Updated: Jan 22, 2020
“Stand therefore having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.” -Ephesians 6:14
Protect Your Heart!
Just a few hours ago, our grandson entered this world! A whopping 8lbs. 8 Oz, 20.5 inches long strong little boy! Can you tell this grandma is excited?! He has been prayed for and prayed over but is still defenseless. He enters this world we live in with nothing. No food, no clothes, no protection. He depends on his parents for everything.
I share this exciting moment in my life as we continue to focus on this piece of armor - the Breastplate of Righteousness. Without God’s armor we are defenseless against an enemy that is stronger than us but not stronger than Christ. This is why we must put on Christ’s righteousness daily and not our own righteousness which the Bible says is like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6) We need Christ’s righteousness to protect us.
Our grandson cannot do anything on his own except cry and make wet diapers. He cannot even hold up his head yet. As he grows, he will get strong enough to hold up his head, begin to hang onto toys and start to scoot around. Likewise, we must grow and learn how to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness.
So, what exactly is this piece of armor? What does it do? In biblical hermeneutics we are taught to look at the cultural and historical context of the text. Going back about 2,000 years, Paul is writing Ephesian’s from prison. He is under Roman guard and obviously noticed the specific pieces of armor on the soldier.
The breastplate on a Roman soldier was a vital piece. It was designed to protect his heart and other vital organs in his body. Without the breastplate on, one stab from a spear to his heart could destroy his life.
As followers of Christ we do not walk around with this huge heavy metal breastplate to protect our heart. We are commanded to put on the breastplate of righteousness. Righteousness means “right living,” doing what is right in God’s eyes. It is a spiritual piece of armor.
Just like our grandson was born physically alive, the Bible says he is spiritually dead. When we ask Jesus to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, the power of the Holy Spirit comes into our lives and resurrects our soul and we are made alive in Christ! I pray one day my grandson will confess Jesus as his Lord and Savior!
Most of us have been in a situation where we gave into our desire even though we knew it went against what God wanted. I know I have, and I have grown in wisdom from those mistakes.
When we decide to make decisions based on our own desires and not on what Gods word teaches, we are not putting on the Breastplate of righteousness. When we make decisions like these, they are harmful to us and others.
I am reminded of James 1: 14-15, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived, gives birth to sin and sin, when it is full grown gives birth to death.”
God is spirit, and the reality is that there are spiritual evil beings and forces that try to get us to compromise God’s way. Satan, the devil, has been doing this to us since the Garden when he deceived Eve into thinking she would not die if she ate the fruit. Physically she did not die. Spiritual she did.
Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” As we study and memorize and obey God’s word, we take on Christ’s righteousness-the Breastplate of Righteousness! The Bible tells us unashamedly to memorize and tell the Gospel for there is power in it! One podcast I heard recently even referred to God’s Word as “devil repellent!”
God knows that His enemy, the devil, wants to destroy every believer. One stab from the enemy to our heart can destroy our witness for the kingdom. However, when we “put on” the breastplate of righteousness, we can take a stand against anything the devil tries to trick us with.
Jeremiah 23:6 says the, “Lord is our Righteousness!” Put on the breastplate of Christ!
Every day I want to live a Christ honoring life for Him. When I know God and His Word, I am able to make wise decisions to protect my heart. Let me state this scripture again. I challenge you to memorize it if you haven’t already. Protect your heart with the Breastplate of Righteousness! “Put on Devil Repellent!”
Psalm 119:11 says “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”
What scripture has God used in your life to protect your heart?
Share with us two things in our culture today where we need to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness.
Dwell on one area of your life where you need to “put on” the Breastplate of Righteousness. Now take action and do it.