Spring Week of Prayer: Day 2

The Breastplate of Righteousness

"… and having put on the breastplate of righteousness …" -Ephesians 6:14b

The breastplate defends a soldier’s vital organs.  Many people are not mindful of their major organs until they have a problem, but pain or difficulty makes us acutely aware of our heart, lungs, and kidneys.  Christian, sin deadens the conscience, poisons the mind, and stops the heart.  Our greatest need is to be protected from defilement and delivered from unrighteousness.  Today, we rejoice because the Divine Warrior has gone forth to war against the disease of sin (Isa. 59:17).  On the cross, the Holy One was accounted as putrid, so that you would be declared clean (2 Cor. 5:21).  Pray for five friends to be protected from sin by clinging to Christ.  The Heidelberg Catechism reminds us how we are to put on Christ (Rom. 13:11-14) by stating,

Q #60. How are you righteous before God?

A. Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. Even though my conscience accuses me of having grievously sinned against all God’s commandments, of never having kept any of them, and of still being inclined toward all evil, nevertheless, without any merit of my own, out of sheer grace, God grants and credits to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never sinned nor been a sinner, and as if I had been as perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me. All I need to do is accept this gift with a believing heart.

May the faithful and true prophet, Jesus Christ, steady your heart to know that the satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of the Son makes you righteous before God.
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