Peter puts on his Belt of Truth when Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He questioned His disciples: “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by My Father in heaven.
As I think about truth, I find myself wondering why we argue about what the truth is. The fact is, I am rarely happy with having to make absolutes. Let us think about forgiveness. We seem to only forgive if we feel the person that needs forgiven deserves it. This week we celebrated the Risen Savior. It is a great time to be with our church and with our families. The reason we celebrate is the hope we have. I know I do not deserve His forgiveness but the Truth is I feel forgiven. We all want to know what truth is and feel that much-needed hope.
Truth is…. there is Hope
There were two thieves on the cross and one scoffed at Jesus and said if He truly was the Son of God he would get them out of their sentence of death and remove them from the cross. But there was one man that still had one hope. He admitted his guilt and asked that Jesus remember him. Jesus then gave him the one thing he needed. Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Do you remember that day when you received that hope? To touch the throne of God and feel forgiveness and love is what every man and woman needs. There is a void in our life without that Spirit and without that truth.
Ephesians 6:13 says, Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist. A belt worn by soldiers secured their swords and kept the breastplate in place. It is made for defense, not offense. To wear your Belt of Truth would mean you are protected from Satan’s attacks.
The truth is you are worthy
There are many people that struggle with self-worth. Two of Satan’s greatest lies are that you have no value and you are not truly forgiven. As a result, you can be left feeling a loss of hope and feelings of doubt. What are some truths the Bible tells us? “Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Do you believe that? Sure you do. Then why do you not choose to believe that God loves you just like you are? The Bible says “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
One of the greatest gifts God has given us is the truth that He loves us. I heard a great message about that last leaf on a tree. In the fall, the leaves can seem to all fall at once. But if you notice, there will be one holding on for dear life. That is an example of how we need to be. Remaining as long as we can. No matter what comes. Hang in there. John 15:5 says “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” What does that mean to me? It means just hang in there. Remain in me and my truth. Don’t let any thoughts, words, or actions keep you from receiving what I will give you.
Preparing for Battle
So, we know that truth is Jesus. Truth is also the Living Word of God. However, The Belt of Truth protects us. In a spiritual battle, Satan’s tactics will try to distort those truths. To defend those truths we must have divine revelations. The Bible does teach us what truth is and also what lies we should not believe. Without this knowledge, we will be attacked and start to doubt everything.
Today, as we have put on our physical garments and are ready for the day, we need to add something else. Grab that Belt of Truth and wrap it around your waist. Now, ask Jesus to protect you from things that are disguised as truth. Your hope depends on it.
Next week we’ll discuss the Breastplate of Righteousness!
(Writing by Jeremy Shelley; editing by Robbie Robertson)
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