Friday, October 4, 2013

October 4, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . Like The Porcupine When Threatened We Can Use The Armor of God (JD) 
Bible Study Verse
Ephesians 6:10-11
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. (NASB)
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. 
(Ron T)

Action Point
To utilize God's full armor:
  • We must know God's 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 our 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 with a pair of pliers:
  • Cover the dog's eyes with something. 
  • Grab the quill firmly and close to the skin. 
  • Give a pull and dislodge the quill.
If there are a large number of quills or some deep in the mouth, call your veterinarian.