Tighten Your Belt

As we continue to hammer out our New Year’s Resolutions, losing weight is one that is quite common.  Our desire to lose weight can be for many reasons.  But I would like for us to consider one in particular, and that is the ability to tighten your belt.

When we decide to work on losing weight, we begin to picture ourselves at that ideal weight.  We envision ourselves wearing certain outfits and standing with a different posture than before.  I am one who pays close attention to details.  And I believe the way to judge your progress is, by your ability to tighten your belt.

The Belt of Truth

In Ephesians 6:10-19, we read about the Armor of God.  And since we are in the first quarter of the year, I want to discuss the first piece of that armor- the belt of truth.  I believe the belt of truth is not only significant in it’s order of donning, but also because of its level of protection.  Verse 14 (AMP) says, “Stand therefore, [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God.”

The belt was very important for a soldier.  It was worn to hold up their tunics, which in turn allowed them to be more agile during battle.   And it also held their weapon (usually a sword).

More than What Meets the Eye

The writer of this text made it very clear in the beginning, that what we are fighting against, is not flesh and blood, but principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places (verse 12).  Therefore, the belt of truth is not a visible piece of material, but is just as spiritual as the battle itself.

2 Corinthians 10:4 says: For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds.  God doesn’t ever leave us unequipped for the battles we face.  Jesus Himself is Truth, and is always with every believer.

How to Tighten Your Belt of Truth

Tightening our belts of truth is how we will resist and stand firmly against the evil one.  Getting to that tighten notch in our belt requires: recognizing the Truth, recognizing what is fruitful and what is not fruitful.  These recommendations are also found in most weight loss plans.

The Truth

Jesus said I am the Way the Truth and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).  This was Jesus’ response to Thomas after He let the disciples know that He was going away to prepare a place for them.  I call that a “triple threat.”  Jesus gives Thomas, as well as all of us, direction, authentication and perpetuation found only in Him.

Recognizing What is Fruitful

Colossians 1:8-10(AMP):  8 Also he {Epaphras} has informed us of your love in the [Holy] Spirit. 9 For this reason we also, from the day we heard it, have not ceased to pray and make [special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [ in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things- 10 That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition].

Just like weight loss journeys, you must find out what is fruitful or beneficial to you reaching your desired weight, or should I say allowing you the ability to tighten your belt.  And in this case, Paul’s letter written to the Colossians, was explaining his prayer requests for them.  That they would Basically, Paul’s prayer request was that they would be full of the Truth and nothing else.  You know, he didn’t want them taking in junk (or in the case of physical food, food that is made of GMO’s-Genetically modified organisms).

Paul’s requests continued with wanting the Colossians to move about in a way that pleases the Lord.  A life in which you are seeing positive results secondary to the work that you are putting in.  And that persistence continues to increase and yield a knowledge that is far more fruitful than any workout regimen.  It brings you closer to the One who created everything about you.  1 Timothy 4:8(AMP) says, For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.

Recognizing What is Fruitless

In order to continue to be fruitful, we must always be aware of what is fruitless on our journey.  Those things that hinder your progress.  Hebrews 12:1 provides us with guidance:  Therefore Then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.

In hopes to encourage you on your journey, I leave you with Phillippians 3:13-14(AMP):  13 I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]:  forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.

Be blessed!