“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”. Ephesians 6: 10 – 11
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist” Ephesians 6:14.
A soldier wears a strong belt around his waist. The belt is the first piece of armor that a soldier puts on and other pieces are hinged or attached to his belt. The belt—known as the cingulum or balteus—played a crucial role in the effectiveness of a soldier’s armor. It was the belt that held the scabbard, without which there would be no place to put a sword. Imagine an overzealous soldier, fired up and charging out into battle—but without his belt, and consequently without a weapon! He would not have a chance to fight a good fight…only to end up as a casualty.
Just as a soldier wears a strong belt around his waist, so should truth cleave to us as a belt cleaves to our body. Imagine a belt with a segment missing. No matter how tiny the sliver that isn’t there, the belt is still useless. For the belt to do its job, it must be one continuous unbroken piece. Our trust in God and His Word must be solid, without break, or else we will quickly find ourselves without a weapon and falling prey to the devices of the enemy.
Christians, we need to be on the alert least we are swayed by the world’s interpretation of truth which is ‘truth is what we make it’ or ‘good and bad is relative’. The Bible teaches that truth is God’s Word—that good and bad are defined by God and his standard is ‘eternal and unchangeable absolutes, uninfluenced by opinions’.
As we engage in this battle, let us first ensure that truth cleaves to us as a belt cleaves to a soldier’s body.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2