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Be Strong: The Armor of God
The Breastplate of Righteousness

Episode 18 | April 29, 2024
Lisa Brenninkmeyer and Laura Phelps

Join us for episode 18 in our eight-week series, Be Strong: The Armor of God. Lisa and Laura continue the deep dive into Ephesians 6:10–18, awakening us to the invisible battle that rages while encouraging us to reach for the weapons that keep us strong and steady. Today, Lisa and Laura introduce us to our second piece of armor, the breastplate of righteousness. Why is putting this piece of armor on so important? What is righteousness? Grab your Bible, notebook, and pen, and find out!

Open your Heart to our key Scripture.
Ephesians 6:14: Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.

Open your Bible to other Scriptures referenced in this episode.
Proverbs 4:23: With all vigilance guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life.
Proverbs 3:1–2: My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare will they give you.
John 14:15: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
Philippians 3:9: Not having a righteousness of my own, based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.
Romans 5:19: For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
1 Peter 2:24: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:21: For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Daniel 3, The Prayer of Azariah in the Furnace, 1: And they walked about in the midst of the flames, singing hymns to God and blessing the Lord.

Invite Him in with this episode’s questions for reflection.
What is your loose board?

What comfort or benefit does it give you that makes it difficult for you to part with it?

What sort of detriments has it brought to your life?

What would be the first step you could take this week to make a different choice?

Show mentions.
E. Stanley Jones, theologian.
The four kinds of righteousness are performative righteousness, comparative righteousness, infused righteousness, and practical righteousness.
CCC 1814: Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us.
CCC 539: The evangelists indicate the salvific meaning of this mysterious event: Jesus is the new Adam who remained faithful just where the first Adam had given in to temptation. Jesus fulfills Israel's vocation perfectly: in contrast to those who had once provoked God during forty years in the desert, Christ reveals himself as God's Servant, totally obedient to the divine will. In this, Jesus is the devil's conqueror: he "binds the strong man" to take back his plunder. Jesus' victory over the tempter in the desert anticipates victory at the Passion, the supreme act of obedience of his filial love for the Father.
Priscilla Shirer, writer.

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