“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” (Abraham Lincoln)
When Paul described the full armor of God with which we are to withstand the spiritual forces of evil, he began with the belt of truth. It seems like an unlikely place to start because a belt is so small and seemingly insignificant compared to larger parts of the armor. I mean, why not begin with the breastplate or shield?
Let’s remember that the order in which Paul presented them was inspired – and God wanted to impress upon us that the first protection against the devil and his worldly system is truth. You see, if we don’t start right, we cannot finish right. If we don’t believe the correct things, we will not fight for the right things. We will not know what to stand up for and what to stand against.
In short, without being properly prepared with truth we will not correctly identify the enemy and the fight we’re to be engaged in. While that sounds pretty straightforward, we live in an age of “Your truth, my truth, and no absolute truth.” So how in the world can we know we’re standing firmly on real truth? Great question; let’s allow Jesus Himself to answer it! When praying for His disciples, Christ said:
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:17)
Friends, put your feet in the Word of God, then stand firm; it is THE truth! –Dave
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