Wearing God’s Breastplate of Righteousness

God’s Armor: The Belt of Truth

Part 2 of 7

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

“Truth and the breastplate of righteousness—being right with God— strengthen us in all our endeavors. We need the shoes of preparation on any of life’s fields, along with the shield of faith—like football pads— to protect against the enemy’s attacks. The helmet of salvation, like a football helmet, also keeps us safe. Praying each day and putting on the full armor of God will help us gain an automatic first down—a deeper connection in God’s zone— and a sure win on any playing field.”

Jake Byrne

Good day to you! It is going to be a great day! Are you ready to experience all God has in store for you?

We are continuing forward with the psychology and Jesus series. Primarily I am writing about how to live intentionally and proactively with Jesus Christ. Remember, the devil is like a roaring lion waiting to see whom he can devour. Are you going to become the devil’s prey?

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).

Since the devil couldn’t care less about your prosperity, success, or cultivating a thriving life, he is going to do everything he can to stop you! You know he’s going to attack you! It’s one of life’s guarantees, but Jesus said he came to give you an abundant life (John 10:10). Therefore, the question arises, are you going to focus on the trials or the abundance Jesus brought to you?

Last week we talked about how to put on and apply the Belt of truth successfully. Today we are going to talk about wearing your BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS effectively and courageously.

First, let’s unpack the word “righteousness” concerning the Word and God.

Righteousness means “right standing with God.” Doing things God’s way, not the world’s way! The old English of righteousness is “right” and means wise, way, or manner. When you begin to trust yourself, you may find yourself operating more in your God-given gifts and talents. From there, your ability to discern wisdom will significantly grow, and I encourage you to practice that. The more you do something, the easier it is to build in it. The more you do it, the better you will get!

Now here is where things can get tricky. It would be best if you remember your worth. You must retain your worth concerning God and how God sees you, not how you see yourself. You must remember, in God’s eyes, you are fantastic, excellent, and loved. You must remember that God will never leave you or forsake you and that he is always with you regardless of whether you feel it.

Part of successfully wearing God’s armor is remembering how much God loves you, even if you won’t allow him into your world. God loves you, even if you aren’t living to His standards. The only difference is when you live by His standards, you become right with God; therefore, you are righteous. However, God will always accept you, and that’s powerful whether you realize it or not.

History of the Breastplate of Righteousness:

The Roman soldiers would have fastened the breastplate around their chest. Now there were two types of breastplates back then. The first type was fashioned by joining several broad curved metal bands together using leather thongs. The second kind was a type of chainmail made up of small metal rings linked together until they formed a vest.

The purpose of both types of breastplates was the same – to protect the soldier’s vital organs.

And guess what? That is precisely what God wants to do with you. When you place on the breastplate of righteousness, you are allowing God to protect your vital organs. Successfully wearing this armor comes down to whether you know what is in right standing with God – what God approves – versus what God does not stand for, agree with, believe.

If you choose to sin, then God can’t stop you from doing it per se. He can influence you and encourage you not to through the Holy Spirit, but you have free will. When you sin or do something outside of God’s encouragement, desires, or law, you have taken off the breastplate armor, saying, “Hey, God, I got this! I don’t need your help anymore.” Now, this is dangerous because, without that breastplate, the fiery darts from the enemy can begin to penetrate you.

He put on righteousness as his body armor and placed the helmet of salvation on his head. He clothed himself with a robe of vengeance and wrapped himself in a cloak of divine passion (Isaiah 59:17).

Application of the Breastplate of Righteousness:

Here’s the thing, God offers His righteousness to every believer in Jesus Christ (Titus 3:5; Philippians 3:9).

If God offers His righteousness to every believer in Jesus Christ, then what does it mean to put on and successfully wear the breastplate of righteousness?

Well, first, it’s choosing to believe and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. It’s understanding in your heart, not your mind. It is knowing you cannot be righteous (or in right standing) with God until you see Jesus as your Lord and Savior – as the Son of Our Father in Heaven. It’s learning to stand firm against injustice and corruption (Leviticus 19:15; Hebrews 1:9). Isaiah is a beautiful chapter in the Bible that talks about doing things even if you sense fear. It’s choosing to move forward even with the sensation of fear and trusting God to be your advocate and protector. Lastly, it’s knowing that God promised His protection against evil forces for those who have faith in Jesus (2 Thessalonians 3:3).

The application of wearing the breastplate of righteousness is more about walking in faith, your beliefs, and how much you apply God’s word in your life. If you’re a part-time believer, you’re going to get part-time results.

But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of our hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8).

