Today we begin learning how to “put on the whole armor of God.”
Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins…
I want to look at the word truth. The original Greek word for truth in this text is aletheuo (al-ayth-yoo’-o) and means; Real, actual, not counterfeit. To be true in doctrine and profession. To endeavor to express the truth in a loving manner. Not only speaking the truth, but presenting an action as the truth and not counterfeit.
Just to make sure we get this…the antonym (or opposite) of aletheuo is pseudomai (psyoo’-don-ahee) and means; to lie, deceive, and speak falsely.
This sheds a whole new light on the old phrase, “honesty is the best policy.” Wouldn’t you agree? TRUTH is a VERY important part of our protection and victory in the battle we all face. Remember, we must put on the COMPLETE armor of God.
The first piece of our armor is the belt of truth. Be honest in thought, word, and deed. Speak the truth in love….even when it may be uncomfortable to your flesh.
If you don’t want to go to lunch with so and so…say no. Don’t come up with some elaborate lie to make yourself look good…or to “protect” that person from getting hurt. TELL the TRUTH!
When you over spend…don’t lie to your husband. TELL the TRUTH! It may not be fun, but it is VITAL to your protection and victory in the battle.
HONESTY….TRUTH…the ONLY way to put on the belt is to put them into daily action in your life.
When you are tempted to lie or deceive…remember this…satan is the father of lies. Do you want to listen to him or the God of TRUTH? Better yet, who do you want your children to listen to? They WILL model you….
Step One: Put on the Belt of Truth
LIVE THE TRUTH!
BE A GOD PLEASER….NOT A SELF AND PEOPLE PLEASER!!
Daddy God, thank You for being TRUTH. Thank You for NEVER lying or deceiving me. Thank You for showing me in Your Word how to live a victorious life. Forgive me for all the times that I have lied, deceived, and lived falsely. I repent of all deception in my life. Give me the strength to live and walk in truth. Teach me to speak the truth in love. Scold me when I even begin to deceive. Please help me Lord. I cannot do this on my own. I need You. I want to live in victory. Thank You. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
In His Love and Service,
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