Grace Moments Devotions - April 17, 2018

Armed for battle
Diana Kerr

Have you ever witnessed the sport of paintball? In paintball, players try to eliminate opponents by shooting dye-filled capsules at each other with special paintball guns. Although paintball is supposed to be fun, I’ve heard that getting hit stings pretty badly.

Most people who paintball wear a layer of clothing to protect themselves. They know they’re entering a “war zone” and attack is imminent. They’d be foolish to show up without ample clothing to shield them from some of the paintballs’ sting.

Do you actively, consciously protect yourself from the devil’s attacks? Or do you venture into life’s war zone each day without considering how you’ll handle his flaming arrows? You know his attacks are coming, so there’s no reason not to be prepared. Ephesians urges us to “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” (6:16,17).

What exactly is that protection which softens the blow of the devil’s arrows? God’s Word, a strong prayer life, and supportive Christian friends, to name a few.

Just like a day spent on a paintball battlefield, you’re sure to face attack throughout your life. You will never be able to avoid Satan altogether, but you can prevent or at least minimize the impact of his attacks.

Don’t forget who and what will protect you.


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