This one struck me today:
“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.” (28:1)
Last week I learned a bit more about Eastern worldview and engaging Muslims in conversations about Jesus. One thing the teacher pointed out was how bold Easterners can be. They will declare something with conviction, even if they don’t have all the facts. Truth for them is power and beauty. For the West, it’s facts and physical science.
Many Muslims discredit Western Christianity on the tendency that when forcibly confronted about it, we shrink back because, “uh I just, I don’t know, I have faith?” “What are you doing in my country?” “Um, nothing?! I’m a tourist!”
Let’s talk about righteousness and assurance of salvation. After the beautifully, glorious first half of Ephesians where Paul sets our identity squarely in Christ, I flip to the end, finding the Full Armor of God:
“Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the SHEILD OF FAITH with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” (Ephesians 6:14-20)
The Helmet of Salvation protects your mind. It is a lifesaver, along with the Breastplate of Righteousness. These protect your vital organs.
Our Salvation is only from Christ defeating death, living a perfect life and giving us HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. This is what’s TRUE and holding us together like a belt.
Our enemy throws flaming arrows of accusations and disqualifications based on our own record of unrighteousness and lack of understanding. Yeah, we’d be screwed if we were trusting in those things. Paul pleads with us, “No! Stand firm!” It all depends of Christ, so we can be bold as lions!
The wicked scamper away like cockroaches. They don’t need to be chased to run. That’s not us anymore! We have been given the righteousness of Christ, and He doesn’t run away ever.
Let’s put on the this armor today.