EQUIPPED FOR BATTLE
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness. Ephesians 6:14
God has given us spiritual weapons and armor to protect us from the attacks of our enemies, but we don't put them on everyday like a suit of clothes because they become a part of our being. In other words the truth we gird ourselves with is to know the word of God, it is a part of us!
The breastplate of righteousness is who we are in Christ and protects our heart from the assaults of the devil. We are the very righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, not our own righteousness, but His, given to those who follow Him! The devil tried to deceive Jesus in the wilderness by questioning His identity when he said, "If You are the Son of God!" Was there any doubt? Jesus answered him with the Word! "It is written!"
When David went out to meet a nine foot giant with only a sling and a stone he knew the truth of God's word, hidden in his heart and he also knew who he belonged to. Before you engage the enemy you had better know it too!
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin