Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.
The Invisible Battle
It’s hard enough fighting an enemy that we can see, but to fight one that’s invisible (Eph. 6:12), that’s humanly impossible, isn’t it? In Ephesians chapter six, Paul is trying to equip believers to fight a spiritual battle, but they need to armor up. They also need the supernatural help of God. God’s supernatural power is within these pieces of equipment. We are no match for Satan and his minions, so we need all the help we can get from God. The good news is that He has already provided us with all that we’ll need to turn away the enemy. One thing we will need for sure is the belt of truth.
The Belt of Truth
In Ephesians 6:14, Paul tells believers that they need to fasten on the belt of truth. Something very critical in this verse is the fact that it’s on us–we must fasten on the belt because God won’t do it for us. So what is the belt of truth? Jesus always spoke the truth (John 1:14, 8:40; Luke 4:25). Jesus Himself says that He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). The belt of truth is the Word of God, and Jesus is described as the Word (John 1:1, 14). God’s very Word is called truth, and we are sanctified by His truth (John 17:17). As long as you abide in His Word (John 15:4, 7), He will abide in You. Daily Bible reading, memorizing the Word of Truth, meditating on the Word, believing the truth of God’s Word, and, when the enemy attacks, using the truth that is found only in the Word is the most effective weapon you have or will ever need (Eph. 6:17).
One thing about the spiritual equipment that we’ll need to fight an invisible enemy is that we must put on the breastplate, we must fasten the belt, we must put on the shoes, we must take up the whole armor, and we must pick up the sword. Nowhere in these verses does it say that God will put these on for us. It is up to us. To think otherwise would be like expecting God to read His Word to us without our ever having to pick up a Bible. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? God tells us through Paul to fasten on the belt of truth. The Roman soldier that didn’t fasten up his belt was surely not ready for battle and more susceptible to defeat. How will wearing the belt of truth change your daily life? It will keep the truth securely fastened in your life. It will be available to you when you need it, and all believers will need it.
A Closing Prayer
Great God, Your Word is truth, and Jesus is the Truth and the Word of God. Thank You for that powerful tool that I need to equip myself with on a daily basis, which means that I must take up the Word of God daily so that I can fasten on the belt of truth. All these things I pray in Jesus’ mighty name.
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