Todays Bible Teaching and the song is about the armor of God and this is the 4th part in a series. In Ephesians 6:14 we read “Stand firm then! Buckle the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.” What is the belt of truth? And why is truth the belt?

 

Jesus said in John 14:6 (NLT) “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” And in John 15:26 (AMP) “But when the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will testify and bear witness about Me.” Therefore truth is when we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and He fills us with His Holy Spirit.

 

The belt of truth is also the first thing that is mentioned and for a very good reason if you understand what the function of the belt or girdle is. The Belt held everything together and was what the sword was connected to.  When the solder has the belt on he is ready to put on the other pieces, is alert for when the master comes to order him into battle. He is ready and can run quickly without stumbling or tripping, because his belt is firmly on his lions up and out of the way and everything is firmly held together and in place. Jesus who is truth has given us the Holy Spirit as a belt that will firmly hold everything together so we will not fall but will be ready and alert for when our Master and King gives us our marching orders.

The next teaching will be on the breastplate of righteousness so until next time have a blessed and fruitful Bible study.

 

Norman

 

 
Voice of Truth (Casting Crowns)

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes to climb out of this boat I’m in
Onto the crashing waves
To step out of my comfort zone
To the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He’s holding out his hand
But the waves are calling out my name and they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again, “Boy, you’ll never win!”
“You’ll never win”

CHORUS:
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
And the voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a Sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand
But the giant’s calling out my name and he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again, “Boy, you’ll never win!”
“You’ll never win”

CHORUS:
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
And the voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me (Calling out to me)
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves they don’t seem so high
From on top of them looking down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over me

CHORUS:
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
And the voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
I will listen and believe
I will listen and believe the voice of truth
I will listen and believe
Because Jesus you are the voice of truth
And I will listen to you
You are…

“The unattended garden will soon be overrun with weeds; the heart that fails to cultivate truth and root out error will shortly be a theological wilderness.” – A.W. Tozer
 

Just the other day we celebrated the anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France on 6 June 1944. It has been my high honor to serve as a military chaplain and I have personally heard the stories of many who participated in that invasion. One story about WWII sticks out. It involved the battle of Anzio. The LST was about to land and the troops would soon have to leave their armored plated cocoon and face an entrenched enemy who, in all probability, was prepared to mow them down with withering machine gun fire.

 

The officer in charge told the men, “We all know that once this door opens, if we all just try and make it on our own, somehow most of us will be killed. (They could already hear rounds hitting the LST.) Here is what we’re going to do. You, grab on to my belt, and each of the others grab onto the belt of the man in front of you. It’s our best chance to survive.” He was right. The only two who didn’t survive the initial landing were the commander and the first man behind him.

 

I think today of another story told to me my pastor colleague, who was also a Navy veteran. He reminded me that at boot camp they trained in a firefighting simulator that filled with smoke. Pastor Larry reminded me that it was not only important for each sailor to grab the belt of that man who went before to save his own life; it was equally vital for those sailors behind them. The ones who would follow behind were relying on the ones who went before to escape the smoke and survive the confusion.

 

The Bible tells us that our spiritual armor consists of swords and shields, but it also contains a belt, a belt of truth. St Augustine wrote:

 

What is Truth?

 

“When regard for truth has been broken down or even slightly weakened, all things will remain doubtful.”

 

In this scandal ridden era of lying politicians and a complicit press, perhaps it might be a good idea to grab the belt of those who have gone before. The very word used to describe truth in the New Testament is aleithia — literally “no concealment.” We are in a war that at its core is spiritual and demonic. “In war, truth is the first casualty,” wrote Aeschylus.

 

Stability, certainty and trustworthiness, these are all synonyms of truth. They are also sadly lacking and rapidly disappearing in our day. Truth is not to be found in Washington D.C., or Hollywood, or on the college campus. Or, sadly, even in many pulpits anymore.

 

The agent of Rome, with all the authority of the most powerful state that had ever existed, looked at the Son of God: “What is truth?” he asked. He had no idea that the source of truth itself was looking back at him. I don’t know about you, but in these perilous days I am going to grab the belt of the saints that have gone before and trust the one who said, “I am the Way, the truth and the life . . ..”

 

By Pastor Jim Jenkins