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.”
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.