Armor of God: Breastplate of Righteousness

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Am I good enough? Have I made one too many mistakes? Has God given up on me?  Did I miss my calling? Don’t raise your hand, but have you ever thought one of these thoughts? I am sure that each one of us at some point in our lives has entertained these life sucking questions.

Well, I have exciting news for you. Today’s piece of armor will dispel any doubt and give you the boldness and confidence you need to do all that God has called you to do.

The breastplate of righteousness is an important piece of armor that we need to fully understand and take hold of. The breastplate was the most beautiful piece of armor the Roman soldiers wore. It began at their neck and proceeded down their bodies to their knees. It was made up of small, scale-like pieces of metal. As the soldiers wore the breastplate and moved, the little pieces of metal rubbed together. An amazing thing happened the more they rubbed together: the pieces of metal became shinier and more brilliant. The more the armor was worn, the prettier and brighter it got!  “Jehovah Jireh” is one of God’s names. It means “God Our Provider.” God provides us with health, food, clothing, shelter, the ability to work, along with so much else. Over two thousand years ago God provided the most important free gift to us, His son. Jesus came to earth and provided a way for us to spend eternity with Him. When Jesus died on the cross and rose again, He made it possible for us to be made righteous, or to be made right with God. He gave us a way to be forgiven of our sins and to take the sins away, and off our record forever.

Satan will try everything he can to make you question your salvation. He will plant seeds of doubt. He will cloud your mind with condemnation and guilt. This is why we need to be solid in our understanding of the breastplate of righteousness. There is nothing that we can do to earn our righteousness. It is a free gift that God gives each and every one of us. We will never be good enough, but we have a right to have it and keep it. Once we have asked Jesus to be Lord of our lives, it can’t be taken away from us. Don’t allow Satan to trick you into thinking otherwise!

When we are confident that our righteousness is not actually dependent on our own actions, we can start believing that all of God’s promises are available to you too.

When Satan says, “You are not good enough.” You inform him that, “You are right, I am not good enough! But Christ is in me and He is good enough. Greater is Christ in me than you who are in the world.”

When Satan says, “You can’t do that,” you can inform him that, “You are right, I can’t…on my own. But I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Teach your children about how they are made righteous. Then help them understand that this is not something that they can lose. God will always love them. God will always forgive them. God will always wipe their slates clean. No, of course they aren’t perfect, not do they have to be for God to use them. Teach them to be confident in who they are in Christ.

Be confident in your own righteousness. You are not righteous because of anything you have done, but because of everything God has done. And that will never change. Wear that breastplate of righteousness proudly. Be a shining light for all to see!

Other Resources:

OPL: You Are Holy, Righteous and Redeemed – Do You Believe It?

Joining the Army: Teaching Your Child the A, B, C’s of Salvation

Armor of God: Goals and Armor

Armor of God:  Belt of Truth

Dressed to Kill:  A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare and Armor, by Rick Renner

Church on the Move:  Armor of God Series (Purchase) (Vimeo)

See these Scriptures on Righteousness:  

2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Romans 3:21-22
But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile…

Romans 5:17
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

1 John 5:13-15
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.  This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

Isaiah 51:7-8 NIV
“Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have taken my instruction to heart:
Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals or be terrified by their insults.
For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool.
But my righteousness will last forever, my salvation through all generations.”

Isaiah 61:10
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Psalm 37:17
for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.

Proverbs 10:30
The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land.

All quotations from the NIV.

 

 

 

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