The Belt of Truth
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes...Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist” (Ephesians 6:11,14a).
The Devil, Satan, is our great enemy who works tirelessly to undermine God’s plans, sow deception and diminish the Church’s effectiveness in completing the Great Commission. As a defeated enemy he has nothing to lose and everything to gain. His primary arsenal in the spiritual war we are all engaged in is to plant lies amidst God’s truth. He is the “father of lies” (John 8:44), yet often comes to us in a deceptive guise, masquerading as an ‘angel of light’ (2 Corinthians 11:14). When he approached Eve in the garden, he did not do so in his own true hideous form, but as a helpful serpent intent on shedding light on the real reason God had forbidden they eat from the Tree of Good and Evil, “you will become just like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). It wasn’t a complete lie, but he left out some very important details; and, as we know, Eve fell for the original conspiracy theory.
Is it any wonder then that the first piece of armour that Paul tells us to strap on is the ‘belt of truth?’ In order to fully understand the necessity of this belt, we must first understand the function of a belt in a Roman soldier’s armour–it was not something he used to keep his pants up or added as a fashion accessory. Every soldier knew that it was foolish to enter the battle without his belt securely in place. Unlike our use of belts, a Roman soldier’s belt functioned more like modern day athletic equipment used to protect a most vulnerable area of our bodies–it protected a soldier’s groin area much like an athlete is protected by a groin guard. This area of the body, though not containing any vital organs, is susceptible to immobilizing injury.
Truth protects us from Satan’s lies in much the same way. Though he does at times try, Satan often doesn’t attack us in a frontal assault determined to rip out our hearts or decapitate us; he specializes in watering down the truth, lulling us into complacency and when he has weakened our defenses sufficiently, comes in for the kill. He may not initially try to attack us outright, but his goal remains the same–weaken, immobilize and attack!
We have been assured that we can stand up against our enemy, but only if we pay careful attention to the armour we are to wear. If our belt of truth is frayed, missing pieces or is made of inferior quality, we give Satan an area to attack us through. The condition of our ‘belt of truth’ is also integral to the quality of the rest of our battle gear. Satan is a master at disguise and he is a dealer of counterfeit goods. He even has mass produced counterfeit armour for the Church! Only with the belt firmly in place can we discern God’s armour vs. Satan’s fakes. In the days to come, it is my plan to shed some light on the other pieces of God’s protective armour. We are in a war against a foe who knows no rules of war–he fights by no rule other than what achieves him greatest success against God and His children. We must be fully prepared!
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!