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Holding It all Together: The Belt of Truth

“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.

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Posted by on June 19, 2018 in Armor of God, Uncategorized


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Absolute Truth and the Armor of God

“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth… Mph 6:14a

Why do we need the Armor of God?

Its an interesting question because it is one of those times that the “churchy” answer seems like the correct answer. We need the Armor of God because the Bible tells us that it is important.  We need the Armor of God because we are in a fight for our souls. How many of us, however, actually on a daily basis fight for our Christianity?

Most of us I would venture to say could live our current lives without the Armor of God because we don’t ever find ourselves in a war with this world.  If the world or the spiritual powers that Christ calls us to stand firm against attack we are all to happy to just move on down the line thinking “I’ll fight the next one.” After all the world might be correct on this issue.

That is the bottom line.  Most christians today, whether they would admit it or not, do not believe in the absolute truth of the Bible.  If the bible is in contradiction with what the world tells us we are quick to align ourselves with the world.  We don’t investigate, we don’t struggle, and we don’t pray over these issues because there truth may be just as valid as ours.

The absolute truth of the Gospel is the only reason we have to fight.  Take away that truth and we may as well hang up all the other pieces of the armor because no one fights for something they know is not true.  Without the Absolute Truth of the gospel every part of our armor is weekend to the point of being harmful to us.

The Belt of Truth

Truth in life as with the Armor of God is the single thing on which we hold up ever part of our lives.  If you have ever had a belt that you thought would hold give out on you then you know the danger you can be in if a truth that you held give way.  No mater if it is serious or silly when something you know to be true is proven false it can reck your beliefs.

This is why Paul set up the truth of the gospel as the belt for our spiritual Armor.  If for any reason the bible is not true than ever thing that we hang on that belief becomes useless in the fight.

The Breastplate of Righteousness

Righteousness is the defense of the major part of our body.  The largest thing that can be attacked is our actions and attitudes.  This is why it is good that we are not clothed in our righteousness but in the righteousness of God.  However, if the truth of the gospel is not absolute  than we are counting on our own righteousness to save us and that would be worse than useless in the spiritual battles we fight.

The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

We can have peace in God because we are comforted by his grace.  The protection we have in Him gives us “a peace of God that surpasses all understanding”.  We walk in that peace daily and take comfort in the fact that we can live worry free because God is in control.  If truth is not absolute, however, than we will live in worry over our salvation and our lives needing to control everything or risk loosing it all.

The Shield of Faith

We use our faith in the gospel as a shield to fight off the “flaming darts of the evil one” that when we are attacked by worry, guilt, or shame we can defend ourselves with the knowledge and faith in the Armor of God.  If truth is not absolute, we are not defended by a shield, but instead hobbled by a crutch that slows us from taking actual control of our lives or as Paul puts it.

“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 1Cor 15:19

The Helmet of Salvation

It is the knowledge of salvation that protects and transforms our mind.  We are ultimately not afraid of the things of this world because we know that we have be saved for a future place.  If truth of the gospel is not absolute then we have only a wisp of protection and are in danger of grievous harm because of the snares of this world.

Why do we put on the Armor of God?

Because the Truth of the Gospel is our reason to fight, our reason to go to war, and in war we must be protected from the evil one.


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Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Through the Bible, Uncategorized


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Bursting the Bubble of Wisdom

“And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven” Ecc 1:13a

Before i begin to describe what Solomon has to say on the subject of wisdom and its uselessness, I feel i should take at least a second to explain the title of my blog.  In studying the book of Ecclesiastes I was struck by a description of vanity that was given by Waren Wiersbe:

“It is whatever is left when you pop a soap bubble.”

So as we look into the first few chapters of Ecclesiastes we should be looking for those things that remain after Solomon bursts a few soap bubbles.

Solomon started out his final book on wisdom describing the monotonous way that life seems to progress.  Nothing new happens and everything just cycles back to where it came from only to cycle back there again.  It is strikingly similar to how many eastern religions view life!

On the surface you can see where these religions might get this idea, Solomon lays it out clearly for us.  All of life that we can see is cycles, so why not believe that our lives are just on a cycle as well.  What use is being good, or moral, or kind if we are just the latest cycle of a never ending pattern?

It is these traps of wisdom that Solomon describes as first catching his mind.  In these very verses he changes from historian to philosopher as he applies all his wisdom and learning to the problems of life.  Solomon then comes up with three basic principles that he sees in life.

1. Life is hard, but ultimately from God

“I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven.  It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.”

Solomon found that ultimately life is a gift from God as is work, but that does not mean that life is in any way easy.  Since the fall of man the work that God gave us has been cursed to be hard (Gen 3:14).  The gift of God was corrupted and what was meant to be a joy and a purpose has turned into a chore.  However we are still called by God to work and to find joy in him as we do the work that he has given to us.

2. Life once lived cannot be changed

“What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted.”

Solomon was using his wisdom not only, to look at what life was about now, but also to  examine his past life.  He uses this proverb to illustrate the point that to try and spend our days making the past where we messed up look strait is just “vanity and striving after the wind.”  There is only one who can make our lives clean and that is God.  Solomon ultimate statement here is that you can spend your whole life trying to make up for what you did, but it won’t change anything.  Instead we should live our lives for Christ who has forgiven our pasts and made purposeful our future.

3. Life’s problems cannot always be solved

“And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly.  I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind.”

Solomon uses his last moments talking about wisdom to make clear that he was the smarted and most knowledgeable man that had ever lived at his time and the one thing he figured out was that he would never have it figured out.  You could search for answers till you are blue in the face and still never find them because they are questions that will not be answered this side of heaven.

Solomon, in fact, figured out what philosophers years after him would describe this way:  “Ignorance is bliss”  He figured out the dirty secret that the more you know the more you understand that you don’t know anything.  The smarter we get the more we realize its all useless because we can never truly have all the answers.  That is why Solomon ends this chapter with this simple statement:

“For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.”

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Posted by on August 10, 2016 in Ecclesiastes, Uncategorized


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