Do You Know How Jesus’ Last Breath Gave You Eternal Life?

By: Austin Creecy

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

– John 11:25,26

Why did Jesus have to die on the cross, and how does it save us?

To answer this question, let’s read Exodus 12:1-13: 

Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 "This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: 'On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man's need you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. 7 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. 8 Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. 10 You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. 11 And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover. 12 'For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.

From the verses above, we learn where God let the Israelites (His chosen people) escape the Egyptians’ punishment. The Israelites were to slaughter the unblemished lamb and mark the doorways to their homes with the lamb’s blood. As the Holy Spirit traveled through Egypt, killing the Egyptians’ firstborn sons, the Spirit would notice the markings and leave the Israelites alone, passing over them.

      

As the story continues, the Egyptian king allows the Israelites to leave Egypt. Next, the Israelites wander in the wilderness for 40 years due to their repetitive lack of belief, worshipping of idols, doubt, and other sins. It is during this time that God gives the Israelites the law through Moses. For the record, the trip to the Promise Land was not a 40-day journey. 

      

If you turn to Leviticus 4 in the Old Testament, it takes us to Mount Sinai. Here God tells Moses what to share with the Israelites about breaking God’s law (sinning). He then shares with Moses what to do if anyone sins. They must offer a sin offering. 

       

A sin-offering entailed taking a young, unblemished animal such as a bull, goat, or lamb and killing. After sacrificing the young animal, the sinner sprinkled its blood on the altar and burned the animal’s fat and/or organs. 

       

While the idea of sacrificing an unblemished young animal may seem cruel or morbid in today’s culture, it was what the Lord God requested of them!  The act of offering an animal represented their death for the sin they committed and foreshadowed what was yet to come. 

       

Remember, sin divided the Israelites from God and kept them from knowing Him fully. During this time, all sin was punishable by death. The way the Israelites were to pay their debts was by offering the animal in their place. Many people do not want to murder a beautiful young animal and desecrate its body. However, that was the punishment God chose instead of the punishment they deserved at the time, which was death.

Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:4).

The Father did not want His people separated from Him! He had shown the Israelites that from the beginning of time. The sin offering was another way The Father allowed them to live for Him and obey His rules. 

       

God said if the Israelites broke the rules and sinned, the sentence was death! Much like if we choose to commit a crime, a judge can sentence us to prison. 

 

God allowed them to pay a fine, and that fine was sacrificing a young animal, as mentioned above. Only after that was the sinner forgiven. It is similar to a judge saying, “you stole a computer, but if you return the computer, pay the person back, plus a fine for you not obeying the laws, I will let you go.” 

      

 You see, it was up to the Israelites to pay that fine and be set free. The offering was the way they confessed their sin and then repented for it. Before Christ’s death and resurrection, one could not directly talk to the Father. You learn this in John 16:16-33, as well as other places throughout God’s Word.  

       

For about 1400 years, this was how it was! If an Israelite sinned, they would need to make an offering to allow the Father to forgive them. It was an ongoing thing! Every time an Israelite broke one of God’s laws (which there were many), the sinner had to make an offering. The offerings changed depending on the sin, but most of the time, the sinner ended up killing and sprinkling some animal’s blood on the altar. Perhaps it seems harsh or exhausting to you, but this was the law of God and how God forgave sinners.

 

Let’s fast forward to about 4-5 BC when a particular child was born. While this child appeared to be a “normal” boy, He was not. The child was born in a manger in a small town called Bethlehem, and His mother was a virgin named Mary. Perhaps you are familiar with this story! He was the Son of God, and His name was Jesus Christ

 

Jesus Christ grew up in the town of Nazareth. At around 30 years old, He started His ministry. Ironically, His ministry – the most extraordinary ministry of them all – only lasted for three years! He traveled with a group of disciples, teaching them how His Father desired them to live.

Jesus exemplified and taught the His disciples and the world how to live a perfect life because He was perfect.

