Belt of truth: a weapon in the fight against temptation

When we put on our armor, God is ready to use us to win the victory over our enemies.

On the Road to Damascus

In continuation of our discussions on the Armor of God and Ephesians 6 (see Are you an unlikely hero? and Our heavy armor), I will be delving more deeply into each of the elements of the armor that we, as believers, are asked to take up.

Today we are talking about the belt of truth and how that helps us make the right decisions when we are tempted.

The new testament was written during the time of Roman occupation of the Holy Land. In consideration of this, let’s look at the meaning and significance of the baldric (belt) of Roman military armor, which was usually slung over one shoulder.

The baldric served two purposes:

  1. It was the place to hold weapons
  2. It indicated a Legionary’s position or rank

Putting on the belt of the truth of God serves the same purpose in our spiritual battles. Any weapon we use for defense against…

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