“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist . . .” (Ephesians 6:14a NIV).In Ephesians, Paul tells us to stand firm in our battle with the spiritual forces of evil. He then empowers us with a list of spiritual battle gear that enable us to stand firm. The Belt of Truth is the first Armor of God that Paul describes. Why is this belt or girdle so important? It doesn’t seem as spectacular as the other battle gear — breastplate, shield or helmet.The belt is essential to the fit of the entire Armor of God. The belt strengthens and holds together all of the wearers personal clothing, so that each piece of the armor fits the body perfectly.
In this life, we have two outfits: We have our personal clothing (our sinful flesh) and we have God’s armor (God’s redemptive covering through Jesus Christ). Our personal clothing has a lot of threadbare parts due to our weaknesses and a lot of flaps and folds due to our extravagant sinfulness. We need the Belt of Truth to be wrapped around us to protect our weakness and contain our sinfulness; otherwise, the Armor of God can not be as effective and powerful as it was designed to be.
How do we put on the Belt of Truth? We must let go of trying to look perfect and trying to act like we have no weakness or sin. We must let go of our pretenses and (like the photo above) let it all hang out! We will never be perfect, and there is no need to act like we have it all together.
The articles in this issue are about being transparent to God and honest with ourselves and others. They are about setting aside masks and being truthful about who we are in Christ. Our God has a great plan for us, and He loves us just as we are — failures and all! So let the world know that you are not perfect, and put on the Belt of Truth! You’ll need it. There is a battle raging, and God has armor for you that is just your size!
Blessings to ya!
Alisa Hope Wagner
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