Excerpt from God’s Armor
By M. Nadine

“Stand fast, with the Truth as the belt around your waist”     (Eph 6:14)

When we hear the word, Truth, what do we think?  Do we think of mere facts?  As Christians, we cannot speak of truth in these terms; we must speak of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.  This is what truth means.  The Holy Spirit is Truth Himself, and He lives within us.  Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth” (Jn 14:6).  Today more than ever we need the Holy Spirit, the Belt of Truth.

We must be concerned now, “How can we get the Holy Spirit as our belt of truth?  We’re not so wise, we’re just little.”  And this is exactly how.  We are little, and when we’re little, we need the Holy Spirit to be in charge totally.  Consider Jesus’ words, “I assure you, unless you change and become like little children, you will not enter the Kingdom of God” (Mt 18:3).  Children always check everything out.  They ask question after question.  Children know that they need help.  This does not mean that we do not use our intellect, but rather it means that we know that we need the Holy Spirit to be in charge.

So in order to remain in truth, we must be walking forward in truth ourselves.  Discernment is knowing the difference between light and darkness, truth and deception, love and fear, and good and evil.  It is knowing the difference between the two leaders, Jesus and satan.  Discernment means we check everything out with the Holy Spirit who is active within us.  We need His help.  Hopefully the Holy Spirit will keep us aware that He is our helper so we will always check things out with Him first.

We need to learn about truth because we are constantly dealing with untruth and deception.  Jesus called satan a liar (see Jn 8:44).  But how do we know what is true or untrue unless we are walking in truth ourselves?  We may not even know it’s getting dark unless we are living in the light.  We may not even be aware that the air is getting more and more polluted.  It’s a gradual thing, and it can catch us off guard.  We need discernment in this age where truth and untruth can easily get mixed up.

We’re children of the Light.  We have to see.  God does not want us to be in the dark, so until we have His light in every situation, we don’t move.  We don’t guess.  We wait until we find out what God wants.  We can seek out other people whom we trust, such as a priest, spiritual director, close friend or a spouse, and our discernment must always be in line with the teachings of the Church.  On major decisions we wait for confirmation before we proceed.  The One who gives the confirmation on how we should proceed is the Confirmer, the Holy Spirit.  

“When He comes, however, being the Spirit of Truth He will guide you to all truth.  He will not speak on His own, but will speak only what He hears, and will announce to you the things to come” (John 16:13).