The Belt of Truth The Breastplate of Righteousness. Sue Bohlin October 1. Belt of Truth. Ephesians 6:13-14
Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, And faithfulness the belt about His waist.
Breastplate of Righteousness with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
And a helmet of salvation on His head;
And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing
And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.
BELIEVE the truth
2 aspects to truth:
LIVE the truth
“It's imperative that you have a settled conviction that the Word of God is just that, the God-given, God-breathed, God-protected, and God-preserved Word of God. You must settle in your heart that it is without error and that it contains all you need in order to live righteously before Him. If you are not convinced of these things, then the rest of the armor will be useless.”
Lord, Is It Warfare? Kay Arthur
Important truths from the Bible:
Truth is foundational to the rest of the armor. If we don't know the truth and own the truth, everything else will fall apart.
The breastplate of righteousness protects us from grounds for accusation:
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:1, 38-39
My sin is paid for, so
The breastplate of righteousness is the shed blood of Jesus. for accusation:
Mistake Unwanted Loser Fat
Ugly Incompetent No self-control
Rebellious Can't do anything right
Never enough Nobody special Special
Dumb Unacceptable Disappointment
Damaged goods Inadequate Too old
Too young Shy People pleaser Frigid
Broken Tomboy Unloving Friendless
Frigid Not working to potential
Unpopular Cold Dirty
Why can't you be more like your sister?
Infertile Alone Lazy
Smarty pants Goody two-shoes
Bad mother Stuck up Tramp
Impulsive Woman with a past