Today’s challenge – The breastplate of Righteousness
Facing the hordes of satan, you brace yourself and pray. The hosts of your enemy share a collective malicious grin, waiting for the command to do their worst. The battle cry sounds. They begin their charge; you tighten your grip on your sword (the Word of God) and raise your shield (the shield of Faith). Weapons begin swinging with unrivaled fury; you do your best to parry the onslaught, but there are too many weapons to block. Eventually, you watch as one of your opponent’s swords begins making a clean arc that continues right past your shield and toward your chest.
You brace yourself, preparing for the worst and expecting your quick demise, watching the weapon move ever closer to you as time slows to a maddening crawl – waiting, waiting, when CLANG! The reverberating noise of the sword striking your breastplate pierces the air. Shaking your head in disbelief, you look down to find that the breastplate of righteousness stopped the deadly blow in its tracks. Delivered by righteousness and with renewed vigor, you plunge back into the fight! (Bible Study Guides)
At salvation, a “breastplate” is issued to each repentant sinner. It is especially designed by God to protect our hearts and souls from evil and deception. Our righteous acts are no match for satan’s attacks (Isaiah 64:6). The breastplate of righteousness has Christ’s name stamped on it, as though he said “Your righteousness isn’t sufficient to protect you. Wear mine.”
How do we put on this breastplate? By Faith! Abraham’s Faith was credited to him as righteousness. (Romans 4:3) When we choose to see, and hear, and sense the world through our “eyes of Faith“, acknowledging that it’s the righteousness of Christ, our hearts and souls are protected. We’re able to offer grace and love, we’re able to follow Him into battle, we’re able to stand knowing satan cannot break our hearts.
Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.