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Ephesians 6

14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.

The first piece of armor Paul speaks of is the cintus, which is the belt the soldier wears around his waist. This belt is used to hold everything else into place.

That is what the truth of God does. It holds everything else into place. Fortunately God gives us access to the truth because he sent Jesus. We can listen to the teachings of Jesus and look at the model of Jesus and here we see God come to focus. Christian faith lived out like Jesus lives it out is true.

This is saying something and also not saying something. What we are not saying is Christian faith is true because it works. What we are saying is Christina faith works because it is true. Think about the difference. With the truth we can live in God’s Kingdom and follow his ways.

Then there is “the body armor of God’s righteousness.”

This armor or “breastplate,” as it is called, is the pectorale. Literally, the “protector of the heart.”

Righteousness= justice

This is the heart of the matter for us.

Our one true God is the one true judge. God intends to put the world right. This is where Jesus comes in. We are already declared right in Jesus and so when we are attacked by Satan we have protection.

Satan is a big fan of name-calling. Satan attacks our identity. “God doesn’t love you.” “You are a bad person.” “You are weak.” “How can God love someone as broken as you?” “How can you call yourself a Christian?”

No, I am the son of a loving Father. Through confidence in Jesus, I am in God’s family forever. I am royalty and my coronation came at my baptism. Through the water and the word God declares me his and I begin to live my life in his kingdom.

ME

The same teaching that would say there is no evil also says there is no truth. Truth is culturally conditioned and what is truth for you may not be truth for me. “There is no truth” is, of course, a truth statement.

 

Wednesday April 20- Truth is Truth

Psalm 5:9

My enemies cannot speak a truthful word. Their deepest desire is to destroy others. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with flattery.

Jesus calls the devil, “The father of lies.”  When we lie we are not following our Heavenly Father. It’s as simple as that. Lying is evil.

The trouble with lying is, once you lie, you keep on lying. Lying is the language of fear.  And the greatest fear is the fear of getting caught.

We learn this at an early age.

You don’’t want to get in trouble? Just lie. That will do the trick. And if the first time it doesn’t work, lie some more.

Except that it just gets worse.

When children grow into adults the lying doesn’t stop. Hey, it’s an election year, after all. Just listen. I know it’s hard to believe, but you may hear a lie or two.

What about foul talk? This is talk to make someone else look bad. To speak against them behind their back. Whenever you speak against someone else to another person, you are saying way more about yourself then you are about them. And if someone bad mouths someone else to you behind their back, what do you think they might say about you to someone else behind your back? Gossip is designed to be hurtful. It stinks to death.

Then there is flattery. The antidote to flattery is identity. If you are the son or daughter of the King, why would you get fooled by flattery. You already are the most amazing and most adored person on earth with a Heavenly Father who sees you are number 1. So, there is no danger of being negatively influenced by the flattery of others.

ME

What would it take for you not to speak negatively about someone behind their back? Try it out for a week and see what happens.