“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth…” Eph 6:14
The jeans are lying to you!
This is an indisputable truth everyone should learn as young as possible. How many times has each one of us been fooled into thinking our jeans were tight enough out of the wash to wear without a belt? How many times have we gotten halfway through a day only to find that as we have moved and stretched our jeans have given out and started to fall?
The truth is most men at least have had a false sense of security given to us by our pants early in the day only to have our need for a belt become embarrassingly clear right after lunch. Truthfully for most of us the belt is the only thing standing in the way of our universal acceptance into the plumbers guild. (wink wink)
To say that belts have saved men from embarrassment on many occasions is an understatement, yet there is no National Belt Day. No recognition whatsoever for the humble belt maker saving the world from more crack than the drug war. The reason for this is simple, we don’t usually praise things for doing there job.
The job of a belt is to hold everything up and together.
So it is that the job of the Belt of Truth is to hold up and together the rest of the Armor of God. It is first on the list of what we should be equipping daily. We are to never leave our bed as Christians without first equipping Truth.
What then is this Truth that we are to be equiping? What Truth holds up and together every other piece of the full Armor of God?
We are to equip ourselves with the Truth of Who God Is and To What God Calls Us.
1. Who Is God?
This is a deep subject to try and tackle in a single lesson. To fully detail who our God, the one true God, is would take a lifetime. However, there are lessons taught to us by the Bible that can give us a framework for God’s character.
Elyon “God Most High”
First and foremost the God whom we serve is the Most High God. He was here before the creation of the world (Gen 1:1) and He will be here at its end. He is the God who controls all things. It is because of Him that we exist and it is through Him we have salvation in Jesus. (Jn 3:16) He set the oceans in there place and they remain because of Him. (Pr 8:29)
This should be our thought every morning that we serve the God who is all powerful. There is security in knowing that the God who commands us is the God who commands everything. Every day we should equip ourselves with the Truth that Our God Reigns Supreme.
Jehovah – Jireh “God who Provides”
Not only do we serve the God who is above all else, but also we serve a God who cares and provides. There are countless examples in the Word of God when God provided shelter, food, water, and protection to his people.
We serve a God who will “provide all our needs according to his riches” (Phil 4:19) This is a God worthy of our service and we should wake up every day equipping ourselves with the Truth that our God Provides.
Adonai “God our Father”
For those of us who live as Christians this should be the Truth of God in which we most rest. The fact that we have been adopted into the very family of the Most High God. God is our father and like a good father he wants to see us prosper and for us to reflect glory on the family name. He chose us as His children and there is nothing that can me done by us or anyone else to be stripped of this family. We should equip ourselves with the Truth of our family daily.
2. What God Calls Us To
Like the previous question answering what God calls us to can be extremely complex, however, it can also quite simple.
God calls us to know Him and Make Him Known.
That is it! We are called in this world to have a relationship with God and to help others come to know God as well. This is not an easy process and it can often lead us into situations that are uncomfortable. Still it is this Truth that we should equip ourselves with daily….We are to know God and make Him known.
These are the Truths that hold up our faith. These are the Truths Paul calls us to equip daily. The truth of “Who God Is” and “To What God Calls Us”. If these are daily strapped on it will hold together and up all the other parts of God’s Armor.