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Fasten to Truth

The Watered Soul: Fasten to Truth

Sep 8, 2010

Fasten to Truth

Buckled in Truth (image)

So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God's approval as your breastplate. Ephesians 6:14 (GW)

Even after writing on Centered on Truth for Monday Manna, Ephesians 6:14-18 has still been mulling around in my head. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines fasten in 4 ways:

  1. to attach especially by pinning, tying, or nailing
  2. to fix or set steadily
  3. to take a firm grip
  4. to attach persistently and usually objectionably

If my life as a believer is to be centered on truth, what Truth is it that I should be attached persistently, fixed steadily, and grasping with a firm grip?

* the Truth of who Christ is

* the Truth of who I am in Christ

For the most part, I don’t have great difficulty in believing who the Bible says Jesus is. It’s the truths He says about me that gives me problems. My old ways of viewing myself consistently object to these truths.  Which further points to the reason why I need to be getting dressed daily in the armor God has provided.

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30 Comments:

At September 8, 2010 at 4:20 AM , Blogger Amanda said...

oh wow!!! This is simply gorgeous... I love the graphics! Well done!

I am with you... it is who I am in Christ that I wrestle with. I love the dictionary definitions... something to ponder on deeply.

Thanks Wanda!

 
At September 8, 2010 at 4:32 AM , Blogger Denise said...

Awesome post.

 
At September 8, 2010 at 4:52 AM , Blogger Just Be Real said...

Amen Wanda. I want to be fasten to Christ and His word. Blessings.

 
At September 8, 2010 at 4:52 AM , Blogger GlowinGirl said...

I identify with you here! And so we need to take that firm grip on Truth and make sure our minds are fastened onto it. Great word-picture, Wanda! I love having that word defined so I can really ponder it.

 
At September 8, 2010 at 5:53 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

Ain't that the truth! As long as we're clothed in this robe of flesh we will struggle with the truth of who we are in Christ. I will put on the WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD!

Thanks Sis -- have a blessed day!!

 
At September 8, 2010 at 6:19 AM , Blogger MTJ said...

Hi Wanda,

This is a good addendum to the previous post. A particular scripture is beginning to resonate in my spirit:
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me."

This scripture is helping me understand and realize that my identification with Christ becomes tangible and effective solely to the extent that I allow the truth of Christ to operate in me.

In the past, I tried to mimic Christ or someone I preceived as spiritual, but eventually who I was and who I identified with came out of me. This was exhausting and contradictory to what I wanted; but I didn't understand what I needed.

The life of Christ is real; Christ wants to live in the believer. Allowing the truth of Christ (the Word of God) to become meaningful in my life is the identification I so desperately sought.

Thanks for providing the additional manna sister.

Blessings and peace.

MTJ

 
At September 8, 2010 at 6:56 AM , Blogger welcome to my world of poetry said...

A very clever post Wanda, I enjoyed the read infact I read it rwice over,

Have a lovely day,

Yvonne.

 
At September 8, 2010 at 7:21 AM , Anonymous ozjane said...

Lovely and so true..to know intellectually that He rejoices over me with singing...because that is what His word says, but in my heart I sort of feel and that is the dangerous word....feel, that it refers to other and not me.
But that is not what faith and truth says.

 
At September 8, 2010 at 7:54 AM , Blogger Carrie said...

"It’s the truths He says about me that gives me problems."

Isn't that so true, Wanda?!?! ... especially for us women!! Thanks for the creative reminder - I'm a visual learner!! ;)

Have a blessed WFW!!

 
At September 8, 2010 at 8:23 AM , Blogger Nicole said...

Great post and that picture is perfect!!

I too need to be dressing the armor God provided us!

 
At September 8, 2010 at 9:18 AM , Blogger Joyfull said...

Great truth we truly need to buckle around us every day. Love the picture and the verse.

 
At September 8, 2010 at 9:51 AM , OpenID hljourney said...

Awesome - wonderful - great picture! I share with you in having a problem remembering who I am in Christ... agreeing that I know who Christ is - the Bible shares so greatly! Keeping reminders around me:
John 15:15 I am Christ's friend
Romans 5:1 I have been justified
Ephesians 1:5 I have been adopted as God's child
Colossians 2:10 I am complete in Christ
Ephesians 2:10 I am God's workmanship
!!!
Getting dressed ... with the belt of Truth wrapped tightly around my waste!
God is great in letting us know we're not alone ... thankful for WFW to share His Word & our journey's together!
Hugs & Prayers, HL

 
At September 8, 2010 at 10:29 AM , Blogger Mystiqua K said...

