For the rest of the chapter. I want to do the detailed study of each piece of armor God has provided for us. These are important weapons you must know how to wear and how to wiled if you are going to make the most of the spiritual authority you have in Christ.
The Belt Of Truth
The first piece of armor Paul names is the belt of truth. “Stand firm therefore, having your loins with truth” (Emphasis 6:14a). The spiritual armor Paul describes in this chapter is patterned after the armor and weapons of Roman soldier of the day. For instance, these soldiers wore a long tunic that flowed down to the ground. But when it came time to fight, the soldier picked up that tunic and tucked it in his belt so he would have mobility for battle. A Roman soldier also carried his sword on his belt. and his breastplate connected to the belt too. So the belt was fundamental, because everything else connected to it. Without his belt, a soldier couldn’t keep himself together. We men use our belts today to hold up our pants and keep our shirts tucked in. It gives us the look we want, keep us neat, holds everything together.
That’s what the truth is designed to do for us spiritually. The truth is an objective standard of reality that stands outside our experiences and above our opinions. That standard of truth is the Word of God. When you’re up against a foe who is trying to take away your joy, your meaning, your future, your family, and even your life, you’d better not go out to battle without your belt of truth on. The belt of truth is becoming more and more important because we live in a world that no longer accepts objective truth. Our children are not taught objective truth in school anymore. We live in a day of “I think” or “That’s your opinion” Everybody has an opinion, everybody has an idea. Truth today is totally relative, and “tolerance” is the current buzzword. That’s why you’ll hear people say “What’s true for you is not necessarily true for me” The devil will whip you if he finds you without your belt of truth. We need to know God’s truth because the devil is a liar. He thrives on lies, so If he can get you in an environment where there is no objective standard of truth, he will milk it for all it’s worth. People say “I don’t want anybody telling me how to live my life.” They don’t want objective truth when it comes to the spiritual world. But the amazing thing to me is that when it comes to other things that really matter, people suddenly want objective standards. For example, nobody wants a surgeon who says in the operating room. “You know, I think this is where I need to cut on you. Other doctors have different opinions about this operation. No one can really say who is right, so all surgeons just cut wherever we think best. Let’s try an incision here and see if I’m right.”
Is that the kind of doctor you want? I don’t either! Suppose you went to a pharmacist who said, “I can’t say for sure, but I think this is the medicine you should take. The pharmacist down the street thinks these pills could kill you, but who knows? What’s right for him isn’t necessarily right for me. Try them and let’s see what happens.” When you’re up in a plane, you want your pilot to be very narrow-minded and very sure about his standard of truth. You don’t want him guessing which button to push or which lever to pull. When we’re in the operating room, we demand and objective standard of truth. When we go to the pharmacist, we want precise standards. And in an airplane at 35,000 feet, we sure enough want truth! Truth is the beginning point of authority. The belt of truth holds your life together and protects you from the lies of the evil one. The belt of truth also keeps us from replacing God’s word with our feelings. If you want real weapons on the spiritual authority, you have to be ready to say that when God’s Word contradicts how you feel, then your feelings are wrong and God’s Word is right.
Satan gets nervous when he sees that you are committed to God’s Truth, because you haven’t left him any loopholes he can get through. Satan is getting at a lot of believers because how they feel is more important that what God says. The belt of truth goes around the “Loins.” the mid-section. This is the area that provides strength to the body, but it is also a vulnerable area that needs protection. When your midsection is protected by truth, you are off to a good start, for Jesus Christ is truth. (John, 14:6