“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…” Eph. 6: 13-14a (NIV)
As we seek to follow Christ with our life, the enemy will attack us. It is inevitable. But we are not completely defenseless…God has supplied us with all the armor we need to defend ourselves against this attack.
But we must put on that armor.
Spiritual armor does absolutely nothing if it lies scattered around us.
It also doesn’t do any good to only put on a portion of that armor. If we put on a helmet but leave our chest exposed to attack…we will quickly fall in battle. Fortunately, Paul lays out our complete armor in this well known section on spiritual warfare.
Paul uses the Roman soldier to draw a word picture for spiritual armor since the appearance of the Roman soldier was familiar to all his readers.
The first piece of armor that Paul tells us to put on is the belt of truth.
It is the belt that anchors every other piece of armor in place.
In the same way…it is truth that anchors our spiritual walk.
To live in integrity means to live with all of our actions in line with our words. It doesn’t mean we have to be perfect…but it does mean that we are transparent and open about where we struggle and periodically fail.
This is one of the common strategies of the enemy. He will cause followers of Jesus to believe that in order to be acceptable…they must be perfect in their obedience.
Only Jesus has been perfect in His obedience to the Father.
As followers of Jesus…we will periodically fail in our obedience.
That also is inevitable.
The Christian walking in integrity does not hide their failings with lies. Rather, they are honest with themselves and with the Lord about those failings.
Confessing our sins to the Lord and receiving His forgiveness keeps the enemy from using those sins against us.
While we can’t live a perfect life in this world…we can live a truthful one.
Prayer: Lord, show me where I fail…and help me confess those sins to You.