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Spiritual Protection > Physical Protection

Spiritual Protection

 

 

Every man out there wants to be the protective guy. Let’s face it, we’ve all said at one point or another that we would protect our family if anybody tried to hurt them, as we should. But how often do we focus on physically protecting our family so much that we forget the importance of spiritually protecting them as well?

I truly believe that as a man, you are responsible to protect your family spiritually more than anything else. As much as we don’t like to admit it, which is ultimately more important? Let’s face it, not everything is in our control. Okay, pretty much nothing is in our control. God has His OWN plan. In the horrible and unfortunate circumstances that you lose a loved one, wouldn’t you want to know that you did everything in your power to keep them spiritually safe, and truly believe that they had a relationship with Jesus? In my opinion, spiritual protection can be achieved through (4) key directives…

 

1.)   Be Mindful of what you allow into your home

2.)   Stay in prayer for and with one another

3.)   Bathe your family with the Word

4.)  Set the example in love

 

1.) Be Mindful of What you Allow Into your Home

 Just as you can welcome Jesus into your home, you can do the same with evil. As the man of the house, this should break your heart.  In 2 John 1:7-11, John teaches us to never allow an antichrist into your home, and antichrists come in many forms. An antichrist can be defined as any opposing force against Christ. Let me elaborate. How often does the music we listen to promote anger? How often do the movies we watch promote lust? How often does the gossip we discuss at the dinner table promote slander? These are not things that Jesus would promote, so why should we. I understand that we as adults can distinguish between good and evil, but when you break it down to its essence, is there ANY reason you should really watch a movie that you wouldn’t allow your children to watch? A rule of thumb that my wife and I have adopted from some great friends is that we always check the parental advisory for a new movie before we watch it. Disagree all you want, but I can promise you that removing as much evil from our home as possible has played a substantial role in bettering our life.

 

2.) Stay in Prayer for One Another

 Pray for one another that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power.” – James 5:16

This is just one excerpt from the Bible, but I assure you that the power of prayer is covered very thoroughly throughout the Word. It is made extremely clear that prayer is not only powerful but important and beautiful as well. If we learn in Matthew 5:44 that we should pray for our ENEMIES that they may be saved, do you not think it is important to pray for our loved ones as well? Prayer is never the wrong answer. If Stormie can write an entire line of books on praying for each other, I assure you there is just cause. Because it is THAT important.

 

3.) Bathe your Family in the Word

 In Ephesians 5:26 we are instructed to cleanse each other with the Word of God. Here is an example. When a loved one has a rough day at work and comes to you for comfort, please do not fill their head with worldly advice. Open your bibles together. I promise that no harm will ever come from opening the 66-book love letter that God gave us. The answers are there, not in the world. When you point some one to the world instead of the Word, you are causing harm and nothing more.

 

4.) Set the Example in Love

 551. That is how many times the word love is used in the Bible (NIV).  Love above all else. If you continuously show your family every day that you LOVE each and every person you run into, then there should be no room for hate in your family. When somebody is rude to you, love them. When somebody cuts you off on the highway, love them. When your food order is wrong, love them. Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.  Through setting the example in love, you can show your family what they should be spreading into the world. Don’t let it stop out there, either. Bring the love into your home.  By setting the example on how to love unconditionally, we can keep each other from adopting how to hate. Set the example on how to talk to each other. How to treat each other. How to put one another before ourselves. Set the example as Jesus did for us.

 

In closing I will say this. You can be big. You can be tough. You can be scary. None if it matters, though, if you can’t protect your family in the way that it matters most, which is spiritual protection. If you can’t figure out what is going wrong under your roof, I strongly encourage you to take a step back and analyze what you are letting IN to your home, so you can kick it OUT as soon as possible. The choice is yours, But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

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Christian Tattoos – 1*1* SIX – UNASHAMED  Photo-on-7-19-13-at-12.10-AM
My tattoo is of the logo for Lecrae’s ( Christian Rapper) rap group who are signed to Reach Records. The group is named after the Bible verse Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes….” I chose to get this tattooed because it looks cool and i am very much so unashamed to tell people about God and what He has done for me. Whether im at work or just hanging out with friends i like to express how much God is of importance to my life and who I am today. So when you hear someone yell out ” ONE – ONE – SIX!” you now know what it means and what it stands for if you didnt already know. Thanks for reading!

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Photo Credit: Eddie

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Christian Tattoos – Hand of Christ20130719_192054
When my dad was diagnosed with leukemia he was not big into god. Neither of my parents were. He was going to have a bone marrow transplant and was quite nervous about it… it was a couple days before the transplant and he was getting ready to go to the University of Minnesota for the procedure and he called me . I was babysitting my nephew at the time at my brothers house( i have no idea how he found me there) he was all excited and said “karla i had an experience last night” i asked him to tell me about it and he said that he was laying in bed and he seen the hand of christ come through his ceiling…. need less to say i was shocked … he didnt ever acknowledge god and for him to make this up he just never would of! I told him that it was nothing short of amazing and also said that god was reassuring him that everything was going to be ok and not to worry he was watching over him. I asked him why he told me and he said that i was the only one who would believe him cause he knows i love love love god.long story short my dad did so well the whole time in the hospital the doctors and nurses could not believe how easy it was on him and the spirit he stayed in the whole time. AMAZING…. the bone marrow transplant lasted 5 years….. he is now at peace with god in heaven. He died in 2000. We miss him terribly but to know he believed in god before he died was enough for me…….. we love you dad……god is such a huge part of my life now even bigger than before… i am getting another tattoo that says follower of christ or prisoner of christ soon. I see him work in my life daily and would never ever consider not loving him as much as i do. I would be so lost.

Photo Credit: karla

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Christian Tattoos – Free Indeed  1004727_607494585949596_1642027378_n1
I got this tattoo on the 16th anniversary date of having an abortion. Since coming to forgiveness in Christ, I knew I was set free. Yet 8 years of praying to conceive a child with my godly husband with no success, I often flew back in the cage of condemnation. Then during private study my Lord questioned me about what I was choosing to believe. Did I truly believe He had 100% forgiven me? Or did I choose to believe the lie that He must be holding out on me b/c I’m the ONE person who He still wants to punish? He showed me that He set me free to STAY FREE! Later after leaving the tattoo shop, I found out I was 5 weeks pregnant.
I wasn’t in SHOCK because I believed God always COULD…I was in AWE because He DID!(And praise Him for no infections from being tattooed when I had no idea I was pregnant, as I had irregular cycle and again, 8 years of trying…was the last thing on my mind.) I included that for anyone tempted of judging what my ONLY