The Armor of God

The Belt of Truth

The first piece of armor Paul mentions in Ephesians 6:14 is "the belt of truth" (New International Version).

Why a belt?

The belt—known as the cingulum or balteus—played a crucial role in the effectiveness of a soldier's armor. It was the belt that held the scabbard, without which there would be no place to put a sword. Imagine an overzealous soldier, fired up and charging out into battle—but without his belt, and consequently without a weapon!

In addition, the Nelson Study Bible says from the belt "hung strips of leather to protect the lower body." The Matthew Henry Commentary says the belt "girds on [secures] all the other pieces of our armor." Truth should cleave to us as a belt cleaves to our body.

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What does the bible say about truth?

Questions to consider

What are some of the most clever illusions you've seen the enemy craft in your own life or in the life of a friend?

What were some consequences the enemy tucked in the "fine print"?

Taken from Armor of God pg. 43

What is your response when you desire something outside of God's Word (truth)?

The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer | Session 2

What do you do?

  • Do what you want to do and pray for forgiveness later?

  • Grit your teeth and force your actions to God's standard?

  • Try to massage God's Word so it fit in with your desires?

  • Cry out in prayer and try to ride it out patiently, trustingly?

  • Talk to somebody about what you're struggling with? Accountability Partner?

  • Something else entirely?

Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

2 Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

What does your belt look like? How secure is it?

Imagine a belt with a segment missing. No matter how tiny the sliver that isn't there, the belt is still useless. To do its job, it must be one continuous, unbroken piece.

Now imagine living a way of life you don't completely agree with. Maybe it doesn't seem like a big deal—after all, what are a couple minor points that you're not sure about?

They are everything. To try to live God's way without total belief in its validity is like trying to hold your sword up with a belt that isn't continuous. Neither will work. Our trust in God and His Word must be solid, without break, or else we will quickly find ourselves without a weapon. No matter how effective the rest of our armor is, we are useless without our sword. We need to be rightly dividing the word of truth—knowing what we believe, and why.

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