Over Jesus’ ministry, the Jewish Sadducees and Pharisees had enough of Jesus’ “blasphemous ways.” The Jewish leaders did not like that Jesus was teaching people to trust God and do God’s way, especially when it contradicted the Jewish leaders’ practices and beliefs. Therefore, with evil in their hearts, the Jewish leaders came up with a plan to kill Jesus. The plan was to arrest and crucify Jesus by the Roman empire’s commander, Pontius Pilate. It is essential to highlight Pilate did not want to kill Jesus. However, he allowed the Jewish leadership and people to decide Jesus’ fate once Jesus was in custody. Most of us know what the people chose – to crucify Jesus. And that is what happened!

   

Remember, Jesus was not just another everyday guy. He was, is, and always will be the Son of God Almighty. God knew His Son would go through brutally inhumane torture, hung on a cross, and would die. It was all part of God’s more excellent plan. God is a redeemer and makes all things work for the greater good (Romans 8:28).

       

The Father knew humans could not stop from sinning, and for thousands of years, humans proved they could not stop. It was impossible to keep the law, as Paul talks about in Galatians, which is why Paul reminds us in Ephesians 2:8-9:

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

God allowed Jesus to die on the cross as the final sin offering, and Jesus knew this plan too. Even Jesus did not want to go through it. However, Jesus knew it was THY will, not His will (Luke 22: 42). Jesus’ crucifixion was the final Passover of the world. 

 

Jesus was the perfect unblemished lamb, who God sent to the world. No one ever needs to sacrifice another young, unblemished animal again because Jesus has paid the final price! It was finished – Jesus’ death covered us and connected us to the Father. 

After Jesus’ death and burial, He rose three days later from His tomb.  

Jesus’s death and resurrection were what ended the old covenant and started the new covenant. The old covenant was the law of Moses as God revealed it to him on Mount Sinai. Right before Christ died, He stated, It is finished (John 19:30)!”

Then Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit.” And when He had said this, He breathed His last (Luke 23:46).

He had taken on ALL the sins of the world and sacrificed Himself as the perfect unblemished lamb of God. No longer do we need to make offerings or live according to the law. We only need to follow Christ and do as He did, living a life in a relationship with the Father. Where we can honor, glorify, and obey the Father. 

 

The Father took the enemy’s plan and redeemed it, allowing all who believe in Jesus Christ to be saved from death and have eternal life. Romans 10:9 says, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” 

 

Jesus Christ was the Passover lamb that God sent, and He was a final sin offering for the world. Praise Jesus! He died for you! He died for you to walk in His authority and FREELY receive the Father’s love, grace, mercy, and so much more. He shed his blood to allow us to receive the Father’s forgiveness for ALL our iniquities. It meant salvation from sin and eternal life for everyone who believes in Jesus Christ. 

Prayer: Father God, thank You for giving us Your Son Jesus Christ. Thank You for opening my eyes to Him and for allowing me to know Him. Lord, thank You for giving Your life on the cross for me so that I do not even need to think about my sin. Lord, allow me to glorify You by living a life that You deem good. Thank You for being an amazing Father. Thank You for giving me the Holy Spirit. I am grateful that I can commune with You through the Spirit. I love You, God. I ask you to continue refining me and molding me into what You want me to be, do, and act. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!

The Fruit of Love

The Fruit of Love

(Understanding God’s Love Series)

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

Enkrateia [self-control] is that great quality which comes to a man when Christ is in his heart, that quality which makes him able to live and to walk in the world, and yet to keep his garments unspotted from the world.

William Barclay

Last week, we talked about what love is. Now, I want to talk to you about what happens to you when you love the way God wants us to love.

Godly love brings light, life, and longevity. Why? Well, love is God (1 John 4:8), and therefore real love has God as the motive! When you become a born-again believer and make God’s love your “why,” something magical begins to unfold inside you. The best part of it all is that the transformation results from you being in a relationship with God. How does this happen? Through the teaching, guidance, and comforter of the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:27; John 14:26).

