Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Best Defense A Strong Offense

The great defense against the air menace is to attack the enemy's aircraft as near as possible to their point of departure.  -Winston Churchill

Whether we realize it or not, we never stop fighting spiritual warfare.  We already know to defend ourselves against the enemy’s attacks in the bad times of the valley, perhaps by seeking God in prayer and connecting with other Christians.  However, we also need to be on guard in the mountain top moments where all is going good.  The enemy comes to kill courage, steal joy and destroy dignity.  Maybe you get a pay raise but fail to be generous, or get attention from the wrong girl, or at the Christmas party you get a little looser with your tongue. The best defense is a strong offense: “I’m not going to be greedy”—or, “I don’t trust myself with her”—or, “life and death lie in the power of the tongue.”  In this time like any we must put on the whole armor of God.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:14-16, NIV).  

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