The Breastplate of Righteousness
For The End Times
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Is the breastplate of righteousness for the end times really what you have thought it was?
As The Apostle Paul looked day after day at the soldiers holding him in prison he was able to see how their breastplate symbolized the protection the Christian believer needed.
We today so often equate the breastplate as protection from Satan's fiery darts, when in fact it is not an actual, or even an imaginary breastplate that protects us; it is a life-style of righteous living.
Our life-style of righteous living serves the same purpose for us as the actual breastplate of armor served the roman soldier.
As we enter into the end times in the season in which we live, we desperately need a lifestyle of righteous living to protect us from the evils lurking in our time.
The End times Breastplate of Righteousness
The breastplate covered the body of the roman soldier from the neck to the thighs. It was used to protect the heart.
The believer's heart is to be focused upon the Lord Jesus Christ and His righteousness, and that focus must be protected. The sign of the Christian soldier is righteousness.
When a man is saved, God imputes the righteousness of Jesus Christ to him; or to say it another way, God counts him righteous (Galatians 2:15-16). However, it is not enough to stand in the righteousness of Christ. The Christian soldier must protect his heart.
Protecting the Heart with the Breastplate of Righteousness in the end times
He protects his heart by living righteously, that is, with Integrity, holiness and purity of life, with sincerity and piety. Especially in the end times, the breastplate of righteousness will protect the heart from being wounded and losing its focus.
The Christian soldier is to strive after the very righteousness of Jesus Christ and to live righteously in this present world. When a man is clothed in righteousness, he is impregnable.
Satan often attacks our hearts, our inner man - the seat of our emotions, our self-worth, and our trust. ... God's righteousness is the breastplate that protects our hearts and ensures his approval. ... He approves of us and He loves us - He sent his Son to die for us. How much more we need His protection in these end times.
Integrity and Character in the end times
The breastplate defended the vital parts of the body; and the idea given here by Paul may be, that integrity of life, and righteousness of character, is what is necessary to defend us from the assaults of Satan.
It was the incorruptible integrity of Job, and, in a higher sense, of Jesus himself, that saved them from the temptations of the devil. ... And it is just as true today in these end times that no one can successfully meet the power of Satan’s temptation unless he is righteous – we must have that breastplate of righteousness.
A lack of sufficient of integrity or some defect of character will leave a man exposed to the assaults of the enemy. The point of corruption in integrity or in character flaw in man today will be an unguarded point in his life. That point is where we will experience the attack by Satan or his demons.
As we move deeper into the end times and closer to the return of the Lord, we all will experience a higher frequency and more intense temptations to drift away from righteousness – and it will be so subtle we will hardly notice.
We must cloth ourselves in the armor God has provided with more intentionality in these end times; for example with the breastplate of righteousness.
End Times Breastplate of Righteousness Life-Style
Many ministers of the gospel have been attacked and have fallen. This has happened because they have not had a breastplate of righteousness - a righteous life-style for protection. We need righteousness that God alone can give-the righteousness of Christ our Savior-to make us invulnerable to all the arrows of Satan or his demons.
It is important to know that God is who supplies righteousness for His people; it is God who executes vengeance on His enemies. God does not need us to fight his fights for Him; our job is to grow more and more like Him by learning to walk daily in the righteousness He provides for us.
Just as a soldier’s breastplate protected his heart, chest and inner vital organs from an enemy’s attacks, so holy and righteous living (Rom. 6:13; 14:17) guards a believer’s heart (inner man) against the assaults of the devil.
The deeper we move into the end times the more frequent and more intense will be the natural disasters and the trials and temptations for man.
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