The Holy Spirit begins to bless and transform your life with something extraordinary. It is this Spirit who begins to produce the fruit of God’s love inside of you, and when God’s perfect fruit shows up in your life, your life gets better! What is this fruit, you ask?

It’s the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). Personally, I appreciate how the Amplified version translates this scripture:

But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Have you ever stopped and focused on the word fruit in Paul’s writing of the fruit of the Spirit? He could have used other words like “works of the Spirit” or “the Spirit’s gifts,” but he chose the fruit of the Spirit. It makes sense, too, primarily when you focus on the word “fruit.” Paul was conveying the meaning of a full harvest of virtues by using the word “fruit.” Additionally, the fruit of the Spirit is singular, meaning each believer is to have ALL nine.

Fruit is a byproduct of planting and nurturing a seed. Remember, God’s fruit is perfect, flawless, and satisfying.

The Spirit produces the fruit, but it’s your job to get in touch with the Holy Spirit. It takes time for fruit to grow, so please be patient with yourself and do not ignore this opportunity to produce a great harvest inside of you. It will take your effort, focus, and attention. Christian character is the result of Christ living in you (Galatians 2:20), but you are given free will, so please use that will to nurture that Spirit to grow deeper in Christ.

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is the result of God’s presence inside of you! It’s a result of His company, plus your participation in the relationship. Your willingness to have this relationship with God is how the Holy Spirit reshapes your character to be more like Christ. This produces some fantastic fruit inside of you!

That is a powerful statement! You must choose and give God permission to come and dwell inside of you (John 14:23). Still, you must also nurture, protect, and participate in your relationship with Him so His presence will stay and grow. Perhaps that is why Proverbs says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (4:23).

As disciples of Christ, we want the fruit of the Spirit to always flow from our hearts.

Take a second and envision your body as a Bed and Breakfast for guests to stay in—a very nice, sophisticated, mature, but homey inn. If you do not acknowledge your guests’ presence and tend to his/her needs, they will leave, and most people won’t give you a second chance after the fact. If everyone leaves, you are out of a job!

Thankfully, God is extremely merciful and forgiving, so He is the best kind of guest, but He is a gentleman. He will not stay where He is not welcome because of His love for you, not for His love for Himself. You must take time to tend and care for your guests. Now God is the best kind of guest you could ever have. Why? Because He gives more than He receives. You could say He is the ideal guest.

He asks this of you: To love Him with all your heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37), to love others as He (Jesus) has loved you (John 13:34), and to spend time with Him (James 4:8). When you do this and seek first His Kingdom in all things (Matthew 6:33), He will help you renew your mind (Romans 12:2) and remold your character, which will transform you into time with your permission and effort, a better you that is more like Christ.

I promise you will like this version of you so much better. When you begin to see the fruit grow, you will be even more encouraged by this new freedom. You will start to walk out of bondage – into freedom.


Here you have an invitation from a guest who wants to stay with you and help you do ALL of the heavy lifting.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).

What is the benefit of having the fruit of the Spirit?

First, let me describe what it is like when we do not have the fruit or Spirit or are not eating it:

  • Sexual immorality, Impurity (Galatians 5:19)
  • Lust (Colossians 3:5)
  • Hatred, Jealousy, Discord, Anger, Selfish Ambition, Dissension, Idolatry, Witchcraft (Galatians 5:20)
  • Arrogance (2 Corinthians 12:20)
  • Envy, Drunkenness, Wild Living (Galatians 5:21)
  • Murder, Lying (Revelations 22:12-16)
  • Cheating (1 Corinthians 6:8)
  • Adultery, Greed, Stealing (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

I don’t know about you, but when I lived outside of God’s fruit and experienced the above, my life was miserable. I wanted to believe it was not, and I thought if I just did more and depended more on myself, I’d be happier, but that was a lie. What I was yearning for only God could give me. His freedom and ways restore me and give me life (Job 10:12).

