14 In righteousness you shall be established;
you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
The devil never quits bothering the saints, even when he’s on the losing end. Don’t allow him to oppress you with feelings of discouragement and fearful hopelessness. Learn to recognise that such feelings come from a spirit of heaviness that seeks to accuse and condemn you of sin and failure.
The Prophet Isaiah tells us “In righteousness you shall be established”. The Hebrew word for “established” is kuwn which “to stay firm, stable and unwavering”. The word literally describes the physical foundation of a building. In other words, the best way to deal with the lies of the devil is to stand firmly (or rest fully) on the truth of what God has revealed about you in Christ.
When you’re hit by those moments of fear and uncertainty, don’t let them fester inside you and taint your faith in God. Our Father assures us that whatever the devil can throw against us, they cannot withstand His righteousness in you. They “shall fall for your sake” (cf. Isaiah 54:15).
The Apostle Paul writes to every believer to “put on the breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14) — which is part of the whole armour of God for us to stand firm against the devil’s attacks. A breastplate is for the protection of the heart and vital organs. In this sense, righteousness is not just having a right standing before God, but it is also the right weapon to stand against Satan.
On your own, you are no match to the devil, but when you knowingly “wear” the breastplate of Christ’s righteousness with the belt of “gospel truth”, you can rouse against his every move every time.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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