"Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist." @ Ephesians 6:14
"I am the way, the truth and the life." @ John 14:6
A few years ago Kathryn & I visited Donegal Castle. While there we noticed the uneven nature of the steps inside. We assumed shoddy workmanship but our guide informed us it was deliberate. Whenever attacking soldiers entered the castle they often would quickly climb the steps and trip on their garments... A simple belt would have solved the problem for those advancing.
Truth gives clarity to your assignment and energy to your movements.
In today's text, Paul reminds us that we are to stand firm in truth.
Often we think of truth as a set of facts, however truth is a person. While facts can be discovered, truth must be revealed. Facts are presented as information; truth enters through relationship. Facts can describe your past but only truth can create your future. Jesus is truth. Only in His presence can truth be known. When we separate ourselves from Him, we sever ourselves from truth.
Truth is a person not a principle.
Jesus said, "I am the truth." Therefore, whenever we lean into Jesus, we move increasingly into truth. Truth is more than dogma, it's more than doctrine, it is the declaration of the nature and goodness of God in all things. Truth can never be imposed, it can only be introduced. Jesus immerses us in His reality. He is truth.
Little wonder the weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of this world. They are not military strategies they are kingdom reality. We are to be plunged into the person of Jesus who awakens us to truth. So we stand firm, fully immersed in Jesus who tells us the truth about our lives.
Sometimes people fear being told the truth about their lives. We have used ‘truth’ as a weapon to manipulate people, to control people, to beat people. That is not truth, that is accusation. It points out failure without pointing to favour. It speaks of your history without addressing your destiny. It reminds you of who you were instead of who you are. It sets you up to fail instead of leading you into favour.
Because of Jesus we no longer fear truth. He is the gateway to our freedom. His truth doesn't rub it in, it rubs it out. It cancels our past and creates our future. In the midst of enemy accusation and intimidation, we fasten our hearts to the One who is truth. We clothe ourselves in truth. We hold onto the nature and character of God, and are held by the nature and character of God.
All of the facts of your past may be accurate but none of them define who you are. God looks at you through Christ, through covenant love. He sees your design and your destiny - who you are in Him and who He is in you. By His Spirit He guides us into kingdom realities so that we don't falter on the steps of life.
Today, put on the belt of truth.