The belt of truth
Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth.
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” says Jesus (John 8:32). But what will the truth set us free from?
First of all, it sets us free from the snares of deception. When people know the truth, they can’t be taken in by a lie. You can’t convince people to believe in something that they know in their hearts and minds is false.
The truth will also set you free from guilt and shame. When you’ve held tightly to the truth, you don’t have to worry about a lie coming back to haunt you. You don’t spend your nights lying awake wondering what words of deception might trap and ensnare you. You are free to live with a clean conscience and an innocent heart.
Finally, the truth sets you free from judgment. When you trust in the truth of Jesus, you have no more fear of death — physical or spiritual. You know his promises to be true and his words to be life-giving. You can no longer be bound by Satan’s lies.
The belt of truth Paul writes about is the strap that holds together the entire armor of God. Without it, everything else would fall away and Satan would have an open target to your heart. So take the truth of Christ, and latch it firmly around your waist. Let it set you free!
Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House
Blessings come from applying God’s Word.
This is a very powerful message. I often reflect on how the enemy tries to flood our minds with deception – like depression, worry, and fear. If I find myself being chased by deception, it is the truth – that the peace of God should rule in my heart and guard my mind, that God has not given me a spirit of fear, and that the joy of the Lord is my strength – that girds my loins. Awesome blog!
Thanks, Marcia. The joy of the Lord is our strength! Powerful! And the better way to think about it! Blessings! Sharon