November 30, 2011
Today's Photograph . . . . Interesting Critter, Porcupine (NPS)
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. (NIV)
While out checking on grouse hunters early one Fall morning, I noticed some men standing around a pickup. In the back of the truck were a couple of bird dogs, each with a mouthful of porcupine quills. Some of the men were holding the dogs down while others were trying to pull out the quills. The dogs were pretty vocal about their displeasure over the whole ordeal.
When God made porcupines on the sixth day of creation, he equipped them with some pretty awesome armor. The porcupine can use that armor anytime he thinks danger is near.
Like the porcupine, God has given us His full armor that we can use in times of trouble. Even better than a coat of prickly spines, we are given the armor of Truth, Faith, Righteousness, Salvation, and the Word of God.
To receive God's full armor, we must know Gods truth--the truth will set us free (John 8:32). We need faith that comes from hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). We need righteousness, which comes from faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22).
With these, we will be able to stand firm in Christ in any situation.
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
If your dog happens to stumble into a porcupine and receives a few quills, you can remove them fairly easily:
- Take a pair of pliers and something to cover the dog's eyes;
- Grab the quill firmly and close to the skin;
- Give a pull and dislodge the quill.