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The weapon of choice that God uses together with faith is truth. As Paul illustrated for us in Ephesians 6 about the armour of God in the language of the warriors/soldiers of his days, faith is the shield and truth is the belt.

Faith as the shield reveals itself as the weapon that protects the soldier, but it is also the weapon with which a soldier can push back the enemy so as to topple him or to deflect the strike of the enemy to set himself up for a counter strike. However, have you ever wondered why Paul wrote that truth is the belt… the belt of truth? It is hardly the weapon that we would imagine it to be. Perhaps if it was large and thick enough it could protect the waist, but aside from that, a belt is hardly that which you would consider to be a weapon

However, a weapon it is, and it is not a weapon of warfare, but rather, a weapon of discipline, for when a man uses a belt as a weapon, it is not to inflict death but pain… pain of punishment so that a person, a wrongdoer, might pay for his wrongdoing, and a servant is punished not as to death, but as to correction.

It is this 21st century society where man and Satan have caused discipline to be mistaken for abuse because of the horrendous acts of abuse that have been perpetrated in the name of discipline. Again, the use of a belt in the context of a weapon, and more importantly, the type of weapon, an instrument of punishment and discipline, is offensive to those who do not have in mind the things of God, but of everyone else. The counterfeit of loving discipline is harsh, abusive discipline, so often portrayed with the father undoing his belt to attack his child in rage, which has blinded most of us to the true value and use of the belt and why Paul called truth the belt of truth rather than the sword of truth in his description of the armour of God.

As a belt is used to hold clothing in place so that a person’s nakedness is not exposed, so likewise, truth is used to bind the garments of salvation over our nakedness (our sinfulness) so that we need not be ashamed anymore. However, it is truth, not excuses, reasons or causes, that is the belt… and the truth that holds the garments of salvation in place over all of us is this simple one that Paul wrote: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God For salvation is for all as Paul wrote: …all… are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus …not just any ‘christ’, but by Christ Jesus. Without truth, like a belt, the garments are not tied down and a person’s clothing may fall and nakedness exposed… then the grace of God through Jesus Christ cannot cover over the sins of a person

You see, Adam when confronted by God about his acquired knowledge of his true state, offered an excuse rather than a confession of the truth… that is, he gave a reason for his nakedness that was designed to excuse his culpability – “The woman You put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it” – rather than a straight forward admission of the truth, saying, “I ate the fruit You forbade me to eat.” How different the response of God would have been… because in Adam admitting that he ate of what was forbidden, he would have in fact told God that he had made use of the one gift of God that sets all of man apart from animals – the gift of choice. He may have chosen wrongly, but at least he would have chosen and used the gift of God. He still would have chosen not to believe and obey God, that is true, but he would have admitted to the truth of what he did and who he was… a sinner. Whether he repented or not is not as relevant as we might make it… for it is the exercise of choice that is more important. The man, the image of God, being able to make a choice is the proof that he is made in God’s Image and because he makes it by faith, then God has succeeded in His venture… created His image that produced an ingredient called faith… that same faith that Jesus produced when He permitted Himself to be the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world. So then man would have made himself, by the use of his choice, a creature, a creation, worthy of being the image of God, for indeed he had in him the very substance that was brought by the slaying of the Lamb – faith, that is, the substance, hope and certainty of what is yet unseen.

Had Adam used the truth from the beginning instead of an excuse and a relegation of blame and responsibility, he would have been able to continue his walk with God, having gone from an innocent creature without knowledge of good and evil in an instant to a creature knowing good and evil, if only he had then repented as well. For it is repentance that brings God’s glory to manifest His grace, even to the point of changing God’s mind even after it has been decreed. This was displayed in Ahab’s life and in the city of Nineveh… as both repented, both were spared. Had Adam taken hold of the truth that it was his choice to sin and then chose to repent, then the truth would have set him free from the expulsion from the garden. Even had he refused to repent, but did not accredit the cause of his failure to God and the woman God gave him, then he would not have made himself subject to Eve’s answer and excuse to God, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

The truth is the serpent did not deceive Eve first, for all he said was, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” but asked a simple question that required a simple “Yes.” Eve began the deception the moment she added to what God said and so she was no longer speaking the truth… and the rest is history. Eve added to what God said… and Satan opposed what God said when he said, “You will not surely die.”

So no one, not man or Satan, chose to use the truth and in so doing, exposed their weakness, their nakedness, in their plans, like garments not held down by a belt would expose nakedness… so everything man and Satan do can be exposed and therefore will be exposed, but that which God does is never exposed unless He chooses to. To this observed truth, Moses commented: The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

Truth then allows God to have His secrets in such a way that His secrets can never be revealed unless He chooses to, whereas the untruth, the lie, is of no value in keeping a secret a secret. What this means in war is that God’s secret plans remain secret if He chooses, but Satan’s and man’s plans can never remain a secret but will always be eventually exposed. Now the side whose plans are exposed is the side that stands to lose in any war.

That is why God’s choice of weapon, ‘truth’ rather than ‘lies’, is so superior, and the figure of speech used to define it, ‘the belt of truth’, also reveals God’s Father nature… the Father who uses truth to discipline and to dress His children so that their nakedness is not exposed.

Because God uses and speaks the truth about everything, even when asked of His deepest secrets, He can give the answer that hides the secret without the secret being revealed unless He chooses to reveal it. An example is when Moses asked God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His Name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” God told Moses everything about Himself without telling Moses anything. That is the incredible power of truth… being able to reveal everything without revealing anything that you do not want to be revealed. So that anyone like the Israelites may know God who is “I AM,” but yet not know anything more.

Likewise, when the Lord said to Isaiah, “I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things,” that is the truth that you may believe and fear Him, but yet, in that truth, nothing about how God forms the light or creates darkness is ever known… nothing about how He brings prosperity and creates disaster… nothing is nothing, and so the secret things of God remain with God.

