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In Ephesians 6:10-20 we read about the full armor of God, which is made up of the following:

1. Belt of truth
2. Breastplate of righteousness
3. Sandals of readiness
4. Shield of faith
5. Helmet of salvation
6. Sword of the Spirit

Today's discussion is about the Breastplate of righteousness.

What is a breastplate?

Breastplate is a metal vest covering the chest of soldiers. Breastplate protects the most vital organ - the heart.

What is then the breastplate of righteouness?

Breastplate of righteousness means the importance of a believer to guard his/her heart.

We all have experienced issues with our hearts. None of us can deny showing mild to moderate to severe symptoms of the listed conditions below.

For some their hearts are heavily burdened over issues they are facing, for some it is wounded of things of past, for some it is filled with fear of the future, for some it holds huge 'records of wrongs', for some it is pride, for some it is guilt, for some their hearts have hardened over time, for others the heart has become way too tolerant of sin. All these symptoms indicate trouble within the heart - or in other words, an unguarded heart.

King Solomon writes in Proverbs 4:23, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."

King David sang: Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. Psalms 119:2

Prophet Malachi instructs: "So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife." Malachi 2:16 (NLT) 

Jesus explained: A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45

There are tons of more Scriptures on the importance of guarding our hearts; to list a few:

Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path. Proverbs 23:19

The seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. Luke 8:15 

Enough said I believe. For those of us who needs a divine touch this morning, be assured our Lord is more than willing to renew our hearts, if we are willing to ask.

He has promised us: I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26 

All we need to do is ask. Shall we? 
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