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Belt of Truth
Pontius Pilate stood before Christ and asked a fundamental question, when he asked: “What is truth?” I believe that all for us at one time in our lives ask this question, what truth is. Christ came to the earth to share with us the truth of His Father, to lead us back to Him from the place where we were led astray. Christ Himself said that He was the truth, the Way and the Life and that For this cause (to lead the stray people of God back to their Father) was I born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth hears My voice.
By definition, truth is something factual, a true quality, true statement, and obvious fact. It is honesty, conformity, loyalty and accuracy. The word "truth" is actually defined as God. Christ said that He was the Truth a quality that He desires to see in all of us and a quality of life He desires us to live by as He did. Truth is the fundamental part of our lives and that is why in Saint Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he links the belt of the Roman soldier to the truth. The belt of the soldier is the part of his armor that held the rest of the armor in place, without it the armor would not be secure and would not protect the soldier as it should. The same holds true for Saint Paul when paralleling the belt with the truth.
The fundamental part of our faith is the truth, Christ being that truth and we as Christians striving to become like Him. Today, most people have become comfortable with the occasional white lie and while some have become comfortable with the bold face lie. Mankind has lied since the beginning of time. While Christ is the truth, Satan is the father of lies. Lies are so destructive that is has caused nations to crumble and people to be put to death. I do not need to show you how truth and lies differ, the difference is quite clear.
While the truth holds us together, and keeps us on the straight and narrow, the lie on the other hand tears apart and divides; this is the quality of Satan. His plan since the beginning has been to divide God from His creation, a goal that is still in his mind, a goal that he will not give up until his time is over.
In this war between the truth and the lie it is sometimes very hard to tell them apart. The truth is visible and has no lies within it; however with a lie Satan usually puts some truth in it to make it hard to differentiate it from the truth. The difference between the Truth, Christ, and the lie, Satan, is that everything that Christ promised us has either come true or will come true; on the other hand, Satan promises things that he could not possibly give. What he says sounds appeasing and good, but the outcome of his promises usually leads to ruin and destruction.
All of humanity is strained between the truth and the lie. The truth always sets you free, while the lie puts you in greater and greater bondage.
An old adage that my grandmother use to tell me was: When you tell the truth, you do not need to worry about your memory. What on earth does that mean? Plainly, when a person lies, they usually have to tell more lies to cover up what they have been saying, and eventually they cannot remember where the lie began. The foundation of any relationship, between God and man, and between man and man, is truth. Being true to yourself and being true to others. Truth leads to trust, honor and love. Truth leads to the salvation that Christ promised us.
That is why Saint Paul writes about the belt of the armor being the truth. Truth, as I have said earlier, is what holds the rest of the armor together and that truth lead us to the reward of life. Why are wars fought? They are fought to make us free. Christ told us that: If you abide in My Word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. The biggest word in that sentence besides the word truth is the word if. Our salvation, our freedom in Christ is not something to be taken lightly or does it come without a price. Yes, it is free to all who desire it in their lives, it is a gift that is given to us who follow after Christ and His truth, but the freedom we search for is fought on a daily basis in a continual war. The if in that sentence tells us that we have to be active in the war. The if in that sentence tells us that we are to stand up and fight, because whether you are willing to admit it or not we are all involved in the battle between the Truth and the lie. If we hold fast to Christ and His teachings and if we follow after the truth, live in the righteousness, keep in the faith, look toward the salvation that is promised, and use the word of God in our daily battles, if we do all those things, we will live to fight again—if we fail to adhere to the truth, we will fail. The truth leads us to freedom and that freedom is a gift from God.
In the book of Joshua, one of my favorite verses is in Chapter 24: And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
This verse is something I think about daily. Joshua made the conscious decision that he would follow the One who would lead him to his salvation and truth. He did not force anyone to have faith in God, or to follow after the truth, he used another huge word in the English language the word but. He chose to serve the Lord and to fight for him. This battle in these final days is a call to arms. We are called to serve and to fight in the army of God. Most people you see on a daily basis will not enter the Kingdom of God, most will fall along the way and be a casualty of the war. But, until the end, we need to keep fighting not only for our own souls, but we need to keep fighting for others also through our prayers and petitions to God. It is Christ’s desire to see all His creation enter into the rest and glory only He can give. It is his pleasure and happiness to give us the reward of life eternal. We only need to grasp it and live in His truth and we can have what He so wants to give us.