The Belt of Truth Lesson 2
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Ephesians 6: 10-18
Lets look at several Bible translations:
New International Version: 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist (NIV)
New King James Version: 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth (NKJV)
American Standard Version: 14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth ()
14Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins ()
Merriam Webster Dictionary
Gird (verb) means to encircle, fasten, surround with a belt or band. To clothe, to furnish, to equip, to prepare oneself for action.
Loin (noun) refers to the upper and lower abdominal regions and the region about the hips; your body’s reproductive organs.
Roman soldiers wore the girdle to keep his robes together and out of the way. If the robes fall they would tangle in the legs and inhibit progress.
Thought to ponder
The roman soldier tries to keep his robes from tangling in his legs and causing him to stumble – we are told to “gird” our waist with truth. Why?
We need to know God's word and understand it, it needs to be sown into our hearts so we can easily recall it and not stumble.
So how does truth apply to God, to the Bible, and to Man?
Lets look at God First:
Deut 4:39, "Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other."
Psalm 23:1, "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want."
Psalm 18:1-3, "I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
What do these scriptures say about God?
He is steadfast and trustworthy.
Lets' look at the Bible:
Psalms 25:5, "Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
Psalm 119: 9-13, "How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth."
Joshua 22:5, “ But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul."
Exodus 20:1-17, "The Ten Commandments"
Matthew 22:37-40, "Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Over 80 times in the Gospels Jesus says “I tell you the truth.”
John 1: 14, "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Hebrews 10:15-22, "The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: "This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds." Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more." And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin. Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water."
What do these scriptures say about the Bible?
The Bible cuts through world’s distortions, deceptions, and compromises. We should study it, memorize it, and apply it to our daily lives. Reading and making it part of yourself. It is the truth of God’s revelation to us of all that He is, all that he has done for us, and all the He promises to do for us. And this has been realized through Jesus Christ.
Lastly, let us look at what the truth says to Man?
1 Kings 9:4 "As for you, if you walk before me in integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws,
Psalms 7:8," Let the LORD judge the peoples. Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High."
Psalms 25:21, "May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you."
Psalms 41:12, "In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever."
Proverbs 11:3, "The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity."
Acts: 1:8. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Thought to Ponder
How would you define a truthful man?
A truthful man is one of integrity. He is honest, dependable, upright and respectable. Truth is the ability to be honest and sincere about everything.
So, putting on the first piece of armor means feeding on truth daily through the bible, trusting in God, and being a person of integrity.
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