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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Achoo (04/11/13)

TITLE: Our Defense System
By Janet Kelly
04/17/13


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OUR DEFENSE SYSTEM



The human body has many defense mechanisms in place to keep it safe from things that should not be there.
When my daughter was small she put a pencil up her nose and the eraser broke off and lodged in her nostril. I could not reach it for fear of pushing it even further in. It looked like we would be making a trip to the ER for some help. But before that happened she suddenly started sneezing, achoo, achoo, achoo and the eraser flew across the room. The body had done its job and expelled what should not be there.

As Christians we have a defense system to keep us from making decisions that could be harmful to us, things that we do not need to do. We have all seen the cartoon drawings of someone trying to make a decision of what to do and there is an angel sitting on one shoulder and the devil sitting on the other. Each one is whispering their appropriate stand. “You really should do this”, or “No, do not do this”. We must choose which voice to listen to.

God however, in His infinite wisdom made a way that is much more effective for us to gauge our decisions . He has given us the Holy Spirit. John 16:13 says “However, when He the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth;..(NKJV)
Romans 8:14 also says”For as many as are led by the Spirit of God...” (NKJV)

In addition the Holy Spirit also leads us to understand the Bible. He is the One who guides us and helps us to comprehend what the Bible is trying to say to us..There is a passage in I Corinthians 2 that explains how the Holy Spirit has revealed the things of God to us. Verse 13 of this chapter says,
“These things we also speak,not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (NKJV)

The Holy Spirit also leads us to salvation. John 16:8 says “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of judgment.” (NKJV).

We could spend much time discussing the attributes of the Holy Spirit and the work that He does as our Defense System. He will direct us toward right and divert us from wrong if we will listen and obey His word. The Holy Spirit is how God speaks to us. May we listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and let “His” direction be the guiding force in our lives.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/19/13
This is a really nice devotional. I truly enjoyed and could relate to the eraser in the nose part.

I noticed you had some punctuation errors, like if however is used in the middle of the sentence, commas go before and after the word. Also, the punctuation goes inside the quotation marks. You may want to get a reference book like Strunk and White's Element of Style.

It's a great book and I hope you plan to keep on writing and will use something like that because you do have a knack for writing devotions. It was a great length, the Bible verses matched your point and your message is a universal one. You did a fine job and I enjoyed it.
Joanne Sher 04/23/13
Really good devotional. Enjoyed the story and lesson.
Judith Gayle Smith04/24/13
Most excellent!