Ephesians 6 talks about putting on the whole armour of God that we might be able to fight in this spiritual warfare that we as believers are constantly engaged in. The one part of the armour that always engages me is that of the Belt of Absolute Truth..
- The quality or state of being true
- Fact or belief that is accepted
- In accordance with fact or reality
- Something that is true: Accurate, Exact, Without variation, Bring an object into exact shape or position.
- Worn to support or hold in clothes or carry weapons
- Continuous band of material used in machinery to move something from one wheel to another
- Implement of punishment
What we consider to be TRUTH affects our belief system. What we believe of God is based on what we know and hold to be true of God. Belief Systems go on to govern a lot of who and what we are. It is important that we have full comprehension of where our truth comes from and what it is we hold true. Prov 23:23 says buy the truth and sell it not.
This is why words are so impact-full on children as they believe all they are told, they hold it true. These words form the basis of what they believe they are, what they believe they are capable of. The absence of absolute truth is also damaging, as often the truth is now based on a) the opinions of others or b) ones imaginations. Often in the absence of the truth, the mind will make up in formation in aims of having something to base future actions and beliefs on. People govern their entire life on what they hold to be true. Wars are started, prejudices are established, divisions are created all over what we hold to be true.
In the days of the apostles the challenge was not so much about what they believed of Jesus to be true. It was not a challenge to prove Jesus’s existence or if He said what He said. They were with Him pretty much night and day so anything He said, they heard for themselves, the challenge on them was physical. For someone to tell them Jesus didn’t exist wouldn’t be much of a challenge as they could simply point Him out.
The challenge of who Jesus is and the words He has said is for us – now that they physical person of Jesus is no longer with us. The enemy is looking to challenge what and who you know to be true, knowing that if he can loosen that belt, other things like your breastplate of righteousness will start to slip, your sword will start to slip, you shield will slip and fall out of place. If the truth is compromised it has as direct effect and reflection on your belief system and perceptions and ultimately your level of faith.
If you read in the word of God that He is a healer, and you hold this to be true. When you encounter sickness, your Belt of Absolute Truth is holding the Sword of the Spirit firmly in place which is the Word of God that allows you to repeat and confess that by His stripes you were healed. If you didn’t hold it to be true, likely your sword would not be in place to allow you to enter into warfare against the sickness because your Belt of Absolute Truth was not adequate,it wasn’t secure enough.
Before Jesus left it was important and crucial for Him to ensure that the disciples were settled and assured in their minds as to what it was they believed. He needed to ensure the quality of their truth basis. While Jesus was with them He was able to direct, govern, steer and direct them. He was able to step in when their faith was little, or when they were sinking, or when multitudes needed to be fed, but He knew that there was coming a time that they would need to be grounded in the truth of who God is as it’s only that, that would go on to govern their belief and their level of faith.
He asked the disciples in Mark 8:27 – “Who do men say that I am?”, they gave their answers. Now while it was ok that they could repeat the opinions of others, the question was changed to establish a more important point. “who do YOU say that I am?”. What other people have to say about God and His word is not sufficient enough to base your own belief system on. The opinions of others are likely and susceptible to change. Additionally, when you are faced with war, you are not able to draw another man’s sword from their belt, this must be from you own belt. Jesus wanted to hear what their truth basis was, what their foundation was, what their grounding was based on. What do YOU know to be true?
It is important that our truth is based on the word of God – only. John 1:1 states that in the beginning was the word, and that the word was with God, and that the word WAS God. John 17:17 Jesus in prayer said “ Sanctify them through thy truth, for thy word is truth”. In these two scriptures we understand that God is His word and that His word stands as absolute truth. We understand sanctification to be the process of separation and being set apart. This is what the absolute truth of the word of God does, it separates. Separates you from doubt, from fear, from confusion, from lies, from sin to name a few. When you are presented with something that comes to challenge the word of God, the Word of God stands as truth and separates you from lies.
What happens when what we hold true is compromised? Consider it literally, if your belt is there to keep your clothes in place, if it becomes loose you’re likely to be left in compromising positions, exposed and ultimately in shame. Consider Adam and Eve in Genesis 3;4. Considering all this time their belt was tight, they knew what God had told Adam, that if you eat of the tree you shall surely die. Now when the devil came to converse with Eve he didn’t challenge IF God had said what He said, that much he could not do.. but instead he challenge WHAT God had said – in aims to loosen the belt. Adam and Eve eat of the tree and as soon as they did, as soon as the belt of truth was compromised and removed you see they automatically felt naked, and ashamed, so much so that they felt the need to cover themselves.
Before this they were fully covered, their righteousness was in place, their belt was in place, their shield was in place, their sword was in place, but as soon as that belt of absolute truth was compromised everything came out of place and they were naked, exposed and in shame.
How can we stop ourselves falling into this? 2 Cor 10:15 says “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” we have to be a )solid in what we hold true so that we are able to combat with the Sword of the Spirit and b) be vigilant to bring down every and anything that would look to exalt itself above the word and knowledge of God. We will constantly be challenged as to what we know is true, and what God can do, but if we are fully grounded in the Word of God, if we have the Word of God in our mouth we are less likely to be found naked and in shame. Your own feeling will often even look to challenge you and loosen your belt. There is no challenge to say your feelings are not real, but the basis of your reactions and further actions are based on you belt of truth – If God said it, so I believe it.