During Paul’s time in Roman prison, he spent a lot of time around Roman guards. Imprisoning Paul was originally meant to be an attack from the enemy, but God used it for good. Even though Paul was in prison, he was being used by God for His perfect plan. But how did Paul not succumb to the enemy in this situation? Paul writes about his and our defense from the enemy— the armor of God.
The armor of God isn’t physical, but instead is a collection of principles that we must adapt into our life and mindset. While the entire set of armor and its meaning could be a blog of its own, the essential piece to the equation is the belt—the belt of truth!
God has called for us to root ourselves in truth. God’s Word should be our main source of truth and what we base everything off of. The belt, as Paul learned during his time with the Roman guards in the prison, was that the belt was the centerpiece of the entire suit of armor. The belt fastened the chest plate and held the sword, shield, and other pieces of equipment while the soldiers were in transit. In short, rooting yourself in truth is the first and most important step! If you do not root yourself in God’s truth, nothing else can follow.
Especially during this time of uncertainty and turmoil, we all need to strive to root ourselves in God’s truth. This is the first step to equipping ourselves with the armor of God, without which, we are vulnerable to the enemy and his attacks on us. The awesome thing is, everyone has access to the full armor of God! The only question is, are you using it?
Dr. Derek Grier