You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my Spirit (Job 10:12)

Doesn’t the above list honor the words Jesus spoke in John 10:10?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

I am so grateful that God sent His Son to teach us how to live. When you abide in Him, you start to reap the benefits. When you live God’s way, and for God, the following becomes your normal:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience (Longsuffering)
  • Kindness (Gentleness)
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness (Faith)
  • Gentleness (Meekness)
  • Self-control (Self-discipline, sound mind, temperance)

Living for God is what will satisfy your hunger and, by default, give you more joy, love, and everything you may have tried to find by walking the world’s way of life. This transformation that Paul talks about in Galatians just happens by nurturing your relationship with Christ.

One day you will all of a sudden not be irritated by something that once annoyed you. You will start to be made perfect by accepting God’s perfect love. Things will fall off of you, which in turn will help you like yourself more. As you like yourself and see yourself as God sees you, it is easier to love others.

Next week, I will break down the fruit of the Spirit. Until then, ask the Holy Spirit which fruit are you struggling with? Once the Spirit reveals which area you are weak in, ask the Spirit to help you grow. Ask the Spirit what you need to start doing to grow this harvest inside of you. 

Prayer: Father God, thank You for thinking ahead and providing Your children with this amazing fruit. I see I don’t always operate in this fruit, but I want to. Please help me to grow and feed this fruit and not the fruit of the devil. Holy Spirit help me to see when I am failing to operate in the spirit. Thank You, Father, for everything You are doing in my life. I only want to live Your way, help me to do as You would have me do in all things. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

What is Love?

What is Love?

(Understanding God’s Love Series)

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

The role for all of us is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less.

— C.S. Lewis

What is Love?

Have you ever asked yourself what love is? It might sound like an obvious answer, but true love may be different than you might expect. 

Is your definition of love one that is worldly or godly? The world defines “love” differently than God does. One is conditional, and the other is unconditional. God’s love is unconditional and perfect (1 John 4:18). Therefore, God wants you to love unconditionally, and as He loves.

When you ask yourself, ‘What is love?’ You have to look to the Father.

We have come to know [by personal observation and experience], and have believed [with deep, consistent faith] the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides continually in him (1 John 4:16 AMP)

John tells you that God is love. If God equals love, then love equals God. Does that make sense? 1 John 4:8 says, whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Love is a byproduct of having a deep relationship with God. I believe it is impossible to have a deep and committed relationship with the Father and not know how to love because the Holy Spirit changes you to be more like Christ. When you become more like Christ, you become more capable of love.

We all are capable of love because we were made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), but to showcase and shine unconditional love intentionally results from knowing (participating in a relationship with) God.

For you to love unconditionally and righteously, you must know God. To know God means you have a relationship with Him. It means you believe and know you belong with Him. It means you have faith in His character.

Since God is love, everything God thinks, speaks, and does are examples of how He shows His love for you. Perhaps that is why James reminds us that everything good comes from above (James 1:17).

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 breaks down what love is:

 

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever ( NLT).

1 Corinthians 13:7 states a mighty truth. God never gives up, loses faith, but He is always hopeful and positive, and He holds on to you in every circumstance. Since God does that for you, you are to do that for others. Please understand God has boundaries, and I am not encouraging you to be walked over, disrespected, or abused. You can love people from afar too in those extreme situations. But, overall, we are to behave as 1 Corinthians so clearly states.

Love is strong. Love can absorb and withstand all loveless behavior. How many times have you operated with fear or a loveless behavior? Yet God still poured out His love for you!

