My first tag line for this blog was “Proclaiming the Truth that sets people free.” I still like that tag line, but the Lord spoke to my heart that simplicity is needed for the season we are in; because, Jesus Christ is the Truth that sets people free.
One of my first posts on this blog was, “What is Truth?” I encourage those who are newer to my blog to check it out because it gives a biblical perspective on truth. It helps one understand how truth is established. I’m focusing this post on the revelation the Lord gave me about the belt of truth. This revelation provided the foundation for the post mentioned above.
As I was reading Isaiah, I came across a verse that mentioned spiritual armor I’ve seen many times in Ephesians 6 but for some reason had never seen while reading Isaiah:
For our transgressions are multiplied before You, And our sins testify against us; For our transgressions are with us, And we know our iniquities: Transgressing and denying the LORD, And turning away from our God, Speaking oppression and revolt, Conceiving in and uttering from the heart lying words. Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands far away; For truth has stumbled in the street, And uprightness cannot enter. Yes, truth is lacking; And he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey. Now the LORD saw, And it was displeasing in His sight that there was no justice. And He saw that there was no man, And was astonished that there was no one to intercede; Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, And His righteousness upheld Him. He put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle. (Isa 59:12-17 NASB)
Paul’s oft-quoted passage in Ephesians 6 was simply repeating what the Lord spoke through the prophet Isaiah. Paul made a New Testament application based on the finished work of Jesus Christ. The Lord spoke to my heart how the breastplate and helmet are the primary pieces and God the Father provides them through Jesus Christ. Where He began speaking to me something fresh and new was along the lines of the belt of truth. Many times I have heard teaching saying this either refers to our need to memorize scripture or us walking in integrity, but the way it was taught never completely settled in my heart. While both applications are accurate when referencing truth, the Lord brought me clarity after reading Isaiah. I believe scripture is the best interpreter of itself, and looking at the writings of an author in other contexts helps us understand his/her intent. In Romans it says:
“By no means! Let God be found true though every human being is false and a liar, as it is written, That You may be justified and shown to be upright in what You say, and prevail when You are judged [by sinful men]. [Ps. 51:4.]” (Rom 3:4 AMP).
The Apostle Paul ties truth to the character of God and lies to the fallen heart of men as it is written. Where is it written? It’s written in Isaiah 59. So the truth Paul refers to in the belt of truth is not our integrity but God’s integrity. Because of God’s integrity, the truth behind God’s word should trump everything we hear contrary to it. Now I’m sure some people reading this blog are going, “Well, duh” but there is a difference between head knowledge and personal revelation. Head knowledge allows someone to repeat what’s in their head even if their life doesn’t reflect it, while revelation produces a radical life change that transforms an individual.
This is why Paul used the belt to describe truth; because, it is the foundation upon which a Roman Centurion’s armor rests. Likewise, understanding truth is the foundation upon which our Christian walk rests. Truth is every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, and we are to put our complete trust in it—even with our lives. When we have a revelation of God’s character we also have a revelation of truth that transforms our lives; because, God’s promises become real to us and give us peace no matter what circumstance we face.
As we learn in the book of Numbers, “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” (Numbers 23:19 NLT), and in Psalm 89, “My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of my lips” (Psalm 89:34 NKJV).
God proved His character through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is why Paul says in 2 Corinthians:
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV).
When we read the gospels we see the character of God described in the Old Testament in every word and deed of Jesus Christ. Every time we read about Jesus Christ and meditate on His ministry we are reminded that we can believe God. When we read about the people Jesus healed, we are reminded that God the Father is our Healer. When we read about Jesus feeding the 5000, we are reminded that God the Father is our provider. When we read about Peter walking on the water or Jesus changing the water to wine, we are reminded that God is a miracle working God who will part our figurative Red Seas to bring to pass His divine plan for our lives.
As we look upon Jesus and see the love and character of God, our confidence grows in Him and the Lord becomes bigger than our circumstances. We become like the writer of Psalm 91 and say to others, “His truth shall be your shield and our buckler” (Psalm 91:4 NKJV), and we can confidently put on the rest of our spiritual armor now that our belt is attached.
Because of confidence in God’s character and His promises, a believer puts on the breastplate of righteousness and helmet of salvation. Believers who don’t have a revelation of God’s truth will struggle with the breastplate and helmet. Instead, they look at themselves or their circumstances and don’t trust what God says. They constantly tell you they’re not good enough or wonder if they are really saved, but every follower of Christ can put on their armor because of God’s promise fulfilled in Jesus Christ. No one is good enough. That’s why Jesus came to the earth. We put on Christ’s righteousness not our own.
Because of confidence in God’s character and His promises: a believer puts on shoes of readiness to share the good news with anyone who will listen; a believer picks up their shield of faith to block the devil’s fiery darts and the sword of the Spirit to go on the attack. A believer confidently declares, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV) in the midst of dire circumstances. A believer submits to God’s promises and resists the devil knowing the devil must flee. A believer believes every word that God says is true and walks in victory.
But the key is looking upon Jesus Christ. As long as we look to Christ and trust in God’s character our armor remains on. As soon as we look away, our armor is removed and we become vulnerable.
This revelation brought Psalm 1:1-3 into perspective. When it teaches blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly or stand in the path of sinners or sit at the seat of scoffers. Instead he loves the instructions of the Lord and meditates on those day and night. This results in having the right spiritual fruit in its season and everything he does prospers.
This revelation motivated me to replace all the advice I had received outside of godly influences, even if it was good advice, with scripture. I was at a crossroads in my job situation. I was passed over for promotion and learned I wasn’t qualified to change careers. I was seeing how the “good advice” I received from others was not producing the promised fruit.
The Lord spoke to my heart about truth and turned knowledge into revelation. I stopped following the advice of others and did what Psalm 37:3 instructed me to do: to trust God, do good, dwell in the land and feed on God’s faithfulness. I closed all the doors I had opened to find another job and put God’s word to the test. Three weeks later wheels were put into motion that radically changed my work circumstances. Over time I was promoted, my income increased by 16%, and I’m about to start a new position this fall—all without my manipulating my circumstances. I simply was faithful in my current position, did good as instructed, and trusted God to fulfill the rest of the promise in Psalm 37:3-5:
“Trust in the LORD and do good; [d]well in the land and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, [a]nd He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, [t]rust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:3-5 NKJV).
Put on the belt of truth and you will find the rest of God’s armor just slides into place.