The Belt. Ephesians 6:14. Today, we are going to discuss the 1 st and most important piece of our armor— the Belt of Truth. F or many years the 2 nd best-selling book in the English language was John Bunyan's Pilgrim’s Progress (1600’s).
Today, we are going to discuss the 1st and most important piece of our armor—the Belt of Truth.
Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory of the spiritual journey all believers are on.
At the climax,he writes, “Apollyonseeing his opportunity began to gather up close to Christian and wrestling with him gave him a terrible blow! Christian fell and his sword flew out of his hand. Apollyon then said, ‘I am sure to win now!’ But as Apollyon was preparing to deliver the final blow to make a full end of this good man, Christian nimbly reachedout his hand for his sword and he caught it and Christian said, ‘Rejoice not against me, O my enemy! When I fall, I shall rise’”(Micah 7:8).
“And with that Christian gave him a deadly thrust which made Apollyon fall back as one that has received a mortal wound. Christian perceiving this thrust again, said, ‘Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us’” (Romans 8:37). “With thatApollyon spread forth his dragon’s wings and sped away so that Christian saw him no more.”
Given the same situation could you have done the same thing?
Do you know how to use your spiritual weapon—the Word of God?
The sad fact is that there are many believers who are standing on the battlefield undressed.
Ephesians 6:10-11 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evilspirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth...(NKJV)
Stand = to stand upright
When you’ve put on the armor of God, you have every reason to stand up straight and be confident.
If God be for you, then who can be against you?
For God did not give you a spirit of fear but of love power and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers us out of them all (Psalm 34:19).
Philippians 1:28 – Don't be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God Himself. (NLT)
We reflect the nature of the world we’re most aware of.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (NKJV)
Don’t you think that is odd?
Why the belt first?
When you ignore the Word of God & don’t apply it to your life on a daily basis, you’re choosing to let your spiritual life to fall apart.
Why is my life such a mess?
Where did my peace go?
Where is the victory I used to experience?
The Belt of Truth is the one piece that is directly related to the effectiveness of the other pieces.
Shoes of Peace: Do you want peace in your life?
Colossians 3:15-16– Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts . . . 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you. (NASB)
Richly = extreme extravagance, luxurious living
How does faith become a reality in your life?
Romans 10:17 – So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.(NKJV)
If you neglect the Word, it is only a matter of time before you feel condemned in every area.
Salvation = sozo = deliverance, safety, soundness of mind, and healing.
How do you walk in God’s deliverance, safety, soundness of mind and healing on a daily basis?
How then do you put on the helmet of salvation?
2 Timothy 3:15 – You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.(NLT)
As you renew your mind on the Word of God, the power contained in the Word becomes a helmet.
A person with a Bible that is falling apart usually has a life that isn’t.
If you want sustained victory in this battle, you need to make the Word of God central in your life.
Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.
Stand your ground! Don’t allow the enemy to have one inch of your life! Take up your sword of the Word and use it wisely!