The Belt Test

There have been so many treats pass through our house these past few months.  There have been cupcakes, pies, homemade cookies, peanut butter cups, chocolate galore, and chocolate covered strawberries.  And now it is Girl Scout cookie season, with Thin Mints to tempt me at the entrance of every store I enter.  

If I indulged in even half of these sweets I might find myself having to loosen my belt a bit to accommodate my expanding waistline.  That doesn’t even account for the other waist expanding delicacies that came through our house on a consistent basis. 

As a society we have gotten really good at cooking and baking and of xourse tasting and eating.  Thank goodness clothes come in bigger sizes, but if I start down a path of constant indulgence, when do I know I’ve let things get out of control?  I keep loosening the belt until eventually it won’t fit anymore.  The belt becomes worthless and becomes a decoration in my closet.  That’s when I know things have definitely gotten out of hand.

Did you know that the Lord asks us to put on a spiritual belt?  It’s the belt of truth.  Truth is God’s word and we are to wear it always.  It is a part of the spiritual armor the Lord cautions us to wear as we go about our daily life.

The world if full of temptations of indulgence.  There is so much junk food available in the world that we can take in and we will have to start loosening that belt of truth.  There are fun indulgences that can become overindulgences as we stuff them in-between us and the time we spend with the Lord.  

If I’m mindlessly scrolling through social media, but not reading God’s word, the world begins to become my truth.  I need to loosen that belt a little.  When I turn the TV on and binge a season of my favorite show, but leave God’s word on the shelf I need to loosen that belt a little more.  There is also the indulgence of finding fulfillment in the things of this world like shopping, socializing, and streaming music constantly, causing me to take the belt out just a bit more.

Then there are the unhealthy temptations of the world, poisons that push that belt further out.  That first look at inappropriate images, the juicy gossip we can’t wait to share, the sharp words we had to share with the stranger on the other side of a computer screen, and a multitude of sins that go against the word of God.

Then one day the belt doesn’t fit.  The belt, the Bible, God’s word, a Christian’s truth, goes onto the shelf.  It becomes a decoration that doesn’t fit.  

In this state we are left vulnerable.  Maybe it’s time we went in a spiritual diet and trimmed some of the junk food from our diets, or purged the poisons outright in order to tighten that belt of truth.  

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

Ephesians 6:13‭-‬18

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