The Belt of Truth 

"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth..." Ephesians 6:14 NKJV

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A Christian's survival in the world requires a firm grounding in the absolute truth of the Bible.  The power of truth is that it sets us free by breaking the power of the devil's lies and the deception they create (John 8:31-32).  Just as with Eve in Eden, the devil downplays the consequences of sin and promotes its pleasures.  Firmly rooted in the truth, we are best equipped to recognize the lies, resist the devil and do God's will.  

Paul mentioned that the "belt of truth" is part of the whole armor of God in Ephesians 6:14.  Soldiers in Paul's day wore belts to secure their clothing and hold weapons.  The belt of truth has similar but expanded functions for spiritual warfare that include:  

Putting on the belt each day:  There are some key actions we can take to put on our belt of truth securely each day.  These include:

"I put on the Belt of Truth.  I believe that God's word is truth and I fill my mind with God's word. I have the Holy Spirit living in me, who will guide me in truth.  The truth enables me to discern the devil's lies and avoid being taken captive to do his will."

"Heavenly Father, please remind me of your word today and guide me in truth by the Holy Spirit.  Please help me hear, know and obey your voice in every situation.  Please strengthen my ability to retain and recall your word as it applies to the situations I face. Thank you, Heavenly Father.  In Jesus' name I pray, Amen."

Maintaining the Belt

To keep our belt of truth in great shape, we must keep our hearts pliable and obedient to God by clinging to his word.  Our belt can become corrupted by the sin we commit and tolerate in our lives.  For example, Joab's belt was stained by his murders of Abner and Amasa in 1 Kings 2:5.  

When we give sin a protected place in our lives, we embrace the lies that the sin is based on.  These lies are what corrupt our belt of truth.  If we sin, we must return to God in repentance and the blood of Jesus will wash away the stains from our sins (1 John 1:7).  

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