-Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life-
Today’s Article of Armor is the Breastplate of Righteousness.
It’s the next Article of Armor that God has issued for Our Spiritual Battle against our wicked opponent.
You Know…The one that has come to steal Our peace and joy…and to use Our hearts for his target practice and -Take Us Out!!
Ephesians 6:14 tells Us to – Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness.
So there we are standing, firm-footed, with the Belt of Truth around our waists. Yesterday we learned that We’ve been supercharged with the Power of the Holy Spirit…
He’s equipped us to Talk by His Spirit…confessing the Truth of His Word, But Now we must Put on The Breastplate of Righteousness- That’s our Heart’s Guard!!
What is Righteousness??
It’s simply…right-Standing with God!!
…And God sees us as His Righteous children… Not because We don’t smoke or drink…nor because We’ve worked so hard to behave ourselves…because none of Us ‘Saints’ can live and not be tempted to sin!!
…But It’s Only Because Of His Holy Spirit Living in our Hearts.
Remember…We received Him- The Holy Spirit, by Our Confession of Faith – We’ve Accepted Jesus Christ as our Personal Savior.
…And now that He’s come in…He’s purified and cleaned up our hearts so that He can Dwell in Us!!
And He’s credited our Spiritual accounts with His Righteousness…and now He wants to in-fill us with the Fruit of His Spirit…Thus Strengthening and Protecting our Spiritual Hearts For the Battle against sin!!
The Fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, joy, goodness, kindness, patience, meekness, faith and self-control.
And as this fruit develops in Our hearts, through reading and studying ‘The Word,’ it will ripen in our hearts, and therefore allow for little – to no room for sin…Thus guarding our hearts from the influx of carnal cravings and deflecting the enemy’s fiery darts of temptation, that would otherwise pierce through our hearts and destroy our lives.
So, Now That You’re in Your God-Gear, wearing The Breastplate of Righteousness and You’re Heart is Guarded, You’re Spiritually Equipped to Say No to Sin!!
…And Now You’re Ready to Let the Springs of Life Flow as You Prepare Your Feet, Tomorrow, To Go Forth Sharing The Gospel of Peace!!
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