Everyone stumbles. Everyone is struggling with something because problems are a part of this fallen world. Jesus tells you to first get the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s (or sister’s) eye (Matthew 7:5). The reason being is you will have more compassion, kindness, understanding, and grace for your sibling in Christ, who is stumbling. It’s easy to act prideful when one sees another stumble. Still, the only fruit that comes out with pride is self-righteousness – something God detests. At the end of the day, sin is sin. Jesus reminds us that we are not better or more deserving of love than another.

Love is not tit for tat, but self-sacrificing (John 15:13). Love always thinks the best case scenario of someone. Love holds on to the faith or belief that a person’s word is truth and that one will do what he or she says. Love is honest and truthful. Love trusts. Love holds on to optimism and positivity.

Christ commands us to love one another as He has loved us (John 15:12), then showing love is a choice. If we do not respond in love, we are sinning. Perhaps this shows you the tremendous importance of renewing your mind (Romans 12:2) to always love (Mark 12:30-31).

Always loving might be easier than you think. Neuroscience informs us that we are wired for love, and love is a human’s default mode. Ironically, fear is a learned behavior. Such findings making sense when you think about it. If God is love and you are made in God’s image (His love), then love is your foundation. You are hardwired to love, which is why operating from love feels so good! 🥰 If humans were created to hate and participate with fear, it would feel better than it does. Being mean, cruel, inconsiderate, rude, judgmental, and other forms of fear do not feel good at all. In fact, it increases cortisol in the body, and too much cortisol equates to toxic stress and is damaging.

If fear or hate felt good, it would benefit your body, but it does the opposite. It destroys you. When you operate out of love, you allow yourself to start to unlearn negative and toxic mindsets, and doesn’t God’s light expose the darkness (Ephesians 5:13)?

Oxytocin, also known as the love hormone, melts away negative and toxic thoughts. This hormone can help rewire your brain, creating new nontoxic connections—thoughts impact brain chemistry, which influences the body’s 75-100 trillion cells at quantum speed. 

In short, allowing the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to work inside of you can help you erase fear. When we respond in love, endorphins and serotonin are also released, making you feel unstoppable and filled with light. 

When we feel great like this, you know what happens? You start to be more authentic -more in alignment with how God designed you to be- your brain begins to detox, while motivation and wisdom increase.

You are to have the same mindset as Christ (Philippians 2:5). But attitudes reflect the core of how you are choosing to spend your time thinking and feeling. Your attitude gives insight into your spiritual maturity.

In answering the question, what is love?
Love is God. God is love. Love is your default mode. Love is your spirit shining through. Love is renewing your mind and character to be more like Christ. Love is shown by actively listening, helping, encouraging, giving, comforting, creating, sacrificing, and meeting others’ needs. Love allows the light inside of you to shine outwardly to help people feel like they belong and are enough. How God shows you love is how you are to show others love.

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 5:8 NKJV)

In closing, I cannot talk about God’s love without talking about belonging. Love helps someone feel they belong, and every human craves belonging and connection.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).

The verses above remind the reader of the power relationships has in one’s life. God created us to be in relationship with Him and others because love is meant to be shared. It is easy to be short with people you don’t like or be exclusive when you are around new people. However, God wants you to show grace, mercy, compassion, and kindness to all. It doesn’t matter if they deserve it because, quite frankly, you don’t always deserve it either. The next time you are at a social gathering and see someone alone, reach out and talk with them. Connect with them. Help everyone you come in contact with, understand they belong in the body of Christ.

I promise you if you could do a better job at loving as God loves, many of your life’s problems would go away. Love is the answer to everything because God is the answer to everything. So when you don’t know what to do – Love💕.

What can you start doing to show more of God’s love to yourself and others?  

Prayer: Father God, wow, thank You for loving me unconditionally. I want to love as You love. Help me to love the way You love. Show me what is blocking me from loving people the way You ask Your children to love. Daddy, I want to give You all of me and live only for You, but I know I fall short. I know without You I am nothing. I surrender everything to You. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for helping me see everyone as You see them. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

God’s Armor: The Belt of Truth

God’s Armor: The Belt of Truth

Part 1 of 7

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

" Keep calm and put on the armor of God"

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We are continuing forward with the psychology and Jesus series. However, it’s important to live intentionally with vigilance and focus. Remember, the devil is like a roaring lion waiting to see whom he can devour.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).

