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The Breastplate of Righteousness The further we go in God the more opposition we receive, because the further we go in the Lord

d the more dangerous we become to the kingdom of darkness, because Satan is envious of the fellowship we have with God. The further you go the opposition increases, and so we have to learn how to stand, the scriptures say, Stand in the evil days. God begins to drop the hedge around you and it has to be replaced by the Armor of God. When youre a new Christian, God puts a hedge around you. Now, its not Gods intention to put a hedge around you. And so eventually, Hes going to take the hedge down and you are to stand on your own feet. AND SO THE HEDGE HAS TO BE REPLACED BY THE ARMOR OF THE LORD Eph. 6:13-14 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; the breastplate of righteousness. In Isa. 59:17, For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and again in 2 Cor. 6:7, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, here it is again, the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left hand.

Its important that we learn to Understand Righteousness and the Nature of Righteousness What is righteousness? Basically it is RULED BY WHAT IS RIGHT, righteousness, talks of BLAMELESS, UPRIGHT, PURE righteousness is WALKING IN THE LIGHT. righteousness and walking in the light is a PROGRESSIVE thing. Righteousness basically is one walking in the light. Standard of righteousness basically varies, but it is the character of God. It simply means GOD-LIKE, LIKE GOD, God-like, Godly, righteous.

There are Two Areas of Righteousness 1

1. Imputed Righteousness In Rom. 5:9 makes it very, very clear, the new birth, the new life imparted unto us, its the righteousness of God imputed unto us, its imparted to us, Much more then, being now justified [MADE TO APPEAR RIGHTEOUS; you have right standing with God through the new birth experience through the cleansing of your sin, impartation of a new nature into your spirit, the life of Christ.;] by his blood, Righteousness is imputed to you The word justified again is the word which means MADE TO APPEAR RIGHTEOUS, BEING JUST IN THE EYES OF GOD. The life of Christ which is in you is perfect? It is righteous; it cannot sin. You can. But the life, the seed, the life of God in you that comes through the new birth is totally righteous. So there is that aspect and we need to appreciate that, understanding righteousness. The Impartation of Christs Righteousness He has made you to appear righteous before God, and just as if in Gods eyes that you have never sinned. When He looks upon you, He sees the righteousness of Christ which he has imputed to you. Believing that kills inferiority and kills condemnation

The enemy will get into you, Youre not spiritual enough. You need to put on the Armor of God God starts to lower the hedge on you. Various areas of your life Hell just begin to cut that hedge down. Gods objective in lowering the hedge is that you GROW UP IN FAITH. As we put the armor back on, the breastplate of righteousness. IT COVERS THE HEART, the emotions. Relying on external things instead of on the Grace of God religious spirit BE VERY CAREFUL WITH EXTERNALS BECAUSE GOD LOOKS AT THE HEART. 2. THE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS He that is righteous doeth righteously. There is an imputed righteousness, but NOW YOU HAVE TO WALK IN THAT and that is a progressive thing. 2

THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION TO THOSE WHO WALK IN THE SPIRIT. The Fruit of Righteousness God is outworking in your life progressively - WALKING IN THE SPIRIT

Theologically Positional or legal righteousness (salvation) and Practical or lived-out righteousness (sanctification) Atty. Caas position letter ONCE GOD SPEAKS TO YOU LIKE THAT, THE HEDGE IS DOWN. And youve got two options: to walk in it, embrace that, walk in that light, that point that He has given you and then the shield is back up. HES OUTWORKING RIGHTEOUSNESS IN YOU. He looks at you up to that point as perfect. Dont try and put right, make people righteous - Everybody is at different stages in Gods dealing with them God doesnt work on the same wave from the same angle with every person. Sometimes God works from the top down, from the bottom up. He comes in from different angles depending on the personality, the background and many, many other factors. ILL. Laborers in the vineyard (dealing with attitude) Righteousness is walking in Revealed Light If you walk in the revealed light of what God is requiring of you, God will require nothing more of you. You are perfect, upright and righteous before Him. You have perfect standing with God. All you have to do is what is required of you, what He has talked to you about, what He has made real to you. You walk in that, you walk in absolute, perfect righteousness before God. Jesus says, Youve got to draw your life from Me. Youve got to abide in Me. (John 15:1-7) Ye are My friends, if you do what I tell you. v. 14 Just listen to My voice when Im talking to your heart. Just respond to Me. Thats friendship. Friends have a different kind of relationship. Walk in the LIGHT - thats Righteousness 3

Do you want to have a real walk with God? Its simple - WALK IN THE LIGHT. Thats righteousness. If youre going to walk in the light, you have to walk in LOVE John uses the word light and love interchangeably God is light, God is love. God is in the light. If youre going to walk in the light, you have to walk in love. Theyre interchangeable. Jesus was in human frame and could not do anything without the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Even Christ in you needs an anointing, He cannot operate without the anointing

Through the new birth, Christ comes into your spirit, Hes in there. In order for Him to operate through you, because Hes in human flesh, He needs an anointing. Even Christ in you needs an anointing. He cannot operate without the anointing. Under the anointing, Christ can come forth in you, you see, the gifts of the Spirit, the anointing. The Christ in you has to be anointed. WHEN THAT ANOINTING COMES, THE LORD IS READY TO WORK THROUGH YOU. Christ in you has come alive. Hes empowered to work through you. THE PROBLEM IS GETTING THROUGH THIS FLESH, getting past this MIND, getting through the UNBELIEF. Get it out of the way so He can work. Walking in the Love of God Vs. 11 of chap 3, For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. Understand Righteousness Righteousness is walking in the light. Put on the breastplate of righteousness so that you might be able to stand in the evil day. Understand righteousness for your sake and the sake of others if youre ministering to people. Understand that whoever is righteous walks in the light. And to walk in the light is to walk in love. If you do that, youll abide in Him and youll ask what you will and it shall be done. God is not going to hit you with every rule in the book. Hes not going to hit you with the law. He says, Just do what I tell you to do. 4

And keep a right attitude just love everybody, right attitude to every person, right attitude. Keep your love and a right attitude and youll walk in light, youll walk in love, youll walk in deliverance; youll walk in blessing; youll walk in peace; youll have a relationship with God; youll have an armor of light; youll be a friend of the Lord, in the Spirit. Lets come out with religion, whole set of rules, this person is backslidden because theyre not doing things which are our standards. They might be more spiritual than you are if the count was taken. JUST KEEP LOVING THEM. All men shall know that you are My disciples if you have love one for another.