Are you protected?

English: Mycenaean armor from Dendra - Commonl...

English: Mycenaean armor from Dendra – Commonly referred to as the Dendra Panoply (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Let me start this post by stating my position.  I am pro gun.  I started learning safe gun practices and marksmanship at around 5 years old with a BB gun.  I’m also a former Army MP and civilian police officer.

 

There’s a lot of talk these days about guns, self defense and everything that goes with this topic.  Actually, I was debating with myself this morning about which of my firearms would be best to defend myself and others if I’m not at home.

 

But then God offered me another thought.  Am I protecting myself from the true enemy?  Am I daily and continually arming myself with the “Whole Armor of God“?  I’m often reminded of this verse from Ephesians chapter 6:

 

10A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

 

13Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.15For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

 

18Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

 

 

     I keep a little soldier statue next to my reading chair that represents these verses.  Even with this as a reminder, I’m ashamed to admit that I often fail in putting on this armor every day.  Like many, I do a little devotional time, maybe, and then it’s off with my day.  I often give little thought to the threats I can’t see.  I’m fairly well prepared for human threats because of my background and current training upkeep.  But, it’s the more dangerous enemy that God has warned me about that I forget about.

 

 

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