Thursday, June 4th, 2015
In the Roman armor there was a breastplate which was made of bronze backed with tough pieces of hide. This protected one of the most vital areas of the body, the heart. The breastplate of our armor which protects our heart from attacks of Satan is righteousness. This refers to the righteousness of Christ. In the second letter to the Corinthians, Paul describes what Christ has done for us: “He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor 5:21 This is not talking about our righteousness. When we believe in Jesus Christ, His righteousness is given to us. We are not only forgiven for all our sins but we are clothed with the very righteousness of Christ. From that point on as believers in the Gospel of the water and Spirit, as far as our relationship with God is concerned, He sees us as righteous as Christ.
What Satan likes to do is to come in when we have failed God and say, “Aha, you are not going to be acceptable to God now. Look what you did!.” At that time, if we have put on the breastplate of righteousness, we can say, “phase out, Satan. I don’t appear to God in my own righteousness and I never did. It’s Christ righteousness which has always made me acceptable and it hasn’t changed.”
A lack of proper understanding in this truth on the word of righteousness could hinder our spiritual growth and discernment. Heb 5:12-14. However, a true believer in the baptism, death and resurrection whichconstitutes God’s righteousness is able to guard his heart from all forms of Satan’s attack.
The following are the results of a heart that is protected with the breastplate of righteousness. Such hearts overflow with strong faith leading to habitual hope that induces optimum love in Christ.
- We are always able to see and experience God’s unconditional love.
- We are always able to believe God’s total forgiveness of sins that covers past, present and future. God is not holding any of them against us.
- We are able to realise that God has a plan for our lives and that He will take everything that happens to us, seemingly good or evil and work it all together for our good. Rom 8:28
- We are able to see that God is utterly faithful and able to keep every promise He has made to us in the Bible.
When we know and count upon this fact, we are able to contend for our precious faith and overcome all trials when God permits to come into our lives.
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