God instructs us to abide by His Word so that we will know the truth and the truth shall make us free. Free from what? Free from the bondage of sin and the evil one. The Word of God is truth. The opposite of truth is lies and deception. To engage the enemy during spiritual warfare and his attacks of lies and deception, we must put on spiritual armor, the belt of God’s truth.
Believers In order to be free, we have to read and study the Word of God daily, period. We must have spiritual wisdom to get free and stay free. We can’t fight the kinds of spiritual battles with which we’re faced today without knowing the “truth.” Satan can and will continue to manipulate, deceive, and shock believers with His attacks if we can’t combat him with God’s truth.
A belt supports and holds up. It encircles our entire waist which is the center of our bodies. It encompasses us. It encloses our center. If during a spiritual attack of lies and deception, we are wearing the belt of God’s truth, we are free from the impact of Satan’s lies which has the tendency to cause us to fall down in our faith. But the armor of God’s truth surrounds us and holds us up against the enemy’s lies. We can defeat the lies and deception of the enemy.
A belt in the Roman military around 3 B.C., acted as a symbol. The belt signified that the person wearing the belt was indeed a soldier in the army. As believers, when we wear the belt of truth, the enemy and his principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places should flee when they see us coming. Why? Because wearing God’s truth signifies that we are soldiers in God’s army. Satan does not want to mess with a believer who knows God’s truth.
The belt for believers signifies that we are subject to God which means we obey God’s principles and we know how to resist the lies and deception of the enemy. If the attack doesn’t line up with the Word of God, then it can’t knock us down. We are supported and “held up” by God’s truth. Lies and deception about our health, our marriages, our children, our jobs, our finances, our spiritual wisdom, and our pasts cannot knock us down or catch us off guard. We only receive the truth. Nothing else can penetrate our circle.
Fight back. Keep your belt pulled tightly around your waist. In battle, the tightened belt gave the appearance of a larger chest and upper body. The chest appeared to be “stuck out” or enhanced. Believers, you can stick out your chests because you are protected by the armor of the belt of God’s truth. But stay sober, your enemy the devil prowls around like a lion, seeking whom he can devour (1 Peter 5:8). Dr.J.
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:14-18 NLT, emphasis mine).