Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place… (Ephesians 6:14 NIV)
I’d never compromise my Christian standards. Really? Not long ago, I slipped out of my breastplate of Christ’s righteousness and shrugged back into my old self-righteous breastplate as I focused on all the negatives in my life and all the positives in everyone else’s lives. Comparing my slow progress with others’ giant leaps of success opened a passageway to my heart. The enemy lost no time in stringing up his bow and shooting his fiery arrows straight into my vulnerable vitals. Swoosh—you’re not good enough. Swoosh—you’re being punished. Swoosh—you’ll never amount to anything. Swoosh—you deserve better. Swoosh—God has turned His back on you. Each accusation easily penetrated my self-righteous breastplate.
When we rely on our own righteousness, we often compromise…
Prepare by reading, pondering, and pray about Ephesians 6:10-17. The more we study this passage the better prepared for battle we’ll be.
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks