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Using God’s Armor to Combat Fear: The Belt and Breastplate

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God’s Armor Combats Fear Using the Belt of Truth and Breastplate of Righteousness

Here I am again. I end up in a mess way too often. When will I learn?

I strive to trust God, yet often, I do not. I trust in myself instead of His truth.  My mantra is, “I got this.”

This attitude rarely works in my favor.

Why?

I am glad you asked.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, according to John 14:6. Yet, I want my will and am not ready to surrender to His because of fear.

What if I mess up?

What if I misunderstand what He tells me?

What if I fail?

Importance of the Belt of Truth

Without the belt of truth, my failure shines big and bold as I scream at my children. I fume about an insignificant thing my husband did. I even have adult-size tantrums when things don’t go my way. I make a fool of myself and end up frustrated, angry, and afraid

Does this sound familiar?

When life gets this out of control, I need to remember truth.

Truth: Christ chose to die for me, a sinner.

Truth: Because of the gift of faith, I am now a child of God.

Truth: I have obtained an inheritance, I am forgiven, and I am sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

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These truths set my heart at ease and the Bible is filled with many more to help us not be afraid. As I trust more in God’s truth, I will walk less in fear of failure, and more in faith.

As I trust more in God’s truth, I will walk less in fear of failure, and more in faith. @poore_norma Click To Tweet

Why is it the belt of Truth?

The belt of a soldier was a multipurpose tool, made of leather. It held the outer garment straps that hung down the front, to protect vital exterior male organs. (Arthur, 2018)[1].

A Christian’s belt holds tools as well, rhema [a specific word said for a particular situation (Strong’s Concordance)], prayer, church, and other believers to help us stand firm in the battle.

Without the belt of truth and our tools, we can fall prey to Satan. We are gullible to his lies, and will be, “…carried about by every wind of doctrine…” as Paul warns in Ephesians 4:14.

When I get carried away with wanting my will, I sin. The devil’s lies and accusations tell me I am of no use to anyone, not even God. My failure as a wife, a mom, a Christian woman will keep Him from blessing me. There are times I believe these lies and don’t walk in faith, but give in to fear.

God Wants Good for Us

This is not what God has for me.  He has a victorious life for me. I need to remember three truths:

  • God has replaced a spirit of fear with His power, according to 2 Timothy 2:7.
  • I can do all things because of the strength Christ gives me, Philippians 4:13 says.
  • Greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world, 1 John 4:4 points out.

I have my belt in place.

The Breastplate of Righteousness

The next thing Paul tells me to do is put on the breastplate of righteousness.  I needed to know God had me securely in His hand before I could surrender my heart completely to Him.

As a young child, I spent four years in foster care. Things that should not happen to little children happened to me. I learned at a young age to keep people at a distance on the outside, but internally I craved their love. This is where my people-pleasing attitude began.

As is true of many victims, I had a misguided, twisted idea of love. I thought giving myself to a guy was how I was supposed to show love and be loved, only to come to the harsh realization I was increasing guilt instead of alleviating it.

This shame and guilt hung around my neck like lead weights.

I often thought, “I am damaged, broken goods. No one could love me.”

The One Who Always Loves Us

One day I met a kind and gentle man with so much compassion. He told me he loved me, even after I shared my past with him. The delight he had in me took my breath away. He told me if I love him, he would be the healer of my heart. I said yes to him. I said yes to Jesus and He became my Savior and I was adopted again.

Salvation is for the individual not the masses, just as the breastplate was made specifically for each soldier.

Salvation is for the individual not the masses, just as the breastplate was made specifically for each soldier. @poore_norma Click To Tweet

The breastplate was made of either thick linen or leather, or of bronze (cost determined which was used). The breastplate covered both sides of the soldier’s torso, protected the lungs and heart, earning it the nickname “heart protector” by Polybius, a Greek historian. (Arthur, 2018).

When God looks at me, He sees the insignia of Christ on my breastplate and declares me righteous. He sees the same when he looks at you.

When God looks at me, He sees the insignia of Christ on my breastplate and declares me righteous. He sees the same when he looks at you. @poore_norma Click To Tweet

The word righteousness is more than a legal term declaring me justified, which means found not guilty. The implication here is there isn’t enough evidence against me to bring my case before the Judge. Not only am I declared innocent, but I am declared clean. It’s like my sin never happened.

How do I turn my fear of not being loved into an act of faith?

I don’t have a pat answer. It takes time to learn God keeps His promises. The best place to be is in His presence, trusting in His love. I’ve come to realize if I read my Bible, pray, and meditate on God’s love for me, it’s easier to walk in faith and leave fear behind.

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment…” 1 John 4:18 (NASB).

God’s love is perfect and in Christ there is no punishment.

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[1] Arthur, Kay. https://www.preceptaustin.org/ephesians_614-15. August 2, 25018.


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Norma Poore, Contributing Writer

Norma lives in North Carolina with her husband of 36 years, David. They have six children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren, who are the best in all the world. She loves being with her family, relaxing at the beach, reading, learning new things, and hearing God’s voice. The Lord is teaching Norma not to fear. He will provide everything needed for the journey for which He has called her. The verse He has given her is Isaiah 41:10 NASB, “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you surely I will help you, surely, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

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2 thoughts on “Using God’s Armor to Combat Fear: The Belt and Breastplate”

  1. Excellent word, Norma. I think it’s easy to neglect our righteous standing before God in Christ. For too long I thought I needed to beat myself down to be humble, but God lifts us up when he declares us clean. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Thank you.
      You are right, Chip, God declares us clean because of Christ and we simply need to trust and rest in Him.

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