Amen Wanda! I have the same problem! I think I will meditate on this scripture today! Happy WFW!!!

 
At September 8, 2010 at 10:37 AM , Blogger BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

Oh yes, Wanda. This past weekend was my time to really get fixed and steady, and boy, what a time. Hard, but necessary, work.

 
At September 8, 2010 at 11:02 AM , Blogger Joanne Sher said...

Oh, Wanda - LOVE this. Super stuff. Thanks - and happy WFW

 
At September 8, 2010 at 12:21 PM , Blogger Peggy said...

Blessings Wanda...Thanks for this excellent reminder of Ephesians! This is so well depicted and than shared!
I love this part:

"...in believing who the Bible says Jesus is. It’s the truths He says about me that gives me problems."

This is why the bottom of my blog has WHO I AM in CHRIST to remind me when I think these thoughts or believe these lies! Excellent lesson & Truth! Firmly getting a grip and fixing my eyes on His Truth! Putting on the full armor, 'cuz when I miss any parts, I find
out the hard way. Love your belt graphic!!!

EnJOY WFW!
Peggy

 
At September 8, 2010 at 1:03 PM , Anonymous Chelsey said...

Awesome Reminder! Never leave home without it!!!

 
At September 8, 2010 at 4:36 PM , Anonymous Christian said...

It is really important for us as children of the light to live in truth... Great verse! Thanks for sharing!

You can view mine on: http://superyan23.blogspot.com/2010/09/wfw-fear-not.html

 
At September 8, 2010 at 6:38 PM , Blogger Joan said...

Yes, we certainly need that belt of truth. Great WFW.

Blessings,
Joan

 
At September 8, 2010 at 6:52 PM , Blogger Gregg said...

Wanda, I made two lists in my comment box for you in answering your question on what reference material I use to study. If you check back on todays post you will see the material I use, Great question, thanks for asking!

 
At September 8, 2010 at 8:09 PM , Blogger Ellie said...

I love how you took a simple object, most of use daily and made it a badge of courage! Well Done~

I have something for you ;-D

 
At September 8, 2010 at 10:19 PM , Blogger Bernadine said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my post at Laced with Grace. Love this post, I'll be meditating on this scripture myself.

 
At September 8, 2010 at 10:36 PM , Blogger Heather said...

Awesome picture and scripture!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!! My study today was about seeing ourselves as Christ sees us,even though it is hard.

 
At September 8, 2010 at 11:05 PM , Blogger Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

A good reminder on how to dress ourselves every day.

Blessings,
Janis

 
At September 9, 2010 at 2:56 PM , Blogger lori said...

Wanda...I'm a day late getting around, but I SWEAR, every week you inspire me with something else to use with my girls in Bible Study!:) AWESOMENESS!! This is GREAT! We can make belts and memorize this verse! You completely inspired another lesson! Thank you!!

LOVE it!!

peace!
lori

 
At September 9, 2010 at 5:34 PM , Blogger Karen said...

Amen...great word for today! Awesome graphic!

 
At September 9, 2010 at 7:52 PM , Blogger sarah said...

YES!!!

 
At September 9, 2010 at 8:29 PM , Blogger Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Awesome post, verse and illustration of the verse! Need to make a point to put on the full armor of God everyday! :)

Have a blessed day!
Sherry

 
At September 9, 2010 at 9:40 PM , Blogger Grammy said...

Hi, Wanda,
First, I want to say thank you for your continued support over the past few months. Second, I appreciate what you had to say about Ephesians and the whole armor of God. Our pastor is preaching a series of sermons with that as his text. It is wonderful, is it not? More later. Love, Ruby

 
At September 10, 2010 at 10:53 AM , Blogger LisaShaw said...

Amen and Amen and to your last paragraph I say, Amen again!!

Powerful sharing Wanda. Thank you for always sharing your heart in the LORD. Whenever I am able to visit I come with the anticipation of seeing, hearing, feeling MORE of JESUS!

Love and hugs!

 

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