The Belt of Truth

Reading for Today: Proverbs Chapter 8

Gold Nugget
Verse 7: “For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips."

I’m surprised sometimes at how much liberty Christians take when it comes to the truth. Somewhere along the way, it became okay for us to adjust the truth or replace it all together. Sometimes I see this in more mature Christians and they will do it without shame. How did we come to this? It used to be that Christians where known for their inability to tell a lie. It was something we took pride in. There was no such thing as a white lie. The principle of not lying ruled other moral areas of our life. Not only would we avoid lying, but we would avoid doing things that we would have to lie about. The Word of God is timeless. If it was a sin to lie 100 or 1,000 years ago; it's sin today. Not only is it a sin to lie but, it lowers our defense and makes us vulnerable to the enemy. Consider the words of the Apostle Paul mentioned in Ephesians 6:14 "Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness". Paul teaches us about the armor of God. To put on the whole armor of God, you must have on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. This is all to be able to stand against the devil. Neglecting even one part of this armor will leave us open to the enemies attacks. Neglecting to be honest is neglecting the belt of truth from the armor of God. Do you really want to leave your guard down for the devil to attack? It's better to purpose to be honest in all ways and in all things. Even if it means we will have to avoid certain actions that would temp you to lie for a cover up.

Lord, I want to put on your entire armor. Help me to remember that refusing to be dishonest in anyway goes against your character and the character that you want me to reflect. Amen

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