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THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

In my previous post: RIGHTEOUSNESS III, we saw that is through the substitutionary sacrificial death of Christ and our believing that the father declared us righteous. We also established that this act of God brought us justification and it is our constant and conscious effort through His grace to live a sanctified life that makes us holy. Kindly go back and read for better understanding. In this final RIGHTEOUSNESS SERIES post, I shall as promised, deal with the Breastplate of Righteousness.

THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD

“Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the high places”.

Ephesians 6: 11 – 12

There is an ongoing battle of which you are involved whether you are aware of it or not as a child of God. Satan’s ultimate objective is to make you a miserable Christian. He intends to move you to a place where God’s provisions will not make meaning to you. However, your knowledge and understanding of this warfare and an insight into the whole armour of God with you will always actualize the victory of Jesus over Satan in your life.

If your understanding of the “wrestle” does not line up with the whole counsel of God’s Word, you will give the devil an advantage over you.

The whole armour, which God has provided, is to stand against the wiles of the devil”

WILES OF THE DEVIL

The personalities we are involved with in this wrestle are not as important as the wiles they are coming against us with.

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices”

2Corinthians 2:11

Wiles are methods of persuasion that cleverly tricks you into acting in a certain way. This is all the devil has. The accuser will use very cleverly mapped up tricks that should successfully persuade you into thinking and accepting that you are not right with God. His wiles are his devices, schemes, strategies and deceptions.

Satan’s agents have Satan’s wiles, we as God’s children have God’s whole complete armour.

The whole armour of God will give you the ability to stand against the wiles of the devil.

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand”.

Ephesians 6: 13

Taking unto you the whole armour of God is what will engrace you to withstand in the evil day.

THE ACCUSER

The Devil is the arch-enemy of every child of God among other names, he is also called THE ACCUSER of the brethren. This name helps us to understand one of his strategies of accomplishing his mission of stealing, killing and destroying.

“And, I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is not cast down, which accused them before our God day and night”

Revelation 12: 10

He is “the” accuser not “an” accuser. Any other personality that accuses is under the influence of the accuser.

An accuser is one who blames another for a wrong done or finding and pointing out the faults of others. That is who the devil is and that is what he does.

“And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him”.

And the LORD said unto Satan. The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and stood before the angel.

And he answered and spoke unto those that stood before him, saying, take ay the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold I have caused your iniquity to pass from thee and I will clothe thee with a change of raiment”

Zechariah 3: 1 – 4

Joshua the High Priest stood before the Lord with a filthy garment on, Satan, the accuser was there to resist him. The Lord said unto Joshua, I have forgiven you of your wrong. This means that Satan was there to accuse him of the wrong but the Lord rebuked him.

Accusations always have to do with wrongs or faults. It could be a true or false accusation. It has only one source, the devil. His purpose is to resist you by throwing you out of your right standing with God.

“Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?”

Job 1:9

You may be wondering why the devil does not mind his business. But the truth is, that is his business, picking on people one after the other.

Heaven was glad when the accuser was thrown out of there. The accuser is now here with us. He may not necessarily have to go to heaven to accuse you before the Lord as he did with Joshua and Job; he’ll come to you directly and accuse you to your face.

That is his name, as his name is, so is he. Remember, the devil is a professional accuser he does not play around with his work; he will execute it with skill and precision.

No matter how real the voice of the accuser may sound to you, know that it is a wile, and it was meant to persuade you out of God’s presence, it is a clever TRICK specially designed for you by the devil.

Every time you feel disqualified from God’s love, failure, spiritual weakness filthy, a strong sense of guilt, even after you have confessed your sins to God, know that the devil is strongly at work and is about to win this battle. These are the wiles of the accuser, what you feel is exactly what the clever tricks were meant to accomplish in you.

When I was very young in the faith, I made a pledge to God to live a pure moral life. I got out of my sleep one day realized I had a wet dream. I felt very unclean, touching my bible was a terrible thing for me to do let alone going to church. You see, these were wiles of the devil to move me out of my position in Christ to a very miserable state.

Wiles are not truth; they are lies, clever tricks prepared to persuade you out of your right standing with God and to take advantage of you.

Has there ever been a time in your life where you wanted to do something worthwhile for God but you felt disqualified and thought: “If only I had been very righteous from Monday to yesterday Saturday, I would have been more qualified to do this thing successfully today Sunday”. That was the wile of the devil; he rubbed you out of the result your faith would have commanded for you. Don’t give in to his wiles, put on the whole amour of God to be able to stand against them.

THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil …and having on the breastplate of righteousness” 

Ephesians 6: 11, 13

The whole armour is the only provision God has provided for the believer to stand against the wiles of the devil. Any other thing will not prevail. By the armour, we can detect the cleverly tricky methods of the devil and also stand our grounds.

As the accuser, he operates by clever accusing tricks against the believer. I think the devil is too subtle to accuse you falsely. His accusations against you may have footholds on you, but you know what? It is the LORD who has caused your iniquity to pass away from you like Joshua.

It is the breastplate of righteousness that enables no prevail against his fierce condemnation. There is no spiritual metallic breastplate we put on during times of prayers. Paul only uses the term “breastplate” for them to understand and comprehend the essence of their righteousness in Christ. The audience of Paul in Ephesus was familiar with the breastplate of the military and therefore understood it better. When the military man puts on the breastplate for battle, he walks chest out, he can’t be bent, and by this stature, he appears bold and confident in battle. The Bible relates the righteousness of a believer to the breastplate because righteousness is connected to the boldness of a lion.

“…But the righteous are bold as a lion”

Proverbs 28: 1

As a believer, you are a righteous man. This does not mean you are perfect. It means that you have trusted in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. A sinner is any human being who does not believe in the finished work of Christ. You are not a righteous man because you are trying to stay away from sin. It’s a good thing to do but that is not what makes you a righteous person before God.

When Paul said;  “…having on the breastplate of righteousness”, he was implying that let the knowledge, awareness and consciousness of your right standing with God fill and possess you all day.

HOW TO PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

1)      Know that you are righteous, it is not blasphemy.

2)      Be aware of your right standing with God for Christ’s sake.

3)      Be conscious; don’t be absent-minded of where you stand before God.

4)      Declare audibly always: ‘I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus’

It is the only thing that can enable you to resist the wiles of the accuser. Put it on always.

‘For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things.

 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God’.

1John 3:20-21

Beloved, if our heart condemns us not, then our confidence towards God is retained. The accuser's wiles are therefore targeted at causing unrest and uneasiness in our hearts. Your breastplate covers your chest that is where your heart is.

“For he put on righteousness as a breastplate…”

Isaiah. 59: 17

Your knowledge, awareness and consciousness of your right standing will keep your heart at rest despite whatever the devil accuses you of. Put it on always.

This provision and many others will be made available and accessible to children of God. Will like to give your life to God today by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and saviour? Then pray this prayer after me:

Father, I come to you today just as I am, I have found my greatest challenge today i.e. I have no right standing with you because of the condemnation that passed unto all human beings. Save me as I open my heart and accept Jesus today as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for saving me and giving a right standing in your presence today. Amen.

As simple as it may seem to you, you are saved or born again by this prayer of faith. You have been restored to the right place before God. Get a bible if you don’t have one yet and start reading it for yourself. May the Holy Spirit also be your guide.

Please leave a comment below for me to know how this has helped you. Be at liberty too to connect with me if you have any personal spiritual concerns. I’ll be more than interested to be of help in any way the Lord makes possible.

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