Belt of truth #1 – Truth and lies

We have used ice breakers at teen events and small group functions to get people talking in fun interactive ways.  One that we have played many times involves making three statements about yourself.  Two of the sentences contain facts, while the third is a lie.  The group then decides which is true.

This activity helps people learn things about each other and usually gets a good laugh.  I quickly learned the secret to tripping people up is to make your lie something mostly true with only one small detail inaccurate.  When I play, my lie usually has to do with driving a motorcycle in Chicago.  Most people know I went to college there and am a Texas girl who grew up around motorcycles.  Though I did ride on the back of one through the downtown, I never drove one in the city.  I took believable facts and mixed in a little deceit in hopes that people would pick another statement as my “lie” in the game.

Satan uses a similar tactic in his assault on our lives and faith.  He doesn’t usually come with overt, recognizable lies.  Instead he twists the truth ever so slightly to confuse and mislead us.  John 8:44 reveals something about Satan’s relationship with the truth.  “He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

It’s no surprise that the first defensive weapon listed in our modern wardrobe of protection in Ephesians 6 instructs us to put on a belt of truth.  Satan’s main play against believers is deceit.  Once we have surrendered our lives to Christ, he can’t change our citizenship in heaven, but he does whatever he can to render us ineffective.

He shoots right for the stomach aiming his lying arrows at the gut.  The Roman soldiers uniform during Paul’s writing found the belt to be a much more utilitarian piece than our current waist necklaces.  Seldom do my belts serve any purpose but to add color, style, or occasionally keep a looser pair of pants from riding down.  However the Roman belt was “used to fasten articles of clothing or tuck in the long skirts of a robe for greater freedom of movement.”  (Hoehner 839)

Some translations like the KJV say, “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth.” Girding the loins meant tucking in long robes worn for warmth so you would have freedom of movement.  The belt of truth around our waist is critical to get us off the crazy cycle of lies.  Not only was the Roman soldiers belt something to tuck a robe into, it also fastened the other parts together.  Without the truth holding our lives together, we become easy prey for the enemy.  As we embrace one lie, it can lead us down a road to infect others with our sin.  This leads us to shame and hiding from our Creator.  In our isolation we blame others for the consequences of our poor decisions and ultimately end up spiritually crippled.

Satan knows if he can get you to buy into his lies, he can start you on the road to spiritual ineffectiveness.  He wants you to fight with no belt so you’ll be an easy target.  In order to buckle the belt securely around our waist, we need God’s truth to hold all the other pieces of armor together and tuck in our robes so we can recognize error.

Romans 1:25 says the church had Rome “traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise!” They worshiped created things instead of God alone. Take a moment in God’s presence to listen to God.  What lies do you hear at the corners of your heart and mind that don’t line up with God’s Word today?

God gave us the belt to buckle around our waists to keep us from self-deception.  He wants me to see through subtle lies to the truth so I can see my life from His perspective and live free of shame and fear.  I pray He will hold my life together this week with His truth as I love my husband, parent my children, encourage my friends, speak His words, and continue to study His modern wardrobe found in Ephesians 6.

Hebrews 2:1 “So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.”

 

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