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Week 16: Belt of Truth

 

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13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth… Ephesians 6:13-14 

And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”  John 14:4-7 

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:31-32

 

We are in a spiritual battle. That was the point of last week’s devotional so we won’t rehash that. But the good news, is that God has equipped every believer with all that we need to stand in the victory that Jesus has already accomplished on our behalf. As Paul brings his letter to the church at Ephesus to a close, he paints this picture of a Roman soldier dressed for battle as an illustration of what it looks like to be ready for that battle against our enemy.

Paul begins with the soldier’s belt. Now, it’s important that he starts with the belt, because the belt is the centerpiece of the soldier’s armor and it holds most of it together. You see, Paul talks about this central piece as the “belt of truth.” Truth matters. The Bible speaks often of truth. In fact, the devil himself is called the father of lies.

And we live in a world where one of the primary tactics that the enemy uses against us, is to try and get us to believe his lies about God and about ourselves. One of the lies floating around these days is there is no such thing as truth, that truth is relative. You have your truth, I have my truth and who’s to say whose truth is right, right? Well, I’ll tell you who…Jesus, the author of ALL truth.

You see, truth is not found in our changing perspectives, but truth is found in the unchanging person of Jesus Christ. This is what Jesus is saying in John 14:6 when He says that He IS the truth. All things were created by Him, for Him, through Him and to Him. And that means that He knows all things and He knows how all things work. Therefore, not only is He truth, but all truth comes from Him. That He is the author of life and the final authority on ALL things. 

In John 8, Jesus gives us some instructions on the truth. In verse 32, I think there are two realities that are present. Jesus says that if you want to know the truth then you must abide or stay close to His word, that is the Bible. AND, He says that to know the truth, that is Jesus, then you will be free.

First, if you want to know what is true, then you read your Bible. That the Bible is God’s revealed truth to mankind. The truth question is not so much about our perspectives and preferences, but all about the precepts of God.

God’s word can be trusted because it is true and its foundation is the truth. I think Jesus is also saying that in order to know truth you must know Jesus because HE is the truth. 

Then Jesus gives us a promise. He says that you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. That means that when you know Jesus you will be free from sin. Free from the penalty of sin, free from the power of sin and one day, free from the very presence of sin.

So as you walk through the battlefield of this week, hold close to the TRUTH of God’s word and the author of that truth, Jesus Himself. Make Him the centerpiece of your existence so that you may stand firm against the lies that the enemy will throw your way. And as you stay close to Jesus by staying close to His word, He will use that in ways greater than you could ever dream or imagine to DEEPEN your relationship with Him.

Amen