Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Breastplate of Righteousness

As I was rummaging through a box a couple days ago to prepare for our yard sale I came across a play breastplate that my children used to play with when they were little. The Breastplate of Righteousness. They would get dressed up in all their armor and out the door they would go, straight into battle. When I saw the breastplate, it brought back many fond memories of little boys fighting many serious battles. A little later my 10year son came running towards me sporting his older brothers sword! He had it secured to his belt and was prepared for battle himself. The Sword of the Spirit, another story.
Back in the day, the Roman breastplate was usually made of bronze, sometimes chain mail. It was called the heart protector, because it guarded the vital organs that keeps us alive.
If I am going to have the breastplate of righteousness on and keep it in place, I must first put on the belt of truth, which holds it in place. Then I put on the breastplate, which is practical application of truth in my life, and then practicing what I know is right.
The enemy, of course, will not like this. he will throw fiery darts my way and do whatever he can to get me to take off the belt of truth and all my armor. So, I am left defenseless on the battleground. He will fling all kinds of accusations my way, I know, because I hear them! But, with the breastplate of righteousness his accusations and lies (fiery darts) can be met with God's truth. Through the power of God, I can say: "I renounce that lie Satan! The truth is, I am complete in Jesus." And, so the battle continues, His Saints are marching on. The Armor is in place, and the war has already been won.
In Ephesians 6 on the Message side I read this:

God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

Say That Again, Jesus, Clothe me in Your Armor today, keep my eyes open, and enable me to be there for other's in the way that You desire, so that none of us falls behind.

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