The Armor of God Part 3
The Breastplate of Righteousness
“Keeping it Right”
“Where lives change and where life can begin again”
“Keeping it Right” doesn’t mean you are right all the time or that you won’t make
mistakes and fall away from doing things that are right. Keeping it right means
realizing, “I don’t know how to live in your righteousness, so God you teach me
and show me how.” Keeping the right heart is what matters most to God.
“It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in
the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
A yielded heart, a determination to love God with all of your heart, mind, soul and
strength makes wearing the Breastplate highly potent and an effective weapon in
The Breastplate was the shiniest, most gorgeous piece of the whole armor. It was
the first thing that most people would notice. It was the heaviest piece of the
armor and weighed at least 40 pounds and sometimes up to 125 pounds.
The more that a soldier used his breastplate, the more the metal would begin to
shine. If this breastplate was put away in a room, it would lose its beauty in the
darkness. However, with use every day, the shine of the armor became
increasingly brilliant. The more you wear the righteousness of God, the more
brilliantly He shines from your life.
Righteousness is knowing that I am covered by the blood of Jesus Christ and it is
His blood that has washed me clean and has made me right before God. There is
nothing in and of ourselves that we can do or any good works done through our
actions, but totally by His blood are we made righteous. It is a gift of God! Now
we must pursue to be like our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and keep our eyes
upon Him and allow His righteousness to shine through us.
For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even
greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive
it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
The Breastplate is a defensive weapon and an offensive weapon.
As a defensive weapon, the Breastplate surrounds to equip and get ready for the
offensive action. The Breastplate shields and covers vital areas, such as the heart.
Satan tries to deal an effective blow to steal, kill and destroy you. He wants to jab
at and penetrate your heart and hit you in the “gut” and take you completely out.
Remember to “STAND, therefore…”. Being fully confident that you are covered by
the gift of God and fully understanding who you are in Christ Jesus. So, throw back your
shoulders, hold your head up high, and walk tall and confidently as all
victorious soldiers do. You are victorious before you see it. You have everything
you need. God made sure of it.
The Breastplate is also an offensive weapon.
Remember that the breastplate for Roman soldiers was made of especially bright
and shining golden brass. When that soldier threw back his shoulders, the
afternoon sunshine hit that metal and cast a blinding glare into the eyes of all who
were watching. The enemy is always watching. The enemy cannot fight what it
When you wear your breastplate knowing who you are, the blinding glare of
righteousness blinds the eyes of the enemy so that he cannot see to fight.
When you are dressed in righteousness, you are dressed in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The brightest light there is. You are brilliant and powerful as Jesus Himself when
you are wearing this Breastplate. God’s glory radiates from your life to all those
around you, especially the darkness.
The more you walk in your Breastplate, or God’s righteousness, the more
increasingly beautiful with light you become.
You become a warrior indeed!
Next Week: The Armor of God – The Shoes of Peace
“Get to Steppin”
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