Guard your heart.
“With the breastplate of righteousness in place.” Ephesians 6:14
“He put on righteousness as his breastplate.” Isaiah 59:17
In military terms the breastplate was a piece of equipment that protected all the vital organs. It was particularly important for guarding the heart. We need to guard our hearts at all times. If you are struck in the heart on the battlefield it will definitely take you down and is usually fatal. Satan uses the same tactic in a spiritual attack. If he can hit your heart, he has a very good chance of taking you down.
Our hearts are the seat of our emotions, self worth and trust. The Bible calls it the wellspring of life.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23
The breastplate of righteousness will protect our hearts.
The definition of righteousness is to be morally upright, without guilt or sin. We cannot achieve this by our own efforts; in fact we will destroy ourselves trying. The good news is that we don’t have to. It is not our own righteousness that we rely on, but God’s righteousness, provided through Jesus.
We are often told that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This is not the case with the wonderful gift of God’s righteousness.
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus traded all our sin for his righteousness. All we have to do is trust in Jesus and the exchange is made. He takes our sin and gives us his righteousness. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty good deal to me!
Satan takes aim at our hearts. He encourages us to do wrong and then when we’ve done it he comes back around to accuse us and make us feel guilty. This puts us under condemnation. Guilt and condemnation cause us to turn away from God. The righteousness of Jesus protects our hearts. It protects them from guilt and accusation because we know we are forgiven. There is no condemnation in Jesus Christ, only freedom and forgiveness.
If you are under spiritual attack, you need to put on the breastplate of righteousness. Turn to Jesus and accept his love and forgiveness. Lay everything at the foot of the cross. Jesus paid the price so that you don’t have to. He gave everything he had. Do not allow Satan to attack you with guilt and condemnation. Whatever you have done, it is forgiven. There is nothing that is not covered by the cross. No you don’t deserve it, but that’s the beauty of grace. It is a free gift.