Breastplate Of Righteousness

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One of the frustrations of the Christian faith is the guarantee that we will suffer. Suffering increases. We don’t like to suffer but there’s no avoiding it. One man said, “So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” (1Peter 4:19, NIV) There’s no avoiding it. As a matter of fact we are encouraged to embrace it.

If a man has on a bullet proof vest and gets shot in the chest, it will still hurt. But hallelujah…he will live because he has on a bullet proof vest. The vest protects his chest. His chest will still get a bruise, but it will not be penetrated.

This reminds me of what it’s like to suffer as a Christian. The devil comes gunning for us. He comes firing to take us out. He comes with diverse temptations. And those temptations do hurt. It hurts to resist temptation. When you resist temptation, it’s painful just like it’s painful to get shot in the chest while wearing a bullet proof vest. And even though one wears a bullet proof vest, it’s dangerous whenever bullets are flying – period!

Temptation is scary – period, because however you choose to look at it, you are having an encounter with the devil himself.

Scripture time: Having put on the breastplate of righteousness. (Ephesians 6:14B)

Temptation hurts. It will hurt. It will come. That’s a guarantee. But obeying God is the bullet proof vest that blesses you with a bruise on your sternum rather than an opened chest cavity. We have to learn how to rejoice in bruised sternums. Lord have mercy….

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