December 19, 2011
The Gift of weaponry, the Belt of Truth
This Advent Daily Devotional is focusing on the gifts God gives us, as uncovered in the book of Ephesians.
There are many great kernels of wisdom parents can pass along to their children. One of my favorites: “A half truth is a whole lie.” It’s important that children learn to tell the truth, right? Truth is at the core of the judicial system. Think about the vow that someone takes when testifying in a court of law. They agree to “tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
So, how significant is it then that the first piece of weaponry, of armor, that Paul writes about in Ephesians Chapter 6 is the encouragement to put on “the belt of truth.”? The truth is the leading weapon used to defeat the enemy!
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist. (Ephesians 6:14, NIV).
Circle yourself with truth. Don’t mess with the half-truths of the world. Don’t buy the lies of Hollywood and Madison Avenue.
I’m reminded of another piece of advice from Paul. Philippians 4:6 says: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
A good start to defeating the enemy is to not fool around with the father of lies!
The belt… it wraps around your center of gravity… it is the physical center of who you are. Let your life be balanced with the truth. Let it be your spiritual center, too. Surround yourself with the truth and people who are people of truth and who will be ones who speak truth into your life. Let every part of you be enveloped with truth.
The truth is weapon Number One to defeat the attacks of the enemy. When you may be confused or unsure, get the facts. Get to the truth. Who is the truth? Jesus is the truth. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, NIV)
Open your eyes, open your hands and receive the Gift of Truth this Advent.
Father God, thank you for the Gift of Truth. May I circle every area of my life with it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.