Posts Tagged ‘righteousness’

What does the world see when they see us? Do they see love, acceptance, similarity, lies, approval, truth, silence or boldness? For a while now I have delved into Scripture, sought out Godly counsel and read some controversial articles online while seeking to obtain answers to some questions. I have come to the conclusion that we, Christians, are more concerned with hurting some one’s feelings, stepping on toes, being ostracized or verbally attacked rather than being concerned with taking a stand and defending our faith based on Scripture and what God says is right; not what man says is right!

Scripture says we will be persecuted for our beliefs, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.” John 15:18-20

We need to be  more concerned with doing what God says is right rather than with what man says is right by speaking His Truth boldly, spoken in love, to others. There is so much emphasis on wanting someone to be “happy” so we hesitate to share what God says about what they’re doing when they say it makes them happy. If God says it’s wrong, it’s wrong. We think if they claim it’s “love” then who are we to say it’s wrong even though God calls adultery, fornication, homosexuality, etc. wrong and not love, not His definition of “love”!

To quote Mark Gungor, “Human love does not transcend God’s righteousness – ever.”

It’s time we stop approving of things God disapproves of and lovingly share His thoughts on the subjects. None of our sins are alright with God and if we are to be representing Him shouldn’t we be agreeing with what He says?! Man doesn’t get to determine right and wrong; only God can determine it.  As it states in I Cor 4:4, “My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.” We are only fooling ourselves and misrepresenting God to others by not explaining this difference to them.

Wait a minute! An armor – I have to wear an armor? So I have to physically put on a heavy armor and carry around a metal shield all day? Seriously I don’t look that great in a helmet.
All kidding aside…
the Armor of God is a protective covering that we have at our disposal because we’re Christians & Jesus lives in us.
Does it mean we’ll escape from any possibilities of trouble or battle? Not hardly. Jesus didn’t, did He?
Protection –
being equipped for battle is a necessity when you approach war so why wouldn’t we, as Christians daily battling Satan & his followers, also arm ourselves? We should!
So, you ask, am I ok as long as I have on the Armor, so that I can go ahead and proceed into places I know I shouldn’t go? Answer: an emphatic NO! Because when you go somewhere Jesus tells you not to go, you’re disobeying God and taking off the breastplate of righteousness. So you will not be safe going there anyway. Satan will try to trick you as he tempts you. He knows you believe God will protect you and that you’re wearing the Armor of God. He uses that knowledge to get you to test God.
Remember when he tried to tempt Jesus?
first) AND THE DEVIL SAID UNTO HIM, IF THOU BE THE SON OF GOD, COMMAND THIS STONE THAT IT BE MADE BREAD-Lk 4:3.
second) THEN THE DEVIL TAKETH HIM UP INTO THE HOLY CITY, AND SETTETH HIM ON A PINNACLE OF THE TEMPLE, AND SAITH UNTO HIM, IF THOU BE THE SON OF GOD, CAST THYSELF DOWN: FOR IT IS WRITTEN, HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE CONCERNING THEE: AND IN THEIR HANDS THEY SHALL BEAR THEE UP, LEST AT ANY TIME THOU DASH THY FOOT AGAINST A STONE-Mt 4:5,6.
third) AGAIN, THE DEVIL TAKETH HIM UP INTO AN EXCEEDING HIGH MOUNTAIN, AND SHOWETH HIM ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD, AND THE GLORY OF THEM; AND SAITH UNTO HIM, ALL THESE THINGS WILL I GIVE THEE, IF THOU WILT FALL DOWN AND WORSHIP ME.

Even Jesus needed God’s Word, His strength and His protection to resist the temptations of Satan! Are we stronger than Jesus? Are we Satan-proof? NOT HARDLY!

As I mentioned earlier, there are 6 pieces of armor for the Christian to “put on” as the Armor of God. I’ll discuss them one by one in future blogs but felt it was crucial to introduce the meaning & necessity behind the entire Armor of God first.