Ephesians 6:10-18, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

The breastplate of righteousness.  The breastplate was another piece of armor that was worn by a soldier.  This piece of armor would cover the shoulders and go all the way down to the hips.  It would protect the inner organs of the individual wearing it, usually made of iron or bronze.

Righteousness is the perfection that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit have.  Man can attain this only through the death of Jesus on the cross and only through forgiveness from sin.  In order to go to Heaven, you must have the righteousness of God.  There is no other way.

With the breastplate of righteousness, you can protect your insides from the attacks of sin and death.  Not physical death but spiritual death.  God’s righteousness saves from a death that kills the spirit and the body.  The heart, lungs, and other important organs are located in the trunk of the body.  In the case of the heart, it can easily be swayed from good to bad.  With righteousness, the heart is protected by God and kept away from the bad of the world.  Guard the heart.

Add the breastplate with prayer.  Add it without delay.  Your heart needs God’s righteousness.  You need righteousness.  Do it today.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You God for each piece of the armor.  Thank You especially for the breastplate of righteousness.  You are God and You created a way for us to You.  You are our salvation.  Thank You.

Amen

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