"Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist". -Ephesians 6:14
The thing about a lie is, once it is told, it is sure that the truth will be revealed. Once the truth is revealed, trust is lost. The thing I have learned about the belt of truth is that it holds all of the rest of the armor in place. A life of integrity, with a clear conscience, can stop the enemy in his tracks without fear. Jesus instructs us to be ready and dressed in Luke 12:35. Prepare your minds! This is His instruction for us. Make sure your conscience is clear because to be fully dressed means the belt of truth is buckled and everything is firmly in place.
Satan is a liar.
"You belong to the father, the devil, and you want to carry your father's desire. He was a murdered from the beginning, not holding the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." -John 8:44
Straight from our Saviors lips he explains that you can not be the daughter of the King and be the daughter of the devil. Who's your daddy? You can make mistakes in your life, you will sin, you will live in the flesh, you will be human; our Heavenly Father knows this. What you need to know with all certainty is that you are His. You are the daughter of the King, the Lover of your soul, the One who created you, the One who blesses your spirit, and the One who will go to battle for you; need I go on? Know who you belong too. Remind yourself daily. It is essential to buckling on your armor and letting the belt of truth do it's job.
The belt does hold all the parts together that we previously studied. There is a reason I gave them to you backwards. I wanted you to mentally strap each peace on each day and understand their purpose leading up to the truth. With the belt of truth holding it all in place you WILL BE victorious.
The belt also held the sword. The Sword of Truth the truth of God's Word goes together. Unless we practice the truth, we cannot use the Word of truth. Once a lie gets into the life of a believer, everything begins to fall apart.
King David lied. His lie and deceit grew and grew. He lied about Bathsheba and it was all down hill from there until he he confessed and cleared his conscience. It was a brutal lie that cost lives. Psalms 32 and 51 tell of the price he paid.
Since we are fighting against our enemies in the spirit world, in the heavenly places, we need special equipment for offense and defense. God has provided it all, the full armor, the "whole armor" for us. It is important that we do not leave off one single part. Satan will look for the unguarded areas and he has an army following him. Do not let your guard down. Do not forget a piece. (Eph 4:27) "Do not give the devil a foothold."
Paul commands his readers to put on the armor, take up the weapons, withstand Satan. We do it all by faith. We know that Christ has already conquered Satan. We know that the spiritual armor and weapons are available, by faith we accept what God gives us and go out to meet the foe. His fiery darts and lies cannot touch us. The day is evil, and the enemy is evil, but...
"if God is for us, who can be against us?" -Romans 8:31
"God is with her, she will not fail. He will help her at the break of day" -Psalm 46:5
Ladies, you are equipped. Before your feet hit the floor every morning, even if you have to set your alarm 5 mins earlier, lay in bed for just a bit and put your armor on. Empty your mind of the world, ask your Daddy God to capture your worldly thoughts and put on your armor. He created us to be warriors. We are in the army now! We are to strap on our armor and secure it with truth and study His word.
5 mins in the morning will set the entire tone of your day. Sometimes we do forget and we are hurried. We start our day with a jolt and try to move forward. We become of no use and feel beat down. Recently myself, I was trying to take care of a business matter that my husband needed me to handle. My entire morning was a mess, I was jolted from my bed as we had over slept. The kids missed the bus, I took them to school and tried to handle my day. It was a disaster for hours and my husband knew it, I made sure he did. I made a few calls and arrangements to meet with others later in the day so that I could go home and regroup. I had a "Goliath" to slay and I was doing it on my own. I gave myself a full hour to get it together and get my armor on and then asked for God's favor. What had taken me hours earlier (and gotten me nothing but an ill argument with my husband) was accomplished in less than 30 minutes with my armor on.
I cannot stress enough the difference that is made when you are prepared. Again, Jesus was very clear that we are to be dressed and ready (Luke 12:35) We are to prepare our minds. His words, not mine. If you do these things and still have a trying day, just image what it could have been like without your armor. The good news is, Christ can redeem it all and restore what is lost. Just ask. Just believe. Let's pray for ourselves and our husbands today.
Father God, I come to You today to thank You for Your mercies that are new every single morning. I praise You for Your sovereignty. Thank you for my whole armor, that every piece was considered and that every one protects me. Lord, teach me to be faithful in putting my armor on, teach my husband also.. Remind me when I'm missing a piece. Isaiah 40:31 tells me that if I wait for You Lord I will gain new strength and renewed power; that I will be lifted on wings and rise over the enemy like an eagle. From on high Lord, You will help me see where the Liar lurks. He can not hide from You. You promise that I will run and not grow weary; that I will walk and not grow tired. Lord, help me. Help my unbelief Lord when my faith feels too small. Remind me whose I am every morning. I believe Your Word. Without you I can do nothing, not for myself, my husband, or my family. I need You and Your presence in my life. Lead me and guide me by Your Spirit. Show me Your ways. Lead me in the path of righteousness for Your name's sake. In Jesus Holy name, Amen.
I am married to my high school sweetheart. We've been pressing ahead together for over 24 years. We have 5 beautiful children; 3 by my own body and 2 through foster to adopt. I wrote this Bible study in 2009, years ago, for myself and shared it on my blog. It is very dear to my heart. It's been tweaked and edited many times and I'm proud to be bringing it back to you. Over the years I received countless emails from women who credited this study with changing their marriage for the better. Since removing it from my old blog I have received just as many emails asking when it would return. I hope you enjoy spending your time in God's Word with me.