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By William Ballard
Isaiah 59:17 - "For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke."
I believe that the above verse is the clothing or armor of that of a Christian writer. Every Christian writer should always clothe themselves in the following attire before they ever sit down to write:
Breastplate of Righteousness
You see, to me the Breastplate of Righteousness represents that of our passion. In others words, the passion for what we write must always be for righteousness and truth. Our heart must beat for truth and for His righteousness.
A breastplate covers and protects that of the heart. If truth and righteousness be secure and safe in our hearts, it, as well as ourselves, can never be killed.
There is a quote that goes like this: "Behind this mask is more than flesh but an idea, and ideas are bullet proof." I would like to reword that quote by saying, "Behind this breastplate is more than just a heartbeat of passion, but of truth, and truth can never be stopped."
Helmet of Salvation
The Helmet of Salvation upon our head represents the knowledge of what we write. In other words, we must know salvation like the back of our hand. In fact, did you know that the name Jesus actually means Jehovah Savior? He is our salvation, and the more we know Him the more we are saved.
In fact, the scripture said that there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved. Salvation cannot be found in no other person or in any other place. He is the lighthouse in our storm and the sanctuary from all that mean us harm.
And it is Him and His Word that protects us from the fiery darts (negative thoughts of doubt and fear) of the enemy. Another way of putting it is that we must put on the Mind of Christ before we ever sit down to write.
Garments of Vengeance
Now, the Garments of Vengeance is a tricky one. I don't want anyone to have any misunderstanding of what this means (or at least what it means to me). I want to make it perfectly clear that I don't believe we are to seek out opportunities for vengeance or wrath on anybody or person. This kind of vengeance is to be directed towards sin.
I am sure you have heard of the verse that speaks of the violent taking it by force, correct? Although, in the Old Testament, this did take some literal meaning because the Army of God (the People of God) would fight to bring an end to the enemy of God's people.
Today, however, it is more metaphorically interrupted because we fight the enemy of God through prayer and travailing rather than through war and killing. Now, we fight our wars in the prayer room. I believe that the Garments of Vengeance represents that of the wars and battles we face in the prayer room. In other words, when we sit down to write truth with a passion, we must be fully prayed up, and filled with the Holy Ghost.
Zeal as a Cloke or Cloak
The word zeal means an eager desire or enthusiastic diligence. You can even think of it as a hyper sense of passion. However, the word cloak means a garment that is used to conceal or cover up. And in Bible days, this cloak was a garment that was very itchy and uncomfortable. In fact, people wore them as a sign of repentance. You can think of it as like a form or disciplinary action for committing sin or some type of wrong.
Here is the question: Why would this scripture say to wear zeal like a cloak? If zeal is a hyper sense of passion and a cloak is a sign of repentance, what does it mean to put them together? How do you wear passion as a sign of repentance?
I think the best way to answer that question would be to articulate it by painting the image of the Crucifixion in your mind. You see, God giving us His Son and Him being sent to the cross is both a sign of God's passion and love towards you and me, as well as a sign of repentance so that humanity may be saved.
You see, Jesus knew what He was sent here to do and He would never let anything get in His way. That was the zeal and passion He had. He had a purpose and a goal, and He was dedicated to it. And, obviously, dyeing on the cross would be very uncomfortable, but it was something that He knew He had to do, and wanted to do.
Now, as a Christian writer, we are to write truth in love and with a passion, and sometimes that means what we write will be uncomfortable. Just like when a preacher steps behind a pulpit and is called to preach the truth, that message may not be accepted by everyone in that congregation. It can be very uncomfortable to the preacher as well as those that don't want to hear the truth. The same goes for us as Christian writers. We must write what God tells us to write.
Now Over to You...
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About the Author
William Ballard is the proud author of, "The True Writer's Life: Discovering the Author and Finisher of Our Faith" He has been writing professionally for over 10+ years and has much experience within the industry, both in publishing and in freelance writing. He has successfully self-published over 10 books and eBooks. Visit his Amazon Author Page to see list of his most recent projects.