"Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; defend me from them that rise up against me." Psalm 59:1
Yes, Lord, deliver us from our enemies, whether visible or invisible. Surround us with your shield, and the darts of the enemy will not touch us. Be a fence around your people and deliver us from the evil one. Let your Word be our sword and teach us to use it when under attack. We know that the adversity walks about roaring like a lion, seeking those he may devour. -1 peter 5:8- But you Lord are a shield around me!
Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12
"But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high." Psalm 3:3
As soldiers of the army of God, we live under the authority of our Commander; like the Marines, we are the first ones out for battle. We must always be ready to respond to the call and engage in combat with the armor ALL ON and in high alert. For we are not fighting flesh and blood -people- but against the evil kings of the INVISIBLE world. "Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm". Ephesian 6:13"
If we are to be victorious, we must clothe ourselves with the power of God through constant prayer, reading and meditating on His word, fasting, and the consecrating of ourselves.
It helps to remember that while being tempted in the wilderness, Jesus repeatedly said: "IT IS WRITTEN". Do we know what is written in the word? Are we Marines in high alert dressed with the armor of God* ready to withstand the attacks of the enemy?
May we watch and pray at all times, being awake, sober, and vigilant, standing in our post like watchmen wait for the morning.
The Armor of God*
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor 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 armor 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. 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 6:10-17
These reflections are written by my mom, then translated and edited by me. But, sometimes, God changes the whole thing. 😊
Thank you mom, for being such a dedicated servant of Christ, and for the example of faith you show us each and every day.