…with the breastplate of righteousness in place. Ephesians 6:14
The breastplate’s job is to protect our heart.
Of course we know that protecting our physical heart is super important. Without that muscle beating in our chest there is only death. Protecting our spiritual heart is just as important.
Remember that belt we put on last week, the truth of God’s Word. Here are just a few things it has to say about our hearts:
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
When we accepted Jesus as Savior, God placed a new spiritual heart in us. It replaced what would have been a heart of stone, a heart closed off to God. Now our hearts are made of flesh, soft, tender and moldable by God. Soft hearts need protection, they really do.
Going to be real honest here, I have had my heart hurt more by other Christians than anyone else. Hurt to the point that I was just about ready to give up church all together. Wash my hands of it and walk away.
I was reminded, Jesus sacrificed much, for His Church, His Bride.
Wouldn’t I trust Him in this, to protect my heart, even in the midst of His Church?
The truth of His word say this … And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10: 24-25
If I can’t trust Jesus – Who can I trust?
For us this involved the often preached against, move to a new church home. In this place we have found peace for our souls , healing for our hearts and mutual encouragement with our fellow believers as we see that day approaching!
Maybe you are like I was, you have forgotten to put on your breastplate when it comes to church, your heart has been hurt. Won’t you, trust Him and try again.
Let’s talk righteousness…
We have no righteousness on our own … it is His…Jesus’…God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:12
Only through Jesus do we have any righteousness at all. His sacrifice on our cross put us in right standing with God. He is the righteousness we put on everyday. He sacrificed much to give us new hearts, let’s be careful to protect them.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Heart guarding is important to God, Above all else, guarding our heart must take priority. Why? Everything we think, say, do…flows from our hearts. Everything.
When the wrong things penetrate our soft, moldable hearts, they can cause major damage.
Not everyone will like us, some people will hurt our hearts, like it is their job.
If we do not have our breastplate in its place, they will hit their mark. Before we know it, our sweet soft hearts are turning back to stone.
There are times when we leave our breastplate hanging in the closet and we choose to allow arrows into our hearts and lives.
Here is a list of arrows that can hit our heart, when our breastplate moves out of its place:
What we watch
What we listen to
What we read
What we think about
What conversations we participate in
So what does it look like when we put our breastplate on? It looks like this…
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
It truly is a beautiful piece of our armor, that can transform our lives. Slip it on everyday.