The breastplate of righteousness

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Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, Ephesians 6:14

We saw the belt of truth yesterday as the first armor. Today we are looking at the breastplate of Righteousness as a protective weapon against the attacks of the enemy. Righteousness is simply a life lived in obedience to God’s Word. It is living in daily, moment-by-moment obedience to the Heavenly Father. If we do not protect ourselves with righteousness, we open ourselves up to attack from the enemy and can fall into sin.

Today, we are looking at righteousness in an ethical context. We are talking about practical Christian living. Paul s telling us to “put on” something. He’s telling us that we have to do certain things that require effort on our part in order to stand in the evil day, to stand against the wiles, the strategies of the evil one. So the righteousness here, is the combination of both positional and practical righteousness. It’s both Christ’s work for us, which is foundational and Spirit’s work in a d through us, which is practical.

This righteousness is not perfect; it’s progressive. It’s not complete; it’s something that we are in the process of working out daily. God supplies the standard and the power, but we must supply the willingness. God dresses us in imputed righteousness (like we dress a child) but we must put on our practical righteousness everyday. Doing the right things in every single thing we do. Someone defines righteousness as God’s way of doing things.

I Declare: Today I declare that my heart is guarded against the onslaught of deception and distraction. My life is empowered to act and do right in all circumstances as pleasing unto the Lord.

Ignite Thought: A righteous life is a protected life, sin is a reproach.

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