"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness."
Ever feel guilty and not good enough for eternal life or not good enough to be a witness for Jesus?
The devil seeks to use guilt to make us ineffective in our witness concerning the gospel of Christ. The breastplate of righteousness is our protection. When guilt comes upon us for our sin and we repent of that sin, confess it to Jesus, and ask forgiveness from the person we sinned against, yet find the guilt is remaining, then we are in a battle with our sin nature or Satan.
Christ paid the penalty for our sin by dying on the Cross and rising again from the dead to show the debt of sin had been completely paid. When we believe the gospel (Jesus died for us on the cross, rose from the dead and is Lord), we receive His righteousness. We are made righteous by Jesus Christ and thus made fit for eternal life and for being a witness of Christ.
The guilt that keeps many Christians silent is a great tool of our enemy Satan. When he thrusts guilt on us to knock us out of the battle for winning people to Christ, we simply respond, "I am righteous in Christ and that is enough to give me eternal life and to enable me to witness to other people about new life in Jesus Christ."
Put on your breastplate of righteousness and don't fall prey to the imposed guilt of Satan.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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