Since the devil couldn’t care less about your prosperity, success, or cultivating a thriving life, he is going to do everything he can to stop you!

What do you do?

First, remember the devil has already been defeated (1 John 3:8)! However, the enemy has done an excellent job of being a sore loser and perverting things. Think about it – most people pray about their problems when God says to pray for your solutions and desires (Mark 11:23).

Secondly, we must put on the armor of God and USE IT! Merely wearing the armor of God is not enough to defeat the enemy.

Today I am going to discuss how you can successfully apply the first piece of the armor of God to defeat (once again) that stubborn lion! Over the next few weeks, I will explain the history and the application of each piece of God’s armor.

We will be starting with Ephesians 6:10-14 for today, and throughout the next weeks, we will discuss the remaining verses. I am going to copy the Amplified Version as I think the brackets add further understanding.

10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. (Ephesians 6:10-12 AMP)

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. (Ephesians 6:13-14 NLT)

The Belt of Truth is the first thing Paul tells us to put on!

History of the Belt of Truth:
The belt of truth refers back to the leather apron belt that hung in front of the Roman soldier’s lower abdomen and groin. Small brass plates were also strategically placed onto the apron to provide the highest possible protection.

I think the brass plates were added because low blows (if you get what I mean) were expected and included from the devil. He will hurt you where it hurts the most, and when he does it (when you allow him to), he’s going to laugh with pleasure. The devil couldn’t care less about playing fair. He’s out to DESTROY YOU!

Interestingly, the belt of truth would have been the FIRST piece of protective gear the soldiers would have put on themselves. It protected the soldiers’ most vulnerable and sensitive areas.

To me, it makes sense that the belt of truth was called this due to it being the first piece of protective wear the soldiers put upon their bodies. Why? It is hard to protect yourself from anything when you are unable to identify truth from a lie! God’s Word is TRUTH! It’s life. It is the way! If you do not have scripture buried in your heart, you will not be able to stand your ground because you will not know how to discern the truth. Therefore, it is that much easier for the enemy to devour you! If you cannot decipher between a lie and the truth… well, you are in more trouble than you may realize.

Application of the Belt of Truth:

Think of the belt of truth as accurate or correct living, living God’s way. Remember, the devil will fight you with lies. He will twist, manipulate, and pervert God’s truth. Therefore, we must decipher or discern information concerning God’s Word.

The belt of truth prepares one to be ready for action. We are to always be prepared to fight the enemy off (1 Peter 5:8).

How can you prepare yourself in every circumstance? By making sure that you are a person of truth. You must know God’s truth. That means knowing the good news about Jesus, understanding in your heart why you believe in Jesus, and living as a person of integrity as someone honest and trustworthy.

Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world (1 Peter 2:12).

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed (1 Peter 3:15,16).

I am always amazed at how quickly people accept and agree with the words spoken over, at, or to them. You must be careful agreeing with others before you have thought about it or gone to the Word of God. Instead of just foolishly agreeing with people on unfamiliar areas you are unsure about, say the following instead:

“I hear what the person is saying regarding this subject. I don’t know if that is true or simply their truth. Since I seem curious about it, I am going to look into what they are saying before I go any further with participating with their thoughts.”

It is crucial to apply God’s truth to all the enemy’s lies. I encourage you to start adopting a God filter, where you run everything you hear through God and His Word before buying into it.

Prayer: Father God, help me to wear Your belt of truth successfully. I want to be a warrior for Your army. Teach me Your ways and how to fight successfully in Your name. Thank You for teaching me how to discern the real fight and successfully defeat the enemy in Jesus’ name.