Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place...
We're discussing spiritual warfare in this third study on the Armor of God.
Before I became a committed Christian, I had all kinds of enemies--both at home and at work. I battled insults, tricks, lies, and betrayal. I lived in war zone conditions of anger, self-pity, aggression, and passivity--with a mind-set dog therapists call 'shy-sharp.' Human therapists call it 'passive-aggressive.'
In Joyce Meyer's signature book, 'Battlefield of the Mind,' I learned my war was not with people. That was big news to me. Instead, I was battling Satan, and all of my tactics were completely ineffective.
On the other hand, the Armor of God is completely effective--when we put it on daily. Following the belt of truth, we stand behind the breastplate of righteousness. Since 'there is none righteous, no, not one' (Romans 3:10), we receive '...the gift of righteousness...in life through the One, Jesus Christ' (Romans 5:17).
Attacks on our value as God's children, whether from dark thoughts in our minds or dark words from others, bounce off the breastplate of righteousness. They are lies because 'there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus' (Romans 8:1). We are forgiven and made righteous through the Blood of Christ. If God Himself sees us as clean, can we disagree with the King of the Universe?
We are never 'less than.' We are always 'more than' (Romans 8:7). We are not perfect, but we are following the One Who is. We are 'being transformed' (2 Corinthians 3:18) daily as we grow closer to Him, 'being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God' (Philippians 1:11).
'If God is for us, who can be against us?' (Romans 8:31).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Armor Of God series.