“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth and having on the breastplate of righteousness.”
In the past verse, it ends with “to stand firm” without Truth we are unable to stand firm. If someone knows Truth, they will know who to trust when a situation rises. Their faith is in Truth. Truth is the foundation that we stand on.
Paul wrote this while being in custody of the Roman soldiers, Paul had seen with his spiritual eyes how God has equipped the believer.
The breastplate guards the softest part of the body. The heart. This is not our own earned righteous, or a feeling of righteousness but a righteousness received by faith in Jesus.
A soldier’s breastplate provides essential protection for the most vital organs. We can no sooner battle against spiritual enemies in our own righteousness than a soldier can effectively fight without his breastplate.
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” – Isaiah 64:6
Isaiah says it best, no matter how hard we try to do good works, it’s not enough for God, it’s not good enough for a perfectly, holy God. It’s by grace through faith that we are saved. When we are His, He sees His Son, His blood that is covering us. So just rest in His Grace!
“Salvation is not a result of works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:9
We all know that we are not saved by good works, but have we ever caught ourselves by saying or thinking, ‘I hope I’m doing enough?’ STOP and rebuke that thought. Satan loves to feed us lies such as those to make us think we are not good enough.
What a thought to think that whenever God looks at His children that He sees the blood, the ones that are covered in righteousness. We have a greater testimony than the angels, think about that!
To walk in the righteousness of Christ and stand firm when a temptation or trial comes your way!