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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)

TITLE: Armed and Dangerous
By Donna Wilcher


The quality or state of being strong; the capacity for exertion and endurance.
The ability to resist attack or a force; while remaining solid, tough, and unmovable Ė (Websterís Dictionary)

Relying on anything in todayís chaotic world, is like trying to hit the bulls-eye on a moving target or stand upright on sinking sand.

The truth is, none of us, in and of ourselves, have any real degree of strength when our lives come crashing down around us, do we? Nevertheless, as children of the Most High God, we have access to His strength and His power.

We have an enemy who has come to steal, kill and destroy our lives, but we can be armed and dangerous if we rely on the weapons we have in our spiritual armors.

If we put on the whole Armor of God; the Belt of Truth; found only in Godís word, the Breastplate of Righteousness, that is only found in what Jesus did on the cross, the Gospel of Peace, because we have peace with God through Christ, we now have the joy of sharing that peace with others. We must put on the Shield of Faith, which quenches and destroys all the fiery darts of unbelief; our faith can move all the mountains of destruction out of our lives. Our Helmet of Salvation, gives us confidence that we are, and will always be, children of the Most High God. We have been given the Sword of the Spirit; Godís word, with which we can slice through the enemies deceptions, and walk free in the truth. Our prayers, offered as we confidently and boldly approach God throne with, will avail much.

Armed with these weapons and this armor assures us we are strong and have the capacity to endure any and all this world and itís chaos can cause, to be vanquished. We can attack with force our enemy; remain solid, tough, and unmovable in the face of any trick, ploy, test, trial, or tribulation the enemy tries to defeat us with.

Put on the whole Armor of God today, and you will see your enemies flee before you.

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C D Swanson 04/20/12
Great job with the topic. Beautiful and powerful devotional that resonates truth.

Wonderful. God Bless~
Lillian Rhoades 04/20/12
Great opening hook! A bit of editing needed, and a closer tie in to topic, but the message was crystal clear.
Melinda Melton 04/22/12
This was a wonderful devotional and one that I say almost everyday.

While it was a message about faith and strenth, I'm not sure it was on topic. However, this is one that I could read over and over.

I look forward to reading more of your work. God Bless.
Graham Insley04/22/12
The opening statement got me in and kept me in. Perhaps a little polishing would have made it much better and something to make a clearer relationship with the topic.

Good job and I enjoyed the read.
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/22/12
You've given us a good message to think about and a challenge to strive for.
Allison Egley 04/22/12
Nice job.

Generally speaking, if you're going to do a devotional, you need to give us something new, and not just repeat what has already been said.

There are some great reminders of truth here, though. Nice job.
Amanda Brogan04/23/12
Awesome job. Nice reminder that we can't survive in this crazy world without God to shield us. Love your opening paragraph!
Allen Povenmire 04/25/12
All good truths told here. A personal illustration of each area would have made the article even stronger. Well done and beneficial for the reader.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/25/12
This is a creative, fresh take on the topic. I admire you for pushing on to enter even if you don't have an idea right away. You never know how God will use your words to touch others.

The main thing I had trouble with in this piece was that super long middle paragraph. I think the points you were making were quite clever. Perhaps if you had given an example of the weapons and how to use it, it might have broken that paragraph down into several smaller ones that wouldn't feel so overwhelming.

I think you had a nice solid beginning and end. You also presented views to make one think and that's always a plus. Keep writing and know God will use your words to his glory.
Margaret Kearley 05/01/12
Thankyou Donna for this wonderful reminder today of all that God has made available for His much loved children in Christ. Precious.