Put On the Breastplate of Righteousness (Ephesians 6: 14). A Roman soldier’s metal Breastplate covered his chest and kept him from being fatally wounded in the heart. Jesus’ perfect Righteousness is what covers our heart, and that is what God sees when He looks at us. But we still have to put on Righteousness like a soldier puts on a bulletproof best. That means we must choose to live God’s away. We cannot be protected if we deliberately walk ouside the ways and will of God.
Our decision every day must be to live a righteous life not in our own strength, but by the enablement of the Holy Spirit in us. We must acknowledge that we depend on God and choose to live our life for Him. Even though we are a new creation, we still must decide to live like we are. When we make that choice every day to live in a righteous manner, our life is covered and our heart ia protected.
How many attacks of the enemy on people’s lives could have been avoided if only they had decided that morning to live God’s way? With each step we take apart from God’s ways, the stronghold of the enemy becomes more entrenched.
Our Breastplate of Righteousness is the righteousness of Jesus in us. It protects our heart from any mortal wounds and assures us that the enemy can never destroy us because of sin. For example, harboring anger is a sin. The Bible says, “Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4: 26-27). But we can get straight with God at any time by confessing and repenting of our sins. Don’t let the enemy have any ground Upon which he can accuse you. Every day say, “Lord, show me anything in me that is not right in Your eyes so I can confess it before You, because I choose to live your way.