…..with the breastplate of righteousness in place……
The first question, when talking about the armor or God, is this:
“Do you truly believe Christians are in a spiritual battle?”
If you do, then you realize how vital wearing this armor is in our daily walk.
Often in our life, difficult events can cause our “shield of faith” to drop a little.
When our shield drops, our heart is exposed.
Sickness, loss, hurt, unanswered prayer, and all sorts of other valleys……can lead to times of doubt as we attempt to find a way to understand how God’s love matches up with our pain. Believe me, I have experienced many shield-slipping moments in my life.
I think one of the devil’s biggest goals is to bring doubt and questioning into our lives, so that we will feel weak and defenseless.
When we find our faith feeling a little shaky, it’s IMPERATIVE that we have our heart protected….
with our breastplate of righteousness.
What does this mean?
I read in one commentary that,
“To be righteous is to do what is right in God’s eyes. God’s commandments are righteousness.
In contrast, lawlessness is sin, and sin is the opposite of righteousness. So to be righteous is to obey God’s laws of love.”
Knowing that when my faith seems weak, I can still stand up against the devil’s schemes as long as I continue to live a life of righteousness strengthens me today.
I have my belt securely fastened.
My breastplate is in place.
It’s time to head out the door into the battlefield of life, so until tomorrow I thought I’d leave you with a few verses about righteousness.
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
My tongue shall speak of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteousness.
1 Corinthians 15:34
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
1 Thessalonians 5:8
But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
It is so exciting to know that ONE DAY all of our efforts will be rewarded!! I love this verse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
Thankful for each of you and every prayer you lift for me and my family.
I’m praying for you as I drive to work,