"Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves... in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left." @ 2 Corinthians 6:4 & 7
"Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place." @ Ephesians 6:14
Our weapons are weapons of righteousness.
When we walk in righteousness we begin to recognise and discern those things that God is doing. We mast ourselves to His movements. Righteousness is life as God intended. Therefore the breastplate of righteousness doesn't only protect our heart; it releases His heart. So Paul instructs us, "Put on the breastplate of righteousness."
Keep righteousness close to your heart. Stay conscious of the righteousness of Christ... in every moment, in every environment. Clearly he is not saying, "try to be good all the time." We tried that old life and it didn't work. We couldn't do it. It is saying - stay in God's expansive goodness, allow His perfection, His wholeness, His righteousness to govern your heart, to guard your heart.
Allow the atmosphere of His heart to set the climate of your heart. Let the beauty of His righteousness overcome you.
The righteousness of God is the divine welcome into a story that we could never create or generate by ourselves. It is not invented righteousness through our own efforts, it is imputed righteousness through His grace. We stand firm in His righteousness and we move forward in His righteousness.
His righteousness is not introspective - constantly measuring morality, it is expansive, overflowing with glorious generosity. It is surrounded by justice and joy.
When we put on the breastplate of righteousness, we declare that God has set things right for us, and we announce that all things are being made new. Injustice is being overturned, immorality is being overthrown and beauty is reclaiming all things. The atmosphere of the Father's heart has come to town and is redeeming and reordering culture - starting in us.
As you put on the breastplate of righteousness today, why not make the following declarations…
“God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for me that I might become the righteousness of God. I am the righteousness of God in Christ.”
"I am vulnerable to righteousness and my life is becoming a place of divine hope - a centre of transformation."