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Put on Righteousness

Put on Righteousness
Put on Righteousness

Put on Righteousness

Isaiah 59:17

Isaiah 59:17 tells us, “For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.” How is a helmet like salvation?  How many stories do we hear that state, ‘if only he had on a helmet he would have not suffered a brain injury’? A helmet would have saved their life.  Her parents said that she would have been killed without the helmet.  Being without a helmet will cause you harm.  Being without salvation will take you to hell.  Salvation means to be delivered from something.  If you are saved, you are delivered from hell.  1 Timothy 2:3-4 “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 62:7 “In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.” So, by seeking God through trust, faith and hope, we receive knowledge of truth, peace and strength.  We have a place to turn in times of trouble and a place to hide when we need rest.  I know that I rest in the palm of His almighty hand and nothing can take that away from me.  No matter how terrible things can get, we can still rest there because He will protect us from all unrighteousness and His kingdom will prevail.

 

Roman Soldier and his righteousness….

What does this Roman soldier’s sword teach us about using the Bible to fight our battles?  In Roman infantry, the soldier would typically go into battle with more than one type of weapon.  Swords, daggers, darts and spears were all used.  They were heavily armed because once you attacked during the battle, that was it; there was not a do-over or a time out to pick up your weapon.  It was basically a one-shot deal.  But interestingly enough, Paul lists the sword as the only weapon here in Ephesians.  That is because there is only one weapon we need in our arsenal.  There is only one way to the truth.  There is only one way to knowledge.  There is only one way to the light of the world.  Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” His word illuminates our lives so that we can see where we are going.  He only gives us just enough light so we can see where we are going one step at a time but He always supplies that light.  We got bogged down in darkness that we fail to flip the switch and acknowledge that He lights our path.  We fail to look to Him in all circumstances, good or bad, and give thanks in every season.  Did you know that God is unchanging?  Whether we are on the mountain or in the valley, God is the same and He loves it when we meet with Him each day.  He loves to talk to us and He does so through His word.  Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Take Away…

In this life, His Word is all we need.  It is the most powerful form of defense that we have in this life.  It is our source of life, strength, hope and power.  Without it, we are nothing.  Swords were also used for close combat not for fighting from a distance.  This is because God wants us in the middle of the action fighting battles on His behalf.  We cannot fight a good fight from the perimeter.  That is the difference between a spectator and a participant.  God wants us to participate and spread the Gospel.  He desires for s to be the hands and feet of His word.  He longs for us to be courageous and be the mouthpieces of truth.  He gives us the strongest sword we can carry and the most powerful defense in the world and He will send the strongest army to back us up when we need help.  Against His word there is no defense.

Take Heart Dear Daughter

Take Heart Dear Daughter
Take Heart Dear Daughter

Take Heart Dear Daughter
One of my favorite stories is found in Matthew 9:20-22. We find a woman who suffered for 12 years. For 12 years she bore a burden that she thought she would have to endure for the rest of her days. She was so ashamed of her condition that she approached Jesus from behind crawling on the ground. Ridicule and insecurity became a way of life for her. The look upon her face was heart-wrenching. No friend would associate with her. Her family disowned her. She hears about this stranger with healing powers and thinks to her, “what more do I have to lose?’ She thought, “if I don’t take the risk, I will forfeit the miracle.” She believed. She had hope. With all her strength she had left in her, she reached for His hem. She was healed instantly when she reached for His cloak but because God is God, He gave her so much more that day. He questioned, “who touched me?” Even though He knew who did, He still questioned. He desires for us to reach to Him in faith and when we do, He wants us to be bold enough to proclaim His power and use it for His glory. Her faith made her complete. Imagine running a 5K. You are exhausted but suddenly you see this finish line. Your pace picks up and you focus on the finish line and run with determination. That is exactly what she did. She focused on God, pushed forward with faith and crossed the line. She had exhausted all her resources and rested in the fact that Jesus was her only hope. I love that Christ called her daughter. It confirmed that He desires to be our Father and we can go to Him for every need that He will supply according to His will. Can you imagine something so powerful that it could completely change your life? Her life changed, her gait changed, her body changed, her face changed and her heart changed. We carry burdens too. Sometimes for 12 years or longer. How does carrying that burden affect your life? When we keep carrying that burden, we limit God. He desires to take it away but we won’t let it go. She showed up expecting miracles and walked away the daughter of a King. She came to Him broken, empty, physically ill, shattered, unloved, discontented and frustrated. She left complete, full (not to the rim but overflowing), well, loved, satisfied and whole. That’s what our faith does. Faith takes us to the Rock and heals everything. Mere words are just words when it comes to this healing power. This power is at our fingertips if we would just have the courage to touch the hem of His garment. Have the courage to make the change. Reach out to Him in faith.