Breastplate of Righteousness

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I'm so glad the breastplate of righteousness is not MY "righteousness".  We are putting on the righteousness of Christ!

That being said, how do we do that?  When we surrender to Him as Savior and Lord, repenting of our sin, seeking His forgiveness and trusting Him for salvation, we are given His righteousness before God.  Therefore, when God sees us, He sees the righteousness of Christ!  Hallelujah!

Now, as a believer, it is our responsibility and privilege to live holy lives.  We do that by suiting up with the armor of God.  To protect our heart, we put on the breastplate of righteousness.  In other words, we remember Whose we are and we trust Him to lead us in His way.  He leads; we follow.

We no longer have to worry about our sin.  We only have to respond in obedience to the way the Holy Spirit leads us.  When we seek Jesus, knowing we are covered in His righteousness, we are bound to display the fruit of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.          Galatians 5:22-23 


When we remember to Whom we belong, the ole devil and those working with him, cannot change the fact that we are HIS.  We have HIS righteousness.  We are free from sin, free from our past, free from our failures and free from the hurtful words of others!

Today and everyday rest in the assurance that you have the righteousness of Christ as a believer. So, suit up!

The Armor  God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,          Ephesians 6:10-18

We Are In A War

warfare I am not, nor have I ever been, in the military.  But THANK YOU to all of those who are and have been! No matter your role, you are working to defend our country and I, for one, am so grateful!

Now, having said that, I do not mean to say I have never been to war.  For you see, as a believer, we ARE at war.  We do not need to forget that!  Scripture teaches us that on this earth, in this life, we are in a battle.  While we must be on guard, we must be at the ready at all times, we also must remember the VICTORY HAS ALREADY BEEN WON!!!

Jesus WON the war when He rose from the dead!  (Makes me want to do the "happy dance" right now!) However, He expects and empowers us to fight the good fight while we are here.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.   Ephesians 6:12
In this war, we need to remember 2 key principles:
  • our battle is not with people
  • our battle is real

If our battle is NOT with people, why is it people are always the ones we seem to be "fighting" with?  I'm glad you asked.  Not all people are saved and thus they act like their father, the devil.  Not all saved people are submissive to our Lord and find themselves used/deceived by our adversary, the devil. And sometimes, people just act like sinful people with a sinful nature.

So if the battle/war is real but not with people, how do we know our enemy and how do we know how to fight?  The Bible teaches us that the devil is our adversary.  He roams the earth seeking whom he may devour - he wants to steal, kill and destroy.  As a believer, you ARE engaged in the battle.

So what's a warrior to do?

  • Dig deep into God's Word (Bible) EVERY SINGLE DAY!
    • Read
    • Meditate
    • Study
  • Pray
    • Praise God for Who He is
    • Repent of sins you've committed
    • Practice faithful obedience (even when you don't understand)
  • Be on guard to the devil's schemes
    • Lust of the eyes
    • Lust of the Flesh
    • Pride of life
  • Share your faith story
    • Every day, share with someone how the Lord is working in your life
    • Get out of your comfort zone of friends - meet new people with whom you can build relationships and share your faith
    • Live on purpose - be intentional in your conversations and actions

Rest and repeat!

More than You can Imagine

GodisAble Have you ever prayed and asked God to move on your behalf in some way and He DID! He moved so much greater than you could have imagined!  I always love that!

Sometimes now I just ask Him to show out.  Not in an arrogant or selfish way, but for Him to do something so beyond what we can even think to ask of Him.  And He does!

The Bible tells us that God's ways are higher than our ways.  I see that truth so often.  Sometimes I see that truth when God answers our prayers far beyond what we could imagine and sometimes I see it after the fact when I realized that God allowed me to walk through something hard in order to get to a really sweet place!

God is the Creator of the universe.  He holds ALL power.  NO-thing is hidden from Him and NO-thing is impossible with Him.

Whatever lies before you, remember our God is Able!  He is able to do far more that you can think or imagine.  Give Him free rein.  You just may be blown away by what you see Him do!

Blessings to you! Wendy

Taste and See


At Church we often say, "Good is good -- all the time."  And He is.  That is easy to say when life is going good for us.  But what about when life seems more than we can bear?

Well, God is good --- all the time.  Even in the hard times.  Even in times that we don't understand what's happening or why something is happening.  God is still good!

Thankfully, the Bible teaches us that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  As a believer in Jesus Christ, that is so comforting!  We are told to taste and see that the Lord is good because He is.  This is followed up by the words "happy is the man who trusts in Him! because we are.

This does not mean that life is never hard.  The Bible teaches us that life is hard no matter what and will be harder for the believer.  BUT GOD (my favorite words in scripture) did not leave us alone to face this world.  He gave us the Holy Spirit to live in us, not only as a reminder that He is coming back to get us, but to give us power and strength so that we, too, can overcome this hard life.

Whew!  Aren't you glad?!  I sure am!  This week, as you face your specific struggles, take a few minutes each day and "taste and see that the Lord is good", because He is!

Blessings, Wendy