Keep Your Pants On

© E. E. Perry 2001
"Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist" (Ephesians 6:14)

One piece of equipment that most soldiers wear is the LBE (Load Bearing Equipment). The main component of the LBE is a large 4 inch wide web belt. This belt permits a soldier to keep much of his equipment close at hand: canteen, ammunition, first aid pouch, wet weather poncho, flashlight, etc. Attaching these items to the belt, a soldier can find them quickly in the heat of battle or in the dark of night.

For the Roman soldier, the belt served two purposes. In those days, soldiers wore a loose fitting tunic. Imagine trying to fight in a battle and getting your sword tangled in your tunic. The belt gathered the tunic around the soldier, allowing him freedom of movement. The Roman soldier also used the belt for the same purpose as a modern soldier. His other equipment, such as the breastplate and sword, attached to the belt. The belt helped hold the armour together.

Truth is our spiritual belt. Truth holds the rest of our armour in place and allows us freedom. I always say, "If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember what lies you have told." Truth brings freedom. Freedom from keeping accounts on what you have told others. If you have told the truth, the truth remains the same. You have to carry a lie around, in case you must use it again. Lies become extra baggage for a spiritual soldier to carry. The belt is about truthful and honest living. Truth holds up your spiritual pants and prevents you from embarrassing yourself.

The belt is also about Biblical truth. One must know what the Bible says in order to keep from being lead astray by false teachings. Satan uses false teachers to draw people away from the truth contained in the Bible. Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32).

The Holy Spirit is our guide. When we read the Bible, God revels His truth to us through His Spirit. As we read, the Author Himself instructs us. Telling His disciples about the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13). We do not discover truth; truth is reveled. The Holy Spirit revels the truths in God's word and leads us to understand the truth God has for us in the Bible.

Jesus is the ultimate truth: "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me'" (John 14:6). Jesus is the only true way to God. Through Jesus, we gain access to God. Without Jesus in our lives, the Spirit cannot revels truth to us, because He does not live in us. Jesus is the Giver of the Spirit by which we are reveled the truth of God. He is also our example of truthful and honest living.

Without truth, we have difficulty combating the lies of Satan. Truth should surround our daily living. Always tell the truth, and you will never have to remember what lies you have told.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission.

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