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Putting On The Breastplate of Righteousness :Living The Pilgrim's Way
Putting On The Breastplate of Righteousness : Living The Pilgrim’s Way
“Stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place.”
Ephesians 5 :14
How do we put on the breastplate of righteousness as one of our weapons of spiritual warfare ?
Last night I tuned in to FEBC radio station and listened to my favorite radio program “Shepherd’s Voice” hosted by Brother Jurem Ramos. I listen to this program because it gives a sound and powerful exposition of God’s Word. I heard an excellent commentary regarding putting on the breastplate of righteousness.
According to Brother Jurem Ramos, one of the ways we put on the breastplate of righteousness is living our lives the pilgrim’s way. As Christians we must keep in our mind that we are just pilgrims here on earth. We must free our lives from the love of money and from the love of the material things the world offer.
We must constantly guard our hearts from greed and idolatry. We must learn to be content with anything we have. We must not focus our lives on pursuing worldly wealth.
We will still pursue excellence in work not for the primary purpose of gaining wealth but in order that God will be glorified in our lives. We must learn to live like Abraham . Although he was blessed with great riches, he remained detouched from all his possessions. He just live in tents for he is looking forward to a heavenly home.
For the love of wealth and the things of the world will lead us to many deadly snares that will destroy our lives and our faith..
Let us keep in our heart the instruction written in 2 Timothy 6:6-10:
“But godliness with contentment is a great gain . For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people eager for money have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
This truth of God’s Word is very evident in the lives of many men who aspired for wealth all their lives. Lets us learn from the example of a certain Jess Tibayan. Jess Tibayan was a thriving businessman from Las Pinas, Metro Manila. He has a wonderful family and a great religious fellowship. Aspiring to gather larger sum of money for his business , he adapted the “Ponzi Scheme” to enlarge his business enterprise.
“Ponzi Scheme” is a system in which the money invested by some investors are used to pay for the interests of the investments of other investors. It is a high yield high risk system.. “Ponzi Scheme” usually gives a high returns for money invested. So Mr. Jess Tibayan was able to gather many investors that provide him massive investment capital. He invested his client’s money to various business interprises, including high yield high risk investment schemes.
One day, his investments to high yield high risk investments collapsed.. Majority of his capital was invested here. What happened next? After that, he was not able to pay for the interesta of his investors. The checks he issued bounced back., He was at a total loss. He was charged with “syndicated estafa” in the Philippine court. Unaable to bear the consequences of criminal charges, he live as fugitive. Up to now, nobody knows his exact whereabout. His wife was brought to prison. His family and children were ruined.
To be delivered from our lives being ruined, we have to set our affection on heavenly things. Though we maybe blessed with great material things such as a beautiful house, our hearts must be completely detouched from our possessions.. We must consider ourselves as merely stewards here on earth. We must have the mind of Moses as it is written in Hebrews 11: 24-27 :
“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of a pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt , not fearing the king’s anger , he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.” .
Living the pilgrim’s way will shield us from the many fiery darts of the enemy. We must always live in the light of the Lord’s soon return..