the work that God has called them to.

Considered Paul's last will and testament, as well as a handbook for newer Christian pastors, 2 Timothy offers practical guidance and instruction in relation to Christian leadership and obedience. The letter presents the importance of the truth and Paul beseeches Timothy, his son in the Lord, to guard the message of the gospel, to suffer for it, and to pass truth on through the generations.

It isn't by chance that satan is referred to as "the father of lies" in John 8:44. Such a description means that he is literally the seed of all lies. He hates truth so much, he never misses an opportunity to twist the intent of Scripture. Knowing this, God spoke through the Holy Spirit to Paul in order to provides Christians with specific ways to stay in the truth and fight against lies.

In Ephesians 6:10-18, Paul writes about the Armor of God, which includes the belt of truth. In verse 14, the inspired word instructs Christians to gird their waists with truth. In other words, put on the belt of truth. In the natural world, a belt is used to hold something up and keep it in place. The same is true in a spiritual sense. Truth keeps Scripture in place and keeps Christians secure in their faith.

While all authors of the Bible offer truth, one sentence from Jesus in Matthew 4:4 clarifies the matter. "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"

This Scripture proves that Jesus himself believed that the Bible was God's literal word. This is emphasized when Jesus continually responded with "It is written" as the devil tried to tempt him in the desert.

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Written by: Jamee Rae