Day 152 – False Protection
On: April 1, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armour in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Luke 11:21-23

One of the principles behind these reflections is that they are my understanding, not a regurgitation of someone else’s analysis. Today, though, is one of those days when I’m itching to reach for a commentary and see if it can bring clarity to what Jesus is getting at here. But I’m sitting on a train as I write, so I can’t!

Where I’m led is that there is physical armour and spiritual armour. Physical armour is fine whilst it holds, but there will always be someone bigger, stronger, cleverer who will render me defenceless. This might include mental armour where I always try to think positive and power through problems. Same principal applies though: there will always be situations that leave me undone. Beware of relying on false protection.

The apostle Paul urges us to put on a different armour, one that will enable us to stand, whatever comes our way. Here he is: “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:10-13

Listen up: if I would but realise it, my real struggle in life is not with people or situations, but against spiritual powers that work, unseen, around and within me. If I get a handle on this, I can give myself real protection that will last, by putting on the full armour of God, which Paul goes on to list and explain.

Am I on the right track? I think I may be, as Paul’s words start with “Be strong in The Lord …” and Jesus continues: “Whoever is not with me is against me …” There are two clear paths; the way of the world and, once again, in the footsteps of the King. Try and follow both, and you’ll end up on neither.

Prayer:

Father God, dare I forsake the multitude of protective measures the world looks to, and place my security in Your hands? Help me to trust You and believe that the armour You provide is not just adequate, but will give me the only true and lasting safety. Amen

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