SPANX ON? BELT ON? WORD ON?

IMG_3041 2by Tammy Phillips
April 25, 2020

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; -Ephesians 6:14

Paul, who wrote Ephesians 6, spent a lot of time in jail looking at the whole armor of the Roman soldier.  The Holy Spirit revealed to him how each piece of Roman armor has an equivalent in the armor of God.  The Roman soldier had a loin belt that girded all the pieces of armor in place.  No loin belt, the armor literally falls to the ground into pieces.  Fast forward; today, the loin belt is a man’s belt, an athlete’s compression short or a woman’s Spanx.  They all hold everything in place.  The loin belt of truth in the armor of God refers to the Truth, the written word of God.  It is what hold us together.  It is our guide to life, love and God.

By divine appointment this post appeared in my memory feed on Facebook, yesterday!  It is from April 24, 2016.  This is my reflection on “the girdle,” the loin belt of truth.

Today, as I was reading my Bible, my love letters from God, I was reminded of a heart felt letter that I received from my youngest son, Parker two years ago at Christmas.  It was one of my favorite gifts.   I purposely tucked it away that Christmas morning to prevent it from getting lost in the celebration of the day.  He gave one to Kris, too.   I came home with his letter, but not mine.  I could not believe it.  I lost something that was invaluable and irreplaceable to me.  I was crushed.  I looked for the letter everywhere. I believed that I would find it this year, somewhere in the Christmas stuff.  I haven’t found the letter yet, but I hope someday I will. 

I tell you this story because I became convicted this morning.  I LOVE my Bible.  I do.  I misplaced it once.  I looked everywhere for it.  I called doctor’s offices, car repair shops, friends, hotels and churches.  I never gave up faith that I would find it.  One day, I discovered that my Bible had lived in the back seat of Brayden’s car for months.  My eldest had been home for Easter, and I had been in his car after church.  He had it the whole time.  

The point of the story?  Had I been as crushed about misplacing my Bible as I was about misplacing Parker’s letter.   Did I value God’s love letters to me as much as Parker’s letter?  Do you value God’s Word or do you take it for granted?   It is ALIVE.  It is LIFE.  Most of all it is LOVE.  It is God revealed.  It is TRUTH.

If you are lonely, it will feel the empty void.  If you need answers, it has every one.  If you need healing, it is a free prescription.  Do not take it for granted.  God spent years divinely appointing and inspiring men to write it.  He wrote is so that we could come to know our Creator, our Loving Father God more and more each time we pick it up.  He wrote it to empower us to stand.

If your boss gave you a manual on how to successfully do your job, would you leave it on your desk and never look at it?   Would you go through a day without accessing it?  How about never opening your emails?  How would that work this day and time?  If your spouse wrote you a love letter, would you leave it on your nightstand unopened?   The Bible is our instruction guide on how to do life.  It is our love letter from Love.

I enCOURAGE you to put on your spiritual Spanx or compression short.  I enCOURAGE to tighten your belt.  I enCOURAGE you to never miss a day wrapped in the truth of God’s word.  It is what holds up and keeps from falling to pieces.

By the Way, last June 2019, I was looking through some cookbooks.  I found one that Brayden gifted me, Christmas 2014.  I found Parker’s letter.  I had tucked it in the the back of that book for safe keeping.  God is faithful because I always believed I would find it.  Ask anyone in my family!  Glory to God!  He was the Way that led me to the letter.

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