In closing, think about how you participate in life. How do you respond to hardships? … to trials? Do you believe God’s promise his protection against the forces of evil for those who have faith in Christ? Do you focus more on your trials or Jesus’s abundance?

Take some time today to figure out how you can wear the breastplate of righteousness better. Do you need to love as God loves? Do you need to forgive as God forgives? Are you thinking with the mind of Christ or the carnal mind? 

Where does your breastplate of righteousness have holes? 

Prayer: Father God, I see how important it is to live righteously and obedient to You. I do not always do a great job of that. Please help me to successfully wear the Breastplate of Righteousness. Help me to do Your will in everything. I ask that You help me glorify You in everything I do.  Father, I thank You for growing me and pruning me to be a great, strong, and courageous Warrior for Christ. Thank You for giving me wisdom and understanding. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

God’s Armor: The Belt of Truth

God’s Armor: The Belt of Truth

Part 1 of 7

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

" Keep calm and put on the armor of God"

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We are continuing forward with the psychology and Jesus series. However, it’s important to live intentionally with vigilance and focus. Remember, the devil is like a roaring lion waiting to see whom he can devour.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).

Since the devil couldn’t care less about your prosperity, success, or cultivating a thriving life, he is going to do everything he can to stop you!

What do you do?

First, remember the devil has already been defeated (1 John 3:8)! However, the enemy has done an excellent job of being a sore loser and perverting things. Think about it – most people pray about their problems when God says to pray for your solutions and desires (Mark 11:23).

Secondly, we must put on the armor of God and USE IT! Merely wearing the armor of God is not enough to defeat the enemy.

Today I am going to discuss how you can successfully apply the first piece of the armor of God to defeat (once again) that stubborn lion! Over the next few weeks, I will explain the history and the application of each piece of God’s armor.

We will be starting with Ephesians 6:10-14 for today, and throughout the next weeks, we will discuss the remaining verses. I am going to copy the Amplified Version as I think the brackets add further understanding.

10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. (Ephesians 6:10-12 AMP)

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. (Ephesians 6:13-14 NLT)

The Belt of Truth is the first thing Paul tells us to put on!

History of the Belt of Truth:
The belt of truth refers back to the leather apron belt that hung in front of the Roman soldier’s lower abdomen and groin. Small brass plates were also strategically placed onto the apron to provide the highest possible protection.

I think the brass plates were added because low blows (if you get what I mean) were expected and included from the devil. He will hurt you where it hurts the most, and when he does it (when you allow him to), he’s going to laugh with pleasure. The devil couldn’t care less about playing fair. He’s out to DESTROY YOU!

Interestingly, the belt of truth would have been the FIRST piece of protective gear the soldiers would have put on themselves. It protected the soldiers’ most vulnerable and sensitive areas.

To me, it makes sense that the belt of truth was called this due to it being the first piece of protective wear the soldiers put upon their bodies. Why? It is hard to protect yourself from anything when you are unable to identify truth from a lie! God’s Word is TRUTH! It’s life. It is the way! If you do not have scripture buried in your heart, you will not be able to stand your ground because you will not know how to discern the truth. Therefore, it is that much easier for the enemy to devour you! If you cannot decipher between a lie and the truth… well, you are in more trouble than you may realize.

Application of the Belt of Truth:

Think of the belt of truth as accurate or correct living, living God’s way. Remember, the devil will fight you with lies. He will twist, manipulate, and pervert God’s truth. Therefore, we must decipher or discern information concerning God’s Word.

The belt of truth prepares one to be ready for action. We are to always be prepared to fight the enemy off (1 Peter 5:8).

How can you prepare yourself in every circumstance? By making sure that you are a person of truth. You must know God’s truth. That means knowing the good news about Jesus, understanding in your heart why you believe in Jesus, and living as a person of integrity as someone honest and trustworthy.

Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world (1 Peter 2:12).

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed (1 Peter 3:15,16).

I am always amazed at how quickly people accept and agree with the words spoken over, at, or to them. You must be careful agreeing with others before you have thought about it or gone to the Word of God. Instead of just foolishly agreeing with people on unfamiliar areas you are unsure about, say the following instead:

“I hear what the person is saying regarding this subject. I don’t know if that is true or simply their truth. Since I seem curious about it, I am going to look into what they are saying before I go any further with participating with their thoughts.”

It is crucial to apply God’s truth to all the enemy’s lies. I encourage you to start adopting a God filter, where you run everything you hear through God and His Word before buying into it.

Prayer: Father God, help me to wear Your belt of truth successfully. I want to be a warrior for Your army. Teach me Your ways and how to fight successfully in Your name. Thank You for teaching me how to discern the real fight and successfully defeat the enemy in Jesus’ name.