You Make me Brave

IMG_9525

Romans 6:14       …with the breastplate of righteousness in place

The breastplate of righteousness is perhaps my favorite part of The Armor of God. Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

I grew up in a broken home. My parents struggled in their marriage. My mom was hurt by something great yet unspoken and unhealed. As a result she was suspicious of my intentions toward her. Her broken heart caused her to push me away and created a void in my heart and in our home. As a child I desperately wanted her love and approval. Even though she did love me, her pain caused her to constantly question my intentions toward her. Because she didn’t trust me she couldn’t enter into an intimate relationship with me. Intimacy is only possible if we are able to be vulnerable with each other. Vulnerability requires risk and when we are afraid of being hurt we tend to pull back and not risk. For much of my childhood the pain of my mother’s accusations and suspicions caused a heavy burden as I strived to prove to her I loved her and cared about her pain. One day when I was around 9 or 10 I remember praying and asking the Lord why she thought such horrible things about my motives toward her. I heard God’s voice speak gently to my spirit, “It’s okay, I see your heart”. I felt the peace of God wash over me. Knowing He knew my heart helped ease the burden and it gave me the courage to keep going and keep working towards the goal of having an intimate relationship with my mom (1 Corinthians 13: 7).

Jesus is our righteousness. He is perfect and right in all that He does. As we put our trust in Him, His righteousness comes and cover our hearts. When we are afraid we can either pull back and live small “safe” lives or we can put on the breastplate of righteousness and live bold, love-centered lives. Jesus assures us that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:31-39).

He sees us, He knows us, He’s got us, He gets the final word, He makes us brave.

When my kids were old enough to get their feelings hurt, I felt a deep ache in my own heart as it reminded me of my childhood pain. My desire was that they never feel that type of pain. As I went to the Lord in prayer (worry) about it, His Spirit reminded me again that He is able to cover them in the same way He covered me and to pray in that way. Psalms 91:4. I needed to teach them to risk and trust. To be venerable and to know the One who will never fail them. When we bring our children up in The Lord, we cover their hearts with His righteousness. We teach them to be brave.

IMG_9496

Prayer Points:

1)     Thank Jesus for His righteousness and what He has made available to us.

2)    Ask the Lord to help you teach your children to trust in Him.

3)    Pray for any hurt in your family that needs healed and trust that He is able to make His grace abound in your home and hearts.

Prayer – Breastplate of Righteousness

Lord help me to fully trust in you. Help me to choose daily to believe that you love me and nothing can separate me from your love. (Romans 8:31) From that place of assurance help me to teach my children to trust you. May your righteousness guard their hearts. Make them brave. Help them to live bold lives of love in a broken world. Show them they are strong in you. Help them to not pull back when life gets hard, but teach them to remind themselves who’s got them. You’ve got them! Amen.

John 14:27 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Subscribe to Fireflies by Email