Armor of God
Breastplate of Righteousness
The second piece of armor Paul mentions in Ephesians 6:14 is "the breastplate of righteousness." Why is the breastplate important—for both ancient soldiers and us?
Suit Up in the Full Armor of God
Mail armor made of iron rings
If you drew these items, what would they look like?
Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life. Proverbs 4:23
Righteousness = Justice
"Righteousness literally means justice- the quality of being upright, fulfilling the expectations set in a relationship. In our case as believers, this relationship is with God Himself. Righteousness, then, is upright living that aligns with God's expectations."
Shirer pg. 69
Restate this last sentence in your own words. What does righteousness mean?
Does your faith walk demonstrate righteousness?
Heart and Soul
Your soul in a reflection of your mind (thoughts), your will (ambition), your emotions (feelings), and your conscience (morals). The heart is the intersetion of these four internal characteristics. The centerpiece of the soul." Shirer pg. 71
When you put on the belt of truth you know God's word and standard for your life. When you put on the breastplate of righteousness you are making the choice to align your life to the truth. Walk the talk!
Focus on the areas where we need to be proactive and ready to fight.
Your Will: What are your goals both short term and long term. Do they match up with God's calling in your life?
Your Emotions: Keep a hold on run away responses to life situations. Seek wise counsel before you make unstable choices.
You Conscience: What and who influences your life choices? Does it steer you to live the way the bible tells us?