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Breastplate of Righteousness
Four times in these verses we are told to 'stand'. These are urgent, imperative commands. God's people are supposed to be on guard, and taking a stand against evil. There is a great culture war in America today. And the world is in a spiritual battle as well.
We must know our enemy...analyze our enemy. Next, we must utilize our weaponry, which we now study. Then we have to realize the victory. Remember, God has already won the victory. There's no doubt about the outcome in our war. Read the back of the book! There's no question about how it ends...but in the meanwhile, we are to fight the good fight, and we can win our own personal battles when we put on the armor of God.
• The initial defeat of Satan happened thru what Jesus did on Calvary. Just as Gen. 3:15 said, the seed of the woman crushed the head of the serpent! Satan and his demons had no idea what the effects of the cross would be.
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
At Calvary, Satan was led into an ambush. He inspired a crowd to do his bidding, and didn't realize he was accomplishing God's purposes! For 3 days the devil rejoiced, and then he found out what had really happened.
And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
• The final defeat of Satan -- currently, he has never been to hell, but he is on his way. And he's not going there to be in charge like in jokes, but to be tormented forever in outer darkness.
Which part of the body of Christ would you like to be? Some might say the head, to think like Him, or the heart, to feel close to him. How about the feet?
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.
• In between his initial and final defeats is the here and now, and the continual defeat of Satan is where we now focus.
In WWII there was a D-Day, when our allied forces invaded Normandy. That would end up sealing the doom of Hitler. But there was also a V-Day, victory day, about a year later. There was a time span in between the two. And that's where we're at now with our real enemy, the devil. The victory has already been assured and guaranteed, but there's a few more battles to face, and our success as individual soldiers will be based on how we're dressed. [armor]
Last time we saw the girdle of truth, the Word of God, Son of God, and Spirit of God protecting our heart, mind, and will. This helps us overcome Satan's attacks mentally, morally, and motivationally.
The Breastplate of Righteousness
It's like a vest, a coat of mail, covering both front and back from neck to waist. It protects us from one of the devil's most effective fiery darts...guilt. Few things will paralyze a Christian like the guilt of past sins. It may have already been confessed, forgiven, and forsaken, but Satan will dredge it up over and again to hurt you. [conviction of present sin is different...deal with it!]