Tuesday, January 8, 2008

the breastplate of righteousness....Eph. 6

armor of God

Boy....Once you get a Word in your head....sweet Jesus doesn't let it get out.....y'all this one is "on me" right now and I'm so thankful. I don't ever want to forget my armor. I'm sure I will, but I bet I'm quicker to remember to get it sooner than later. Thats the beauty of studying His Word. It just sinks into your soul. HALLELUJAH!! Come on in Word....come on in and settle!

Ok, the belt of truth was first. It holds up the armor and it should be first for crying out loud.
We are nothing without His Word. It holds the answers, the Truth, and the key to life with Christ.

So, next in order is the "breastplate of righteousness." Can I be honest for one second??? Let me tell you that growing up in the church and hearing that word "righteous" for so many years and I had NO IDEA what the dern word meant. It was one of those big, grown up church words that scared me and made me think something bad. It was so ingrained in my mind as a bad thing that it has truly taken me years and training, re-training, training again, training some more, before I am able to get it without second guessing what it means.

Maybe I heard the word "self-righteous" so much that I couldn't get the "self" part out of it.
Anyway, righteousness can mean "right standing with God" I guess I define it in my mind as being right with the Lord's ways....not the "Fran way." The Lord's ways are right and just. (Deut. 32:4)

So, if we are to have a breastplate of righteousness we need to have what is right and just protecting ourselves. Read this below..... PERFECTLY said once again.

The Word library says this....

"The breastplate covers the chest. In our case the breastplate is made not of iron but of righteousness. A soldier with his breastplate on goes boldly into battle full of confidence. Righteousness allows us to stand before God, men and demons.

Whereas the belt of truth show you what is yours and what you can do, righteousness allows you to do it. Without the breastplate of righteousness our faith would be like any mere religion - a form of godliness but no power to act. Satan would knock us down with one word of condemnation, nor would we have the boldness to go before the throne room of God's grace."

Ooooooooohhhhhh that was good.

We've got a battle girls. Lets make sure we are ready with confidence before our God, man, and enemies. Oh, how I love the thought of knowing what that breastplate of righteousness does for me. I had no idea the power behind it. I've got my belt of truth buckled, and my breastplate of righteousness ready "to do the thing!" I'm powered up in Jesus' Name!!

I can't wait to get my heart and mind into the next part.....my feet being fitted with readiness!

Isn't His Word just the best??? Or is this one just hitting home with me?! Regardless.....

I love Him!


Profbaugh said...

Oh how I love the picture that scripture paints (love the picture you posted too). And you're right. We need to be prepped and ready for battle. Thanks for the good WORD today.


marina said...

Thanks for stopping by I hope you have alrady move in and settle in your home?
I know I ask my husband if I put my tooth under my pillow would I get something and he said no he already has spent too much on me for christmas wrong timing I should of wanted until May maybe I would have had beter luck!! marina

Leigh Gray said...

my oh my was that a good word!! thank you for learning me something!!! how you like that english!! ha

love, Leigh

BethAnne said...

It's funny....I always thought of being righteous as being self-righteous too. Too me, being righteous was an impossibility. That is, until I started studying about being holy. Then it all made sense to me that we are to be holy in the sight of God - not holier than thou (if that makes sense). I am loving your passion for the armor of God! I love it when the Lord lays something on my heart and I get excited about it!

Joanne said...


Bless your heart..I just can't keep up with you. The Lord is working through you my friend. Here I let a few days pass and mosey on back to find three posts that are just on fire. Praise God, He has filled you up and is being poured out in your words...His word does that doesn't it. It is ALIVE...I LOVE THAT!

Love, Joanne

Shonda said...

This is so good. I'll come back and meditate on it more later. As well as all the following posts.

Hope you got settled in your new home.

Blessings in Christ--

Bev Brandon said...

I agree with Joanne and in the midst of a move...God is on the move in Fran!
Brookie just left me...

Teri said...

Good word Fran! Thank you for sharing...and praying. It means the world to me! Seriously, we MUST meet face to face in SA. I will probably burst out in tears when I finally get to hug your neck! Your "siesta-ship" means so much to me!

connorcolesmom said...

I have something for you on my blog :)

Jen said...

Thank you so much for this reminder Fran! Let's "fight the good fight!"

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing this sweetie.

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