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The best defense is a good…defense

August 18, 2012

In Ephesians (see chapter 6) the Apostle Paul says “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”  He goes on to say that in doing so, “ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”  Paul is talking about defending yourself against both evil acts and evil thoughts, but especially against evil thoughts.  He tells us that we’re not wrestling against flesh and blood – that means it’s not people we’re defending ourselves against.  It’s all the thoughts, motives, and intents that are swirling around in the collective consciousness.

Mary Baker Eddy confirms this when she writes: “Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one’s belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence.”  (see Science and Health, page 234)  Virtue and truth are thought choices that serve as armor.  The more these and similar conclusions fill thought, the more defended you are.

The Psalmist (see 7:10) agreed when he wrote: “My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.”  But God doesn’t stop there.  Not only does He defend those who have already chosen more healthy and holy thoughts, He actually provides those higher, holier mental viewpoints.  Proverbs 16 says, “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

The bottom line is that the best armor comes directly from God and nothing harmful can penetrate it.

Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link.  If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.

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