Picture Scripture Week 6 : Soldier
Monday, October 8
Picture: Soldier (belt and breastplate)
Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-24; Psalm 119:160;
2 Corinthians 5:21.
Journal any words or phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you.
Post: This week we will be looking at a soldier wearing the armor of God. We will be using the passage in Ephesians 6 every day this week, piece by piece. With the application of ALL these pieces of armor, the soldier is able to stand firm (Ephesians 6 repeats "stands firm" many times). Due to the multiple pieces of armor, today's focus is BOTH the belt and breastplate.
The belt of the armor signifies the TRUTH. Satan fights with lies, and sometimes the lies SOUND like truth; you know what I'm taking about. What usually gets me are not the bold, in your face lies, but those subtle little ones where my justification process gets all tangled up in my head when faced with a decision. Sometimes it's easy for me to say, "I'll just go ahead and do that because I really, really want to, it's a good thing, and I know the Lord wants me the have my heart's desire because scripture says so". OH MY, how Satan gets into my head with those little twisted up thoughts to "just go ahead and ________" (you fill in the blank here). The good news is we have God's truth , which can defeat Satan's lies. One of God's characteristics is truthfulness. He embodies perfect truth and His word cannot lie. It is true and dependable for guidance and help and completely trustworthy (Psalm 119:160). It's right there waiting for us to open our eyes and see. Sometimes that can mean pressing the pause button on our actions , turning to the Lord in prayer, checking our motives, and re-evaluating the situation with our armor on. The soldier's very best defense is to fasten himself tightly to the truth of God's word for this battle.
The breastplate signifies RIGHTEOUSNESS. One of Satan's tactics is to attack our hearts- the seat of our emotions , self-worth, and trust. One question to ask yourself here is are you trying hard on your own to be righteous through doing good works? Is what you are DOING directly attached to how you feel about yourself, how you think others view you, or how "good enough" you are to God? This is a deep one to ponder and I encourage you to get real with yourself on this one. The reality is we will NEVER be able to achieve righteousness through our own efforts. This is a good time to check our motives for doing the good works we do. I recently heard a phrase that has stuck with me. It's not WHAT you do, it's WHY you do what you do. Are we trying to win approval of others, ourselves, or of God so we will be righteous? Guess what! He approves of us because He loves us and sent His son to die for us. Debt paid. No need to do those good works for the purpose of "getting in good" with God and to look more righteous to ourselves and others. Do what you do because you know you are CALLED by the Lord to do it. The breastplate of righteousness is one that was purchased at the cross. It's an honor to put it on as we journey through this life.
We come with gratitude that You have given us armor to put on to do this life. Thank You for Your belt of truth and Your breastplate of righteousness. Give each one us the desire to "suit up" in this armor. Lord, Your word is truth. We admit today that sometimes we over look Your word and go straight to our own devices of justification to mange our lives. We then wonder why things turn out the way they do. Once again we ask that You set us upright on Your path. Help us to see there is nothing we can do that is good enough to make ourselves righteous. Your son did it all. Amen.