My son was so skinny that any pants I’d find for him would have to be cinched in somehow. With my youngest daughter, she loved wearing fleece pants, so I could easily sew a one-inch dart on each side in the back. But, for my son, it was more difficult to get those jeans to not slip down on him. A belt was the best choice for him. He needed something to hold up his pants! A belt was necessary for him to be clothed properly. This is the same for our belt of Truth. It is a vital part of God’s armor. How To Wear Your Armor Like A Warrior Princess: Your Belt.
A Soldier’s Belt
The Roman soldier’s belt held all of his weapons. He needed to ensure his sword was both secure in his scabbard and that it was easy and quick to retrieve. A skilled soldier would be able to defend himself against attack if his sword was strategically placed in his belt.
The belt also kept the rest of the armour together and placed correctly. The belt prevented the armour from moving around and leaving vulnerable areas, such as the internal organs (the heart!) open for wounding. Because the armor was in the right position, it likely made it easier for the soldier to maneuver and engage in battle. He wouldn’t have to worry about his armor coming loose at a most inconvenient time. His protection was secure.
Belt Of Truth
When we take a look at the armour of God, we can see how the Roman Soldier’s armour relates to it. The Word of God is Truth – ultimate Truth.
So far in this series, we have discussed the shield of faith and our shoes of peace. We haven’t discussed our sword yet. Most disciples of Christ know that our sword is the word of God. I can’t wait to write that post!
We also know that a well-conditioned sword is critical for our Christian walk. We need our sword to defeat our enemy. Therefore, we need that sword close by, so we may grab hold of it at a moment’s notice.
Our belt of Truth keeps our sword in easy reach. This is us soldiers being grounded in the Word of God. We need to be well-versed in scripture that we know Truth…and so that we know a lie when we hear it. When we are faced with a lie, we can quickly grab our sword and obliterate the falsehood.
However, when we don’t have the Truth around us, it will be that much more difficult to identify a lie. In fact, we may even be listening to false teachings instead of the Truth, making our armor useless. When we accept false teachings, we make ourselves extremely vulnerable to attacks from the enemy.
So remain steadfast in Truth! Check everything against the Scriptures.
Hold It Together!
The rest of our armor is held together by the belt of Truth. Our protection and defenses depend upon Truth.
It is Truth that holds our righteousness in place, guarding our hearts.
It is Truth that keeps our sword close by.
It is Truth that gives us peace to walk in.
It is Truth that brings us salvation.
It is Truth that builds out faith.
It is Truth that helps us to stand firm.
Not only do we need to stand up for truth, we must stand on the truth of God’s word. Our victory in battle depends upon our ability to hang onto the truth. Let’s keep that belt securely tightened around our waist.
Jesus Is Truth
Jesus stated in the book of John that He is the Truth. Have you noticed a little pattern here with our armour? Jesus is our Truth; He is our belt.
In Hebrews 12:2, it says, “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus is our faith, He is our shield.
The first chapter of John tells us that Jesus is the Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (verse 1). Jesus is the Word, He is our sword.
I wonder as we continue this series if we will find this blueprint in the other pieces of armor. What do you think?
Regardless of what we find, we can rest in this promise: with Jesus, our protection is secure.