We are at war. Every day. Spiritually. Against Satan. The flesh against the spirit. Temptations abound. It is a fight for our minds. Our hearts. Our eternal souls. Paul reminded us of this spiritual battle when he wrote in Ephesians 6:10-13, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 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 firm.”
Paul tells us we have to fight. We have to be strong. If not then we’ll lose our souls. The only way to stand strong is to put on the armor of God. The whole armor. If we do then we will save our souls by the grace and strength of God. So what is the armor of God? Thankfully Paul tells us.
The first thing he tells us to do is “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth” (Ephesians 6:14a). TRUTH. The truth that God gives. God’s Word alone is truth (John 17:17). We are to listen to God’s truth and follow Him.
The opposite of the truth is a lie. Satan is filling this world with a lot of lies that are contrary to God’s truth. Eve gave in to a lie in the garden in Genesis 3. Ever since then mankind has been falling for Satan’s lies. He is the father of all lies. We are not to listen to him or anyone who proclaim lies.
Paul told the Galatians that even if he or an angel from Heaven came speaking anything contrary to what they had already been taught by the apostles then they were not to listen. God’s Word the Bible is truth and if anyone teaches anything that is contrary to what we find in the Bible then we are not to accept it.
Proverbs 23:23 says to buy truth and do not sell it. Don’t listen to lies and false doctrines of men. Listen to and abide by God’s truth. Nothing more. Nothing less. In doing so we can overcome Satan’s schemes to draw us away from God. Be faithful to the truths found in God’s Word. Make sure you are wearing truth at all times.