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“Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth…” (Eph. 6:14, NLT).
A few months ago, I had a dream that meant so much to me. In the first part of the dream, I was embarrassed about something I felt I had done wrong. However, in the second part of the dream, I heard God’s voice speaking to me so gently and tenderly. He was reassuring me that it was okay. And then He began to show me photographs of myself that He had taken. Each of these pictures portrayed me the way He sees me. Through each of them, He was showing me something sacred and precious that He treasures in me. My spirit thrilled with joy as I wrote the dream down and processed it with Him.
The next day, an angry person left a comment on my new blog post. In it, they said some particularly hateful things about me. Now, usually I would not bother to even mention that here in this context. But I need to do so to illustrate a vitally important truth for you. You see, in general I have a very sensitive nature. Words of affirmation are one of my main love languages. Conversely, words of criticism tend to stick their barbs into me and trouble my thoughts and emotions. So normally, a blog comment like that would have taken a lot of effort for me to shake off.
That day, though, the hateful comment quickly bounced off of me and was gone. It barely affected me at all. What was the difference there? The dream from the day before had activated my spiritual armor. God had spoken His viewpoint to my heart of hearts. He had girded me about with its unbreakable truth. He had shown me the way He thinks of me. He had filled and enveloped me with His perspective, the one true perspective that governs reality. His truth is real amor. Wrapped in it, I was unreachable by the enemy’s attempts to hurt me.
For this reason, the very first piece of armor that Daddy gives us in His Ephesians 6 list is the belt of truth. He knows what an amazing provision He is handing us when He says, “Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth…” (Eph. 6:14, NLT). When we find out what God’s truth is, we really can stand our ground victoriously every time the enemy comes against us.
Where does a belt go? Around the waist. Around the part of us where so many of our organs are. These organs are not covered in protective bones as the heart and lungs are. This symbolizes those parts of our soul that are particularly vulnerable. God wants to cover and protect our vulnerability. So He gives us His truth as an impenetrable armored layer for our inward parts. When His truth is in place, no weapon can get through to even the most sensitive, susceptible parts of us.
Remember this, too. When we put on the armor of God, we are clothing ourselves with Jesus Himself. (For more about that, make sure and check out last week’s episode, if you didn’t yet get a chance to). When we put on the belt of truth, we are putting on the Savior, the Light of the World. We are putting on the Person of Truth. Jesus beautifully expressed about Himself, “…And you shall know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free” (John 8:32, Weymouth).
I love how the Weymouth translation capitalizes “Truth” in this verse, because Truth is a Person! Truth is Jesus. He disclosed this to His disciples, explaining, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.” (John 14:6, Weymouth). So it’s Jesus Himself that protects your most vulnerable places with the resplendence of His nature. When you wear the belt of truth, you wear Him.
Notice how He brought our attention to the importance of “knowing” the Truth. “…And you shall know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free.” The Greek word He used for “know” was ginosko, which means to know something personally, intimately, and experientially. In other words, we need a personal and intimate relationship with the Truth. We need to experience Truth for ourselves.
How? The Holy Spirit makes this accessible to us. One of His names is the Spirit of Truth. Makes sense, right? The Spirit of Jesus is the Spirit of Truth. Here is what Jesus promised us about His Spirit: “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me” (John 15:26, NKJV).
One of Holy Spirit’s main jobs is to testify of Jesus. He comes to live inside of you when you get born again. From then on, He actively, dynamically begins the life-long process of revealing Jesus to you. The more you come to know Jesus intimately, personally, and experientially, the more Truth makes you free. A direct result of this is that you learn better and better how to wear Truth every day into your battles.
Here’s something amazing to think about. 1 Corinthians 6:17 teaches us, “But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him” (ESV). Have you given your life to Jesus? Then you are one with His Spirit. You are one with the Spirit of Truth. It is from this place of oneness that we experience this promise from Jesus: “But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is” (John 16:13, MSG).
How we need this! God’s truth protects us against the onslaught of lies that the enemy sends against us every day. Lies are one of His main weapons. He is the father of lies. The worst pain he inflicted on humanity came through a lie when he said to Eve, “You will not surely die.” From then on, he has been wounding us through His deceit.
He has two favorite things to lie to us about: One, God’s identity. And two, our identity in God. If he can get us to believe lies about these two fundamental building blocks of our existence, he can seriously stunt our growth in God. So he puts all the energy of his being into trying incessantly to do so.
When we come into intimate knowledge of the Truth, he can’t fool us so easily any more. How vital it is for us to progressively grow in the knowledge of God’s Truth! Most especially, we need to grow in the heart knowledge of who He is. This is the Truth that will set us free.
So every day, ask to know Him more. Every day, ask Holy Spirit to testify to you about Jesus. He will. Remember, you are one with Him. You are one with the Spirit of Truth. How it delights Him to take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is! As you cultivate your relationship with God, every day you will come into deeper, personal, experiential knowledge of Jesus the Truth.
As you do, wear Him every morning. Put on the belt of Truth. Step into what He says about you, His precious treasure. His opinion of you – wrap it around your most vulnerable places. What He shares with you about Himself, His nature, His ways – fasten that around your inmost being. The more you walk intimately with Jesus the Truth, you just watch – those lies will no longer be able to penetrate. They won’t reach the susceptible places of your soul. They will bounce off of you and fall to the ground unheeded, trampled under your feet.
So buckle up that belt, mighty warrior. Jesus has victory for every one of your battles. Today, and every day moving forward… the Truth is making you free!
What is your favorite Scripture about who God is? What is your favorite Scripture about God’s view of you?