But a lie, which is the weapon Satan has chosen, is anything but a belt. A lie does not hold up to testing no more than clothes without a belt will always cover a person, and as such, a lie has no secrets and everything about it will be made known. If it has a weakness, it will be known. If it has a failure, it will be known. If it can be neutralised and countered, it will be made known, that is, made manifest and be witnessed. So therefore, unless a person is perfect and can produce a perfect lie, then all lies will fail and with time and attrition be exposed, which is why God is patient, why Love is patient, and why patient endurance is called for from the saints.

For the best way to expose a lie is patience… for time proves every prophecy and promise, unless the lie is perfect. Now, if Satan had not sinned before he lied, then perhaps he might have been a formidable enemy who could have contended with God. Unfortunately for the father of all lies, he sinned before he lied, and in so doing, the lie he produced was devoid of perfection.

For when God first created him, it is true that, as God said, “You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty,” but unfortunately, he sinned and ruined his perfection when, as it is written: “Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned.” You see, Satan’s first sin, which destroyed the perfection, was not lies, not even pride, but wickedness because “…wickedness was found in you.”

The forsaking of God and His ways – wickedness – was the originator of Satan’s sin, and since it was the forsaking of God’s ways, then it was the forsaking of all that God had done to make him. This meant Satan forsook, departed, cast aside, turned away, from perfection, wisdom and beauty – the three qualities God endowed in him.

In forsaking God by his wickedness, he condemned himself to imperfection, foolishness and ugliness, so that whatever he would produce thereafter would always be imperfect, foolish and ugly. Meaning that which he is credited with fathering is imperfect, foolish and ugly as well. All lies are imperfect and being imperfect cannot endure. All lies are foolish and being foolish cannot win souls. And we do not have to mention about ugliness.

That is why as much as Satan has desired to win and gain the souls of men, he has not been able to save his own, much less win the souls of any man… for when the truth about him is revealed and “All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.” That is why there is never a need for God to lie to win the war, for Satan has already lied. In lying Satan has already lost the war. It is not that the war was won before it began for God, but that the war was lost by Satan before it began. Now if you understand this, then you will appreciate the true power of truth, which reveals what it chooses to reveal and yet conceals forever whatever it chooses to conceal, and no one who is not on truth’s side can see what is hidden behind the truth.

But yet truth is the belt, not the sword. It is not the weapon that kills, so therein again lays the mercy and compassion of God who is the Father. Truth binds the coverings so that nakedness is not revealed and shame is not produced. Truth as a belt disciplines and in the proper hands only hurts enough for the one who is loved to repent and be forgiven. And finally, truth is the belt, for upon it you can hang all other things until you need them, even the sword. It allows the person to enter a household without a sword in his hand, for it allows the sword to be sheathed and carried. It allows any warrior to approach in peace and make a peace offering.

The truth allows God the Warrior to approach His enemies in peace without a sword in His hand, only the shield of faith, and to extend a free hand in peace and friendship.

God’s second choice of weapon, the truth, is because of what it is able to do, to hide what He chooses to hide and so keep His secrets, for an enemy with secrets you do not know is a dangerous enemy. However, above all else, it allows Him to approach His enemies in peace, for after all, He is Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father, Mighty God, Wonderful Counselor. And as the last shall be the first, so the Wonderful Counselor, the Holy Spirit, will give place to the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ the Son.

In Isaiah 9.6, this verse by Isaiah, this prophecy – And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – illustrates all that I have said about truth. It reveals and yet hides what it chooses to hide, for this verse declares the “I AM WHO I AM and yet reveals the “I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE to those to whom God chooses to reveal and hides forever the plans of God from those who delight in wickedness, so that “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.” For God has always declared the truth from the beginning and has never withheld anything from those who seek Him, for Him and His way. Rather, it is His enemies, those who delight in forsaking Him and His way, who blind themselves, deafen themselves, stupefy themselves and deceive themselves with their lies, and so lose their souls because they refuse to be sent, and even when sent, they refuse to work for the honour and glory of the One who sent them… and a creature, a man, without a soul is but a beast.

And we become this wondrous weapon… yes, truth is not a weapon we use, but a weapon we become… we become this wondrous weapon whenever we do not speak on our own, but work for the honour of the One who sent us, for Jesus said, “He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.” So the man of truth is not the man who speaks the truth, for Paul has declared: Let God be true, and every man a liar. A liar who speaks the truth is still a liar, and if he repents of the lie, if he confesses of the lie, then he remains not worthy to be listened to again. So how can a person be a man of truth when all men are liars, for Adam never spoke the truth about his sin and Eve allowed herself to be deceived when she believed Satan and in doing so, called God a liar?

No, the man of truth is the man who works, not speaks, for the honour of the one who sent him, and that man is the weapon in God’s hand.

Truth then is God’s weapon of choice that is not shared by His enemy, and we become such a weapon when we work for God’s honour whenever and wherever He sends us. And no one can honour the Father if he denies the Son, and no one can honour the Son when he denies the Father, so that only he or she who works for the honour of the Son honours the Father, and he or she who honours God the Father honours the Son, for this is the truth of God about God… “I AM WHO I AM,” Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. He is the Father, He is the Son and He is the Holy Spirit because He has said, “I AM…”

No one who claims to work for the honour of God when God has not sent him is a man of truth, and when you are not a man of truth, then you are doomed to be exposed for all that you are, for only a man of truth has nothing false about him… nothing, and that is the unmatchable power of truth.

That is why we must show mercy to our enemies, for they have chosen that which will guarantee their destruction, the refusal to go when sent and the refusal to honour the one who sent them, which is what makes them true liars.

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