I love to watch movies of knights and jousting and all things medieval. I am thinking of going to my first medieval fair this month. So when the armor of God is mentioned in Ephesians 6, it really catches my eye:
Ephesians 6:11 – KJV – Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
First we see that we are to put on the whole armor of God. ALL of it. Just part of it will not do the job.
Ephesians 6:14 – KJV – Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
I am going to take this out of order and talk about the breastplate of righteousness. A breastplate covered the whole torso to protect the vital organs the most important of which is the heart. Righteous living protects our heart from attacks by the fiery darts of the devil. We must protect our hearts for that is where everything we are comes from:
Proverbs 4:23 – KJV – Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
This is where Satan tries to trip us up. The word Keep means to blockade, to preserve, to guard from danger. We must be sure that what goes into our heart is righteous so we are protected by the breastplate. We must take our queues from God’s word and never deviate from it.
Make a list (it would probably be good to write it down) of what your values are. If you are familiar with the Franklin planner, that is the first thing it tells you to do. Then proceed to write down your goals. If any of your goals conflict with your values, you may become “successful”, but you will have inner turmoil because you are in opposition to your values. In the church world, we call that conviction of the Holy Spirit. This is why it would be a difficult thing for a Christian to own a bar, be a stripper, or become a Hollywood actor. I am not saying that being an actor is impossible, but most of the time you have to compromise your beliefs in order to be a success in this field.
So, you must determine what is your Christian values are before an opportunity comes up that could lead you down the wrong path. It may look glamorous. It may look lucrative. It may be the very thing you have wanted all your life. If you do not have your righteous values in place and can recall them in an instant, Satan could lead your heart to a place that will destroy you. When you have the word hidden in your heart, it will guide you around such temptation.
Psalms 119:11 – KJV – Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
So remember, keep that breastplate in place to protect your heart from being deceived. Do not leave God for success in the world. Do not compromise.