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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Breastplate of Righteousness; A Gift Never Lost

“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor (breastplate) of God’s righteousness.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:11, 13-14‬ ‭NLT

    We started talking a few weeks ago about righteousness (right standing with God). When we have right standing with God it means that we have been made right with Him. Thankfully this right standing is something that we can never lose. God will never take it back. The following passage of scripture is a story that Jesus told and it paints an amazing picture of how firmly set in stone our right standing with God is.  

 “A man had two sons. 
The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ 
So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. 
“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living.
 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 
He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. 
But no one gave him anything. 
“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, 
‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger!
I will go home to my father and say, 
“Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ 
“So he returned home to his father. 
And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. 
Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 
His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. ’ 
“But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. 
Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 
And kill the calf we have been fattening. 
We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ 
So the party began.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:11-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬
 
    Do you see what the younger son did in the beginning? The younger son basically told his Father I can't wait for you to die, give me my share of the inheritance now. This should have gotten him disowned. But what did the Father do when the younger son returned? He welcomed him back with open arms and reinstated him back into the family. What the younger son had done was wrong. But that didn't matter to the Father. All the Father cared about was that the Son had come home. This is how right standing looks. No matter how badly the younger son had messed up the Father was willing to forgive and welcome back. This is exactly how firmly fixed our right standing with God is.

Even though the son had done something so terrible, in the Fathers eyes his place as the Son was never in question. Your place as God's child, your right standing, will never end no matter what you do. 

Be Blessed

Steph