Tighten your belts!
All the defensive parts of the armor were girded close to their bodies of the soldiers using an ornamented belt. In the same way, Christian warriors wearing the armor of God should bind salvation, faith, righteousness and peace unto themselves using the Truth.
The Word of God is the Truth.
“Dedicate them to yourself by means of the truth; your word is truth.” (Joh 17:17)
Jesus is the Word.
“The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us.
We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father’s only Son.” (Joh 1:14)
Therefore, the Truth is always a Person.
“Jesus answered him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life;
no one goes to the Father except by me.” (Joh 14:6)
By Truth alone do we discover who our enemies are, and how they come on to attack us.
By Truth alone do we know where our strength lies. With Truth alone will we prevail.
We are to gird ourselves with Truth against all false religions and against the various winds of doctrine of cunning devils that are aiming to deceive us. Truth should always be near and close to us. Truth will keep us close to God and strengthen us against the assaults and attacks of Satan.
The Truth will set you free.
So Jesus said to those who believed in him, “If you obey my teaching, you are really my disciples; you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (Joh 8:31-32)
The Truth is the judge of your heart.
The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart. (Heb 4:12)
The belt was also used to protect the sensitive reproductive organs of the soldiers. Only by having the Truth will you be fruitful in ministry and able to multiply spiritually.
“I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.” (Joh 15:5)
The belt also protected the legs of the soldiers. Without the Truth you will lose your ability to move freely in the Spirit and will always be dependant on others.
“As a matter of fact, my friends, I could not talk to you as I talk to people who have the Spirit; I had to talk to you as though you belonged to this world, as children in the Christian faith. I had to feed you milk, not solid food, because you were not ready for it. And even now you are not ready for it, because you still live as the people of this world live.” (1Co 3:1-3)
We must become proficient in working with the Truth.
“It is true that we live in the world, but we do not fight from worldly motives. The weapons we use in our fight are not the world’s weapons but God’s powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds. We destroy false arguments; we pull down every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.” (2Co 10:3-5)
The belt of truth, just like the rest of the armor of God,
is Christ himself. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.