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How does a Christian manage to survive
and keep a vital relationship with the Lord,
in an environment that is less than
conducive to spiritual growth?

He puts on the whole armor of God. Paul encourages us in
Ephesians 6:10-18, to put on the whole armor of God. This
is essential to have all-round protection from satanic
attacks

We are living in a day where truth seems to have many shades, and certainly doesn’t appear to mean what it is supposed to mean. Some time ago I had a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses on my doorstep sharing their particular version of what they believe to be the gospel. I told them I was a Christian and they very quickly responded by indicating they were not only Christians, but born-again Christians.

Now I could have taken that at face value and agreed with them. However, I was immediately suspicious of
their claim and decided to ask exactly what they meant. They hedged around the issue and clearly didn’t
respond to my inquiries. So I decided to get down to specifics and asked them how they had become a
Christian. To help them a little further I asked them about their story of conversion to Jesus Christ. Once again
I was greeted by quizzical looks. Eventually they revealed what made them Christians was what they were
doing i.e., going door to door, and that made them acceptable to God.

To them this was truth, but it wasn’t biblical truth, so it is not surprising that the first piece of the armor Paul
says to put on, is the belt of truth. As the normal belt is central to the body it is essential we see that the
absolute truth of God’s Word is essential for us to be able to stand in this world, against what seems an
overwhelming enemy.

We must see that biblical truth is an essential ingredient to our daily growth and development. When we talk
about putting on truth it is not some obscure, vague thing. Truth, like all the other pieces of the armor,
represents a crucial part of the character of God.

So when we put on the belt of truth we put on Christ. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the
life...” Everything about God is truth, so if we are indwelt of God the Holy Spirit, then we should be filled with
truth, we should be the purveyors of truth. John 17:17 says “Sanctify them by your truth. Your Word is truth.”
As the Word of God is read it refines us, molds and shapes us into the people God wants us to be.

We must see that the belt of truth is intrinsically related to every other piece of the armor. If we start with a
perceived truth, then we are not going to be able to put on the rest of the armor. Recently we have had a
number of liberal theologians bring into question the cardinal building blocks of Christianity. These range from
the death and resurrection of Jesus, the inerrancy of Scripture and the like. This erroneous thinking is the
enemy’s way of keeping the belt of truth off the Christian.

We must see that biblical truth is an essential ingredient to our daily growth and development. When we talk
about putting on truth it is not some obscure, vague thing. Truth, like alSo putting on the belt of truth is both foundational and fundamental to putting on the whole armor of God.
We must start with the absolute truth of God’s Word and keep it on to maintain a proper perspective on the
world around us.

By Carl Carmody
Editor Challengel the other pieces of the armor,
represents a crucial part of the character of God.

The other important aspect of putting on the belt of truth is that putting on the character of God in the form
of biblical truth should impact how we live. Such a Christian is one who does not lie. They can be trusted; their
word can be relied upon. They are the person that doesn’t steal because they value the fact that their witness
is all-important i.e., so cheating on their tax return is not an option.

Also as we put on the Word of truth daily, God gives us wisdom for daily living, discernment for decisions as
well as dealing with people like my two visitors. We live in an age where truth has become so relative, which
has resulted in the shifting of society’s moral and ethical compass, to the point that we no longer seem to
know, or want to know, what is right or wrong.

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