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Breastplate of righteousness is heart protection. The definition of righteousness
is: Obedience to Gods law. When we refer to the heart we are referring to the inner
person that feels emotion, the heart is where we feel loved by God and love for God,
and that love for Him should produce obedience or righteousness, so naturally Satan
will try to attack your emotions. When we overeat we even call it emotional eating.
When the Bible talks about things of the heart, it is referring to our emotions.
Write down the following scriptures.
I Thessalonians 5:8 ___________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________
I John 2:5 ___________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________
John 14:15 ___________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________
The more we get to know Jesus, the more we fall in love with Him and the more we
want to obey Him, because we see the value in obedience.
Read: Romans 1:16, 17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the
power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for
the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith;
as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."
Read: Acts 15:8-11 So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them
the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, 9 and made no distinction between us and them,
purifying their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore, why do you test God by putting
a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to
bear? 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall
be saved in the same manner as they.
How do we purify our hearts? ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________
By faith and you can pray that your heart may be cleansed as David did in Psalm 51:10Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
And Psalm 73:26My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and
my portion forever.
Just as you’re your head can be mislead so can your heart and emotions, Deuteronomy
11: 16Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and
serve other gods and worship them.
You can fall in love with false gods. That’s exactly what we do when we bow down
and worship the pantry.
Belt of truth: Gut protection. I believe the Bible is referring to is protection
for our character, our principles.
Read: Psalm 14:2,3 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see
if there are any who understand, who seek God.3 They have all turned aside, They
have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.
Romans 3:10, 23As it is written:” There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There
is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned
aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not
one. 13 "Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced
deceit. The poison of asps is under their lips; 14 "Whose mouth is full of cursing
and bitterness. 15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 Destruction and misery
are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known. 18 "There is no fear
of God before their eyes.19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those
who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become
guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified
in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. God's Righteousness Through
Faith 21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed
by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus
Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have
sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
What do these scriptures say about mans moral fiber? _____________________________
None of us by nature are righteous. Without God, it’s impossible to be righteous.
You know in your heart when you have overeaten. You get a gut feeling about the truth.
You can make as many excuses as you want about why you are overweight. A few of mine
were I have a slow metabolism or I’m just not getting enough exercise. But lets face
it, whether metabolism or lack of exercise it’s all caloric math. If you are over
weight it’s because you’re eating more food than your body requires!
Our God is a no nonsense God, He is clear about how He wants us to live our life.
He wants us to seek Good and stay away form evil. Truth is defined as the real state
of things the body of real events or facts, and the fact is, we are incapable of
living our lives perfectly. We need to let God do it in us, by faith.
Do you believe that God has healed you of this addiction? God loves you no matter
what. If you lose weight God will not love you more or less. You losing the weight
isn’t doing God a favor, it’s good for you. You being obedient doesn’t make God
a better God. He is already perfect, no matter what we do. But because He loves
us, He wants what’s best for us. Satan tries to make you feel guilty, and bad for
indulging yourself, while you are eating the bite. You may be telling yourself mean
things like, “I am fat and I can’t control myself”. When you do that you bind yourself
with your thoughts or words, what you believe about yourself is what you become,
it is a viscous cycle.
Proverbs 23:2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. (NIV)
Do you believe gluttony is a sin? ________________________________________________
Do you believe God created you to be thin? _______________________________________
Why do you believe that? _____________________________________________________
If you believe God created you to be fat, you are mistaken. That’s like saying
because you lie, God created you to be a liar. That goes against the character of
God. God created you to be who you are and that is beautiful.
Read Deuteronomy 32: 4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are
justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.
And that leads us to the next piece of our armor, The Belt of Truth. Can you trust
God, to be the God of all truth and to show you when you are making excuses? ________
You can trust God to be the God of truth if He says it, He will do it. He loves you
too much to let you get away with excuses, and He says all you need is faith to wear
the Belt of truth. Believe what God says.
Read Psalm 15
In light of today’s study, what was the scripture or statement in today’s lesson
that most spoke to your heart? ___________________________________________________________________