"The hardest people to reach with the love of God are not the bad people. They know they are bad. They have no defense. The hardest ones to win for God are the self-righteous people." —Charles L. Allen
I love those police dramas when one of the police officers gets separated from all his buddies. He's on a dark street and it's night (and of course, the street is always wet for some reason). Garbage cans are tipped over for good effect. With gun drawn, he is on the chase for the bad guys. The music starts getting really ominous and you know the guy is going to be toast soon. Sure enough, the bad guys are waiting and BAM BAM! In slow motion he rocks back, drops his gun, and falls into a twisted heap on the cold pavement as the bad guys make their escape into the darkness.
No. Slowly, the officer begins to move! Slowly at first, then stands to his feet. He opens his uniform to reveal a bulletproof vest. Yes! And the slugs are right there over his heart, right? The vest saves his life... and that modern piece of protection is a modern day picture of the eternal protection God has given us in the breastplate of righteousness.
Stand firm then... with the breastplate of righteousness in place. —Ephesians 6:14
Listen, if you are living in Christ, you are going to take your shots too. Satan will do everything he can to convince you that you are not who Christ says you are. Guilt and shame from your sin will be aimed at your heart with the intent of killing you; you might even get knocked down hard. Please remember. The intent of God's breastplate of righteousness is not to perfect you, it is to protect you and your heart today, tomorrow, and everyday until that day you finally meet God face-to-face.
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. —Isaiah 61:10
That's something to truly rejoice in. I don't know of any better news than that.
Heavenly Father, You know me through and through, Lord. You know my transgressions from my past, my failures today, and my sins of tomorrow. Thank You for protecting me from the accusations of Satan by shielding me with Your breastplate of righteousness and by wrapping me in Your righteous robe. My soul rejoices in You, and You only Lord! Thank You for Your unconditional love and for Your perfect sacrifice. Amen.
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A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World
It’s a challenge for most followers of Jesus Christ to live in a culture driven by values and views that run counter to our faith and to the truth of Scripture. And we wonder how best to relate.
Should we isolate ourselves from such a world, trying to keep ourselves “unstained”? Should we be intimidated by what our secular counterparts believe because we feel “out of step”? Then again, maybe we should identify more closely with the values of our world in order to win more people to Christ.
Stuart Briscoe takes you on a journey to discover how to live as a Christ follower in our fallen culture in his new small book, A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World. By looking at the life of Joseph (Genesis 37-50), Stuart shows you an excellent model for how we should indeed live in our world!
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