Do you walk in security? Okay, maybe security is a vague word, how about, do you walk daily in confidence of yourself? What’s the first thing that crossed your mind when thinking about that question? If you are a regular reader of our blog, you might have thought in regards to keeping yourself and your flock safe, which is great if that’s what first crossed your mind! There’s no wrong answer. We’ll come back to that thought shortly…
Beyond learning and training together about self-protection, Jamie and I also work through daily devotions together to lift each other up and ensure that we stay sharp and strong in His word and our faith, as Proverbs 23:17 commands “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (NIV). We work through topics that are relevant to one or both of us to improve ourselves. The latest topic we have gone through together is about insecurity. Am I good enough (fill in the blank)… I would guess that many of you ladies struggle with insecurity currently or have struggled with insecurity at some point in your life. It is a daily struggle for me personally.
Today’s devotion really struck a chord with me and put things in perspective that correlates our insecurity with self-protection. It focused on the Armor of God passage in Ephesians 6:10-20. If you are not familiar with the passage, take time to read the passage now before moving on. I know it’s long, but bear with me…
How do you feel when you are insecure in yourself? Do you walk in confidence around your family and friends or in public, or do you walk like you want to go unseen, not noticing others and hoping they won’t notice you? Insecurity is the devil’s snare. If we are not standing strong and confident in ourselves (because that’s how God sees us), Satan takes the opportunity to take hold of the insecurity we are grasping onto and grow it. Do you ever notice if you are insecure, how your mind can continue to build that doubt and discouragement into epic proportions? When that happens, we are pushing God and how He values us further away. God commands us to protect ourselves with His armor (verses 14 – 18), and that it must be “daily attire” for us. Each morning we need to consciously prepare ourselves for battle because we do not know when we will encounter doubt, and the devil is ALWAYS prepared for when that happens and will take advantage of us when it does if we don’t have God’s armor on and Him in focus.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13 (NIV)
So back to walking in confidence… We may sound like a broken record by talking about being aware of your situation and being prepared for protecting yourself from being a victim of a crime, but it’s a similar struggle we face daily. We stress to our students to walk confidently as predators typically do not prey on people who outwardly display confidence. Don’t stumble by having your head down looking at your phone or being in the zone focusing on a specific task in public. There is no shame in walking with your head up, with a purpose, looking people in the eye and intentionally people watching. It needs to be a conscious, daily decision to put on our “armor” when it comes to self-protection. When we let our guard down we become easy prey for criminals, just as if we turn our eyes from God, we become easy prey for Satan in our insecurity.
Shepherdess, you are fearfully and wonderfully made just as Psalm 139:14 states. He knitted our very being together. God wants us to be strong in the face of evil, whether it is allowing Satan to control our thoughts and feelings about ourself, or if it’s protecting ourselves against the physical evil of this world. His strength is never ending, and if we trust Him and guard ourselves with His armor, tapping into His supply of strength, we can rest in His confidence and reflect the confidence He has in ourselves to others!