“and put on the breastplate of righteousness”
– Ephesians 6:14b
Righteousness means right-standing. When we talk about righteousness we are talking about our ability to commune with God- To know Him and to be known by Him. We are in right standing with Him in order for us to have a relationship. When we stand in righteousness we are not God’s enemy or have done nothing against Him, but blameless in His presence.
We are in battle with a ruthless enemy. The word devil means accuser. That is exactly what he does. He accuses the children of God by saying we are no good or we don’t deserve to live a healthy, empowered life, that we are nothing or nobodies, that we always mess everything up, and the list goes on. He may accuse others pushing the blame away from us to others. He leads us to gossip about others. If we are not careful, walking with the Spirit of God, we will fall for his tricks, leaving us powerless and feeling helpless. Or in the case of using us to accuse others- leaving them powerless and helpless.
Accusing is a typical tactic of our enemy. He always takes a little truth and mixes it up with a who lot of lies. The truth is we are not deserving and we will never be, because of our consistent walking away from God. Even the best of people do not always walk with God. Even if we did everything right, we still fall short because of how much we really need Him. We can’t ever be so good enough that we don’t need Him.
But the lie that comes with the truth mentioned above is there is nothing we can do about it, so we might as well give up. But the real truth is we aren’t right, but all Jesus has done for us was done to restore us to Him. It is His righteousness that we stand with, not our own. And it is His righteousness that others stand strong in. We are going to fail, but it is His right standing which restores us and empowers us and makes us worthy to stay in relationship with Him.
It is always about Him, not about us. He has done it all for us. We just need to proclaim it and walk forward in the power of His name. We must tell the accuser when he speaks that junk to us, “We have the breastplate of righteousness, Jesus’ righteousness covers us”. So push those thoughts away. WE ARE FREE! Now we can go into all the world and proclaim this freedom, realizing how weak we are but how strong we really are in Him.
“God I thank you that it is in your righteousness we stand. Thank you that you have made me a child of God. I choose today to not listen to the taunts and move forward in the life you have called me to live. I choose today to not accuse myself or others, but to receive your grace into my life to free me from myself. I choose your righteousness over mine and over the voice of the accuser. I put on the breastplate of Your righteousness today. Raise me up in the name of Jesus.”