I am... An Advocate| Week 2: DEFEND
The first lesson of most forms of fighting styles is how to protect yourself from attacks. It does not matter how hard you can hit or how quick you are, if you cannot protect yourself from attacks. Logically, if you can’t defend yourself, how are you going to defend others against attacks? Like the old saying says “The best offence is a good defense.”
In the book of Ephesians, Paul challenges us to put on the Armor of God. Now, one thing that is interesting about what is mentioned here is that most of the Armor is for defensive purposes only. The only offensive weapon is the sword (well, the belt too if you want to get technical), while everything else is meant to keep us from harm. This armor is to protect us WHEN attacks come, not IF. Attacks will come and we must be ready.
This defensive armor, is not just for our benefit. In Paul’s time, the armor soldiers wore was to be used as part of a company defense. Meaning, it was not designed for one on one battles but to rely on groups of soldiers fighting together protecting each other’s weak points and attacking simultaneously. This is how the Romans won so many battles and controlled the world for over a thousand years. Soldiers defending each other and fighting together.
We can become effective advocates when We learn to defend others and by relying on our crews to defend our weak points while we defend theirs from the attacks . All of us defending each other as a unit and with God’s power, can withstand any attack the enemy can muster. Being an advocate means we don’t just defend ourselves, but we intentionally defend all others around us.
Read and underline the verses on below in your Bible. Write any verses that jump out at you on some paper or a journal, so you don’t forget them.
Read and underline the verses on the following page in your Bible.
1 Peter 5:8 ESV
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 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. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
In your opinion, what would make you a more effective advocate in your Crew?
Were there any words that jumped out at you from the scriptures you read?
What would change if you fully realized that God not only wants you to defend your self, but to defend others as well?
Take a few moments to reflect and thank God for providing advocates on your behalf and for giving you the honor to defend others.
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