The Breastplate of Righteousness

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Breastplate of Righteousness

About the Breastplate

A breastplate protects your body from a direct attack on your heart—and spiritually, that’s what righteousness does for us. The problem is, we can’t be righteous on our own. Romans 3:10 says, “As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one.’” But verses 21-22 read, “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”

1 Corinthians 1:30 reiterates the fact that our righteousness is not our own. “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” Righteousness comes from giving Jesus our heart. When he has control, our heart is protected from attack. When we are in control, we leave ourselves vulnerable to the enemy.

The Breastplate in Real Life

In reality, the breastplate is all about guarding our hearts against things that are NOT righteous. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” We need to monitor the things that we allow to enter our hearts and minds and hold them up to God’s standard of righteousness.

An example of an attack on your heart could be an attack of fear, anxiety, or the temptation to think on or act on something that is impure. If you find yourself worrying constantly, it’s probably an attack on your heart. If you find yourself speaking out of anger, it’s probably because of thoughts that should never have been allowed in the first place. When dealing with heart issues, we need to stop them at the source, which means that the second a wrong thought enters our mind, we need to take action. 2 Corinthians 10:5 calls for us to, “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Philippians 4:8 is a great example of what we should be thinking about: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

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  • Tribalmama

    I realize this is an old article but it sure is a good one… one that should be taught and kept close to our hearts. It also reminds me of a song by a girl called “Armour of Yahuwah” (can be found on you tube :o )).

    I came across this site searching for a project to do with the children on the breastplate of righteousness. I think i might have them draw and decorate a tee shirt as a breastplate.