Body Armor of God’s Righteousness

Body Armor of God’s Righteousness

Part 5 of 10 in the Be Battle Ready Series.

 Stand your ground, putting on … the body armor of God’s righteousness. (Ephesians 6:14 NLT)

To be a battle-ready believer, you must realize your heart is protected with Christ’s righteousness. 

Why would a soldier wear body armor? For clarity, many translations render this phrase “the breastplate of righteousness.” A warrior’s breastplate protects their vital organs in heated combat. Chest or center-mass strikes are common in battle because it is the largest target. This piece of armor was crucial to survival.

But what is Paul meaning by “the body armor of God’s righteousness?”  Paul used this metaphor of a breastplate to exhort the believers to guard their hearts. In the book of Proverbs, the writer states, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23 NLT) Much like on the battlefield, the believer must defend against attacks to the heart. 

How a believer is to guard against such an attack is found in the type of armor. Righteousness means “right standing with God.” Satan will employ accusations that we are not the children of God. However, if you have trusted Christ, you have been given right standing with God! You have Christ’s righteousness. Therefore, you can know God is fighting for you. You are on His Side!

 

Suggestions for Prayer: 

Thank God for the righteousness given by Christ’s sacrifice. Thank him for this protection. Ask if there is any impurity in your heart from which you need to repent. 

Further Study: 

Read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21

 

The Belt of Truth

The Belt of Truth

Part 4 of 10 in the Be Battle Ready Series. 

Read Ephesians 6:10-20

Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth… (Ephesian 6:14a NLT).

To be a battle-ready believer, you must secure your walk with sincerity. 

In Paul’s day, the Roman soldier’s belt served two purposes. The first purpose of the belt was to secure the long tunic worn from getting snagged or entangled during combat. What good would it do to be an excellent swordsman, if you were hindered by loose clothing? Secondly, the belt of the Roman soldier held their sword and other implements of war. This piece of his armor was essential for the soldiers battle-readiness. Without the belt, the soldier would be ill-equipped for combat.

For believers, the “belt of truth” secures their walk with sincerity. In other words, the belt of truth is a metaphor for the believer’s integrity. By putting on this belt, the believer is keeping themselves from getting entangled during battle, which would render them ineffective.

Although not in a physical struggle, the believer needs the belt of truth. This belt of truth is walking with godly integrity. What good would it do to be an excellent swordsman, if you were hindered by loose living? Stand your ground by putting on the belt of truth and secure your walk with the Lord with sincerity.

Suggestions for Prayer: 

Thank the Lord for redemption and the power of the Spirit. Ask Him to reveal areas where may need improvement in your walk.

Further Study: 

Read Romans 12:1-3.