Trek to the Manger (DQ8)

Trek to the Manger Ch 8One of the things I love most about how God made the world is the way He embedded deep truths inside of the human experience, so that we might discover Him simply by living our lives.

Chapter 8 proposes that there is a parallel between physical and spiritual self-defense, and that this should not surprise us. After all, God gives us armor to wear, which ought to be a sign that there is an enemy is on the prowl!

The tools we need to fight against a spiritual enemy are ours through the Word and the Spirit of God. Today, I’m wondering how being present and alert to your surroundings might serve as a means of spiritual self-defense?

And if you’ve ever taken a self-defense class, are there things you learned there that might benefit others – physically or spiritually?

Do tell!


3 thoughts on “Trek to the Manger (DQ8)

  1. Being present can be a wonderful present at times. I am on my second marriage, during a self doubt period after deciding to divorce my first husband, I was lying in bed crying out to God for help and guidance and am I doing the right thing and all that that comes with self-doubt. I distinctly remember feeling his arms come around me and hold me and comfort me and tell me I was doing the right thing and telling me that everything was going to be alright and just being they’re holding me. If I hadn’t been aware at that time I would not have felt that Comforts that I so desperately needed at that point

    That’s not really a self-defense but it sure is being aware of spiritualness around you. It is so difficult to be aware of the spiritual self defense as we go through our day today being aware takes effort and special brain power.

    • Years ago, the VBS motto for the week was “Keep Alert!” I feel your pain, here, Michelle. I know how difficult it is to pay attention to God when the circumstance you’re in screams “Listen to me!”

      Less brain-power, more Spirit-influence. Who He is trumps what I think and what I feel… PERIOD.

      Praying for you today, my sister! (BTW – thanks for the great hug at church today!)

  2. For me, being spiritually alert has meant paying attention to how God speaks to me. I am continuously amazed and how God gives me that one person (or five) that will say the most profound thing in the most simple way or the devotion that hits home just when I need to read it…and I can’t tell you the number of times that God has spoken to me through Klove!

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