THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE As end time spiritual warriors, God planned for us to be fully equipped for battles, and provided every weapon of warfare that we will need in order to be victorious. These are the same powerful weapons that Jesus used to defeat the enemy when He walked the earth. RIGHTEOUSNESS - DIKAIOS Dikaios means "righteous, innocent, just, upright". The New Testament affirms the righteous and sinless character of God. Jesus addresses God as "righteous Father" and He Himself is called "the Righteous One". The book of Revelation affirms that God is "just" in all His ways and judgments; He is "the righteous Judge". Dikaios sometimes describes those who set as their goal to live a holy, God-fearing, "righteous" life. Holy and upright living, in accordance with God's standards. The word righteousness comes from a root word that means "straightness". It refers to a state that conforms to authoritative standard. Righteousness is a moral concept. God's character is the definition and source of all righteousness. Therefore, man's righteousness is defined in terms of God's. PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PRACTICE LIVING RIGHTEOUSLY! When you received Christ by faith, Christ's righteousness, the breastplate of righteousness, war given to you. Before you can be holy and blameless before God, you must act in faith. The power of sin has been broken in your life. Clothed in Christ's righteousness you have power over all sin. You must now yield the members of your body - your mind, your will, your thoughts - as slaves to righteousness. It is within your power! God made it possible. Jesus shed His blood that you could live holy blameless before God He placed His Spirit within you to enable you to live free from sin. As you are clothed in the breastplate of righteousness, you become invulnerable to Satan's attacks. Knowing that you are clothed in Christ's righteousness, you are able to withstand every temptation. Knowing that you have been set free from the power of sin, and that Christ is in you and you are in Him, you are able to say no to every temptation Satan throws at you. SCRIPTURES: First John 2:1,29; Psalm 48:10; Psalm 65:5; Psalm 97:2,10; Psalm 119:137; Psalm 145:17; Jer. 23:6; Psalm 45:7; Isa. 11:5; Isa. 42:6; Isa. 59:16; Rev. 19:11.
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