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Monday, May 11

ArchBishop Duncan Williams - What is the belt of truth ?

"Stand therefore, having your loins girt
about with truth .. . " (Ephesians 6:14)
Our first weapon is a weapon of defense called
Truth. To walk in truth is to oppose all manner
of falsehood and to walk in fidelity to the word
of God. To put on the belt of truth is to walk in
integrity of heart, sincerity, transparency and
openness to God, to others and even ourselves.
It means the absence of pretense and hypocrisy.
To explain the use of the belt of truth, let us
examine the physical use of a belt. The belt goes
around the middle part of our bodies to ensure
that our clothes stay on.
"The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the
righteous are as bold as a lion". (Proverbs 28: 1 ).
Walking in truth is the basis of our boldness.
Absence of boldness is fearfulness and a fearful
man is a loser before he starts anything. This
explains why Gideon was asked to send back
home all those who were of a fearful heart.
"Now therefore, proclaim in the ears of the
people, saying, 'Whosoever is fearful and afraid,
let him turn and depart at once from Mount
Gilead.' So twenty-two thousand men left, while
ten thousand remained." Judges 7:3).
Moses, the man of God, was also instructed to
give similar warnings to the Israelites whenever
they were ready for war. "The officers shall say
speak further to the people and say, 'What man
is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him
go and return to his house, lest the heart of his
brethren faint like his heart"' . (Deuteronomy
20:8).
Another reason why the belt of truth is so
important is because Bible says that Satan, the
accuser of the brethren, ·accuses us day and
night before our God. (Revelations 12:10). On
the other hand, we overcome Satan by the blood
of the Lamb and the word of our testimony
(verse 12). Two things are required that we must
employ to defeat the accusations of Satan - the
blood of Jesus Christ and the word of testimony.
PRAYER: Father, in the name of Jesus, I come
before you on the basis...

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