The Armor of God Week 3: The Breastplate of Righteousness
Day One - Monday, October 29th
Priscilla reminds us that: what our physical heart is to our physical life, our spiritual hearts are to our spiritual lives. My thoughts are, if my spiritual heart provides nourishment for my spirit, soul and body, I need to protect my heart so that my integrity as a Christian woman will remain intact.
The principles for which I stand for come under attack daily by influence from the media, the television I choose to watch, and the friends I choose to keep. We all have something that we participate in that we know isn’t good for us. For me it can be television. In general TV is okay but I do have to be careful what I am watching because it affects how I sleep, the dreams that I have and the things I find myself thinking about. Blood, guts and gore are at the top of the list as well as sexually suggestive television. I’m not talking about pornography, just romantic scenes that go too far. I find especially for me it’s the romance. In the early years of our marriage I watched a lot of romantic movies and then became depressed because nobody thought to script Lloyd into one of those roles and have him sweep me off my feet at every opportunity! I kid you not, watching romantic movies wreaked havoc on my thought life, my expectations of Lloyd and my marriage. Talk about needing something to fend off the influence of the enemy over my thoughts!
I am thankful to God for the breastplate of righteousness that protects my spiritual thought life as well as all the other ways in which the enemy tries to woo my spiritual heart away from God’s best for me.
Righteousness is upright living that aligns us with God’s expectations based on the truth of who He says He is. I must then put on His righteousness by applying His truth, which is His word, daily. Or else I would never experience His convictions about the things that are keeping me bound. I would be holed up in my bedroom, romantic movies piled to the ceiling, divorced and crying that no one would rescue me.
Thank God for His righteousness. And His Son that rescued me!
As I was doing this day’s homework the song Slow Fade by Casting Crowns kept going through my mind. It’s a slow fade when black and white turn to grey…google it and have a listen if you haven’t recently.
Are there areas in your life where black and white have turned to grey? Where do you need to apply the breastplate of righteousness? Are you influenced by the world in a way that is keeping you bound?
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