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Protected by the Belt of Truth

In yesterday’s message at HCC we studied Ephesians 6:14 in which Paul instructed his readers to put on the belt of truth.  We observed the military analogy that Paul made, comparing the believer’s need for spiritual protection with the armor of a Roman soldier (You can watch the message at www.ourhcc.org).  We also briefly examined what Paul meant by the word “truth.”  I believe he was referring to two things:  The absolute truth of God’s Word and the attitude of truthfulness that must dominate a Christians mind and heart.

As I continued to meditate on the message throughout the day, I realized that I failed to bring out a very important point – how does the belt of truth protect us?   Is its only purpose to serve as a foundation for the other pieces of armor, or is there a specific function that the belt performs in our defense?    

 

First of all, the truth of God’s Word protects us from temptation.  David realized and practiced this principle early in his life.  In Psalm 119:11 he said, “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”   The word “hidden” has the idea of treasuring, storing and in the case of God’s word meditating.  When the truth of God’s Word is pondered, meditated and practiced it becomes a strong antidote against sin. 

What is the sin that so easily trips you up?  Is it dishonesty? Impure thoughts?  Anger?  Whatever it is, God’s Word has truth, powerful truth that can protect you from temptation.

 

Secondly, the promises of God’s Word protect us from discouragement. Depression, despair and worry are common foes that frequently attack all believers.  If a believer is not “wearing the belt of truth,” it is very easy to allow the circumstances of life to defeat him.  To be victorious, though, we must claim the certainty of God’s promises.  This is the only way that we will be able to deflect the arrows of discouragement. 

Let me give a few examples…

  • Psalm 9:9, 10 teach that God is our refuge and shelter in times of trouble.
  • I Corinthians 10:13 teaches that God will never allow us to endure more than we can handle.
  • Hebrews 13:5, 6 teach that we should not fear, because we are never alone.
  • James 1:2-4 teach that God uses our troubles to produce growth and maturity in our lives.

You get the idea.  It is the truth of God’s Word that helps us to overcome the discouragements of life.  

 

Let me mention one final way that truth protects us. In Matthew 5:37 Jesus said, “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.” For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”  Every untruthful word that we say is a snare that the enemy can use to attack us.When the truth of God’s Word challenges us to be truthful in what we say and what we do, we prohibit the evil one from using our own words to cause us to stumble.  It is only when we speak the truth that we are genuinely protected from the attacks and the pitfalls of dishonesty.
Yes, the belt of truth offers powerful protection! Jesus said in John 8:32, “And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”  Let me challenge you to allow the belt of truth to not only serve as the foundation piece for the rest of God’s armor, but to truly protect you against the attacks of the enemy!
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