Last week the #Dropkickmonday Devo was looking at preparing for war. Getting ourselves ready to fight. To stand firm and trust in God. Today we begin to look at the armor necessary for war. What has God provided us with so we might go into battle. The first two pieces are a belt and a breastplate.
14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness… (Eph 6:14 from Blue Letter Bible)
When we think of going to war we probably don’t think about the soldier putting on his belt. That’s a mistake. The belt is holding everything together. The belt keeps things from getting in the way, it keeps you mobile, it keeps your weapons handy. The belt is vital to making your armor work for you.
It’s not just any belt we are to put on. If we are going into war. If we are fighting against “the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places,” we need a specific belt. A belt that can stand up to all of those things. A belt that can stand up to everything this week is going to throw at you. Everything this life will throw at you. It’s the belt of truth.
Truth. The truth of scripture. The truth that you have a God who knows you and loves you. Even if you don’t want to acknowledge him. That doesn’t change who he is. The truth that God gave his son to die on a cross for our sins in our place. The truth that God will never leave you and never forsake you. The truth that while this life and world might be hard and dark and ugly, you have a good who is tougher and brighter and more beautiful and will never stop caring about you.
That truth keeps everything in its place. That truth gives you the ability to fight. That truth is what you can rely on and trust and know that it will not break it will not fold it will not stop keeping things in order. Trust in that belt of truth.
Paul also tells us to put on the breastplate of righteousness. The breastplate was a thick, sturdy metal to protect your chest and vital organs. This kept you alive. This made it possible to do battle with no fear of being stabbed. But be aware that this breastplate of righteousness is not built out of your righteousness but that of Jesus’.
If this thing was made of our righteousness, of our experiences, we’d be in bad shape and wouldn’t last long in a fight. No, this breastplate is stronger and tougher, we can put it on in full confidence and without fear. It is the righteousness of Jesus, his perfection, his goodness, his right standing with God, it’s not about us it’s about him. When Satan wants to hit you in the gut and tell you that your not good enough, your not strong enough, your not tough enough, the breastplate of Jesus’ righteousness will protect you and keep you in the fight.
We strive and fight too often on our own merits. You can try and get through this week white knuckled fighting on your own accord and praying the enemy doesn’t come close enough to pierce your flimsy armor. Or, you can stand firm, trusting in the truth and righteousness of Jesus.
Today, what are you putting on?