Stand Firm: Body Armor of God’s Righteousness
Written by Liz Sarno
Ephesians 6:14, “Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth, and the body armor of God’s righteousness.”
There was a time not too long ago, when I looked in the mirror and didn’t like what I saw. I’m not talking about the few extra pounds I needed to lose or the fact that I needed to get my hair highlighted or that I needed to do something different with my makeup. It was something that went much deeper than physical appearance. On the inside I felt ugly, unworthy and I wasn’t sure God had picked the right person when He called me. Because of my insecurity, I felt unqualified and felt like a failure in so many areas. I allowed the enemy to come in and attack my mind in such a sneaky way that I didn’t recognize it at first. Getting a revelation about my righteous position in Christ completely changed the way that I began to think about myself and allowed me to break free from the assault on my self-worth.
For many years I did not really understand what righteousness was. I thought it was this unattainable thing that I needed to be but could never really achieve. Then I gained an understanding that righteousness is simply being in right standing with God. And on the day I invited Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of my life, I was instantly placed in that position. I Corinthians 5:21 says, “For he made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” I was set free when I recognized that Jesus gave His life for me to enable me to stand before God free from guilt, free from shame and free from inferiority. I realized that I have a right to be in the presence of God, and I am righteous simply because I received the gift of salvation!
Every weapon God provides us enables us not only to defend ourselves against the attacks of the enemy, but to stand strong in the midst of them. The enemy doesn’t always come against us in a blatant way. Often times he attacks us more subtly and one of the greatest ways he does that is in our minds. He uses the power of suggestion to tell us we aren’t good enough, God can’t use us, we are flawed or that we are unable to do anything of value. He shows us what we are not, who we can never hope to be and tries to make us believe that we could not possibly amount to anything. He tries to cripple us with feelings of inferiority and comparison where we will never quite measure up. It’s no mistake that God gives us His righteousness to protect us from the fiery darts of self-doubt, self-criticism, and feelings of unworthiness.
When we are wearing the body armor of God’s righteousness, we can stand strong knowing that we are good enough because of Him, that God can use us, and although we may be flawed in areas, it doesn’t discount us from being valuable. We can see who God made us to be, and how His plans for us exceed our wildest dreams. Instead of feeling inferior, we can recognize our influence. Rather than comparing ourselves to others, we can see our own unique calling. Self-doubt becomes assurance and self-criticism gives way to confidence. Rather than feeling unworthy, we can rest in the knowledge that Jesus thought we were so valuable that He gave His very life so we could be in right standing with God.
Have the attacks of the enemy caused you to feel more like a victim than a victor? How can you use the body armor of righteousness to stand strong against his evil schemes?