“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…” (Ephesians 6:13-14, NIV).
In Ephesians Chapter 6, the Apostle Paul tells the Christian to arm himself for spiritual warfare. Our chief enemy, the Devil, stands in opposition to us and would like nothing more than to destroy us, both in the present and for all of eternity. Here’s what Jesus, the self-acclaimed “ ‘…way and the truth and the life…’ ” (John 14:6, NIV) said about Satan: “ ‘(He is) …a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies’ ” (John 8:44, NIV).
With this description, it’s no surprise that Paul tells us to get ready for battle, to buckle-up with the belt of truth. Satan will continually lie. It’s his nature. He deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden. He twisted the Word as he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. Deception and falsehood are two of Satan’s primary weapons and he wields them with mastery. Even today, he belittles and berates. He accuses and harasses. Satan continually barrages the Christian with lies such as these: “You’ll never be good enough!”, “You’re unlovable, unforgiveable, unworthy, unredeemable!”
But, Jesus said, “ ‘…the truth will set you free’ ”(John 8:32, NIV). And when we listen to the truth of Christ, we can stand against the Devil’s scheming attacks. So, let’s buckle up for warfare “…with the belt of truth…” (Ephesians 6:14, NIV). It’s our one-size-fits-all defense!