Hi Jason Pankau here with another daily devotional for you. We’re looking at the Spiritual armor of God together. Two weeks ago, we did an intro where we looked at spiritual warfare in general. Last week we talked about the belt of truth. The next piece of the armor is the breastplate of righteousness.
Ephesians 6 starting at verse 14. “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place.” The breastplate guards all the vital organs in your body, except your brain. But the breastplate guards all the other organs you need in order to digest, breathe, etc. If you understand your sinful nature, you know that it is the righteousness of Christ that is the only way to be righteous myself. It’s an imputed righteousness. He died on the cross to make us righteous if we live by faith in his grace.
So my question is, how are you putting on your breastplate of righteousness today? Are you feeling that you can be righteous in your own right? Could you actually do good? It’s one of the biggest things I encounter as I mentor others. They’re stuck in the idea that they are just trying to be a good person. Biblically speaking, that’s impossible! The Bible says there are no good people. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Therefore, we need His grace for forgiveness. We need his life strength given to us through the Holy Spirit to enable us to live righteously. So this Scripture is saying: submit to the Lord and grow every day. Grow as God sanctifies us and grows us up to be more like Him. Put on the breastplate of who God is transforming you to be everyday.
Another way I describe this is to put on your sweatpants and show up for training every day with the Lord. Trust in Him and His righteousness for you.
Let us pray. Lord Jesus, it is your righteousness that we seek. We are so grateful that you sent Jesus to be our righteousness, to pay the penalty of sin that we could not pay, and then to send the Holy Spirit through baptism to indwell us, to equip us for holy living. Father, we want to show up today and every day and say, “Your will be done. Train us. Live through us, for your glory, in Jesus name. Amen. God bless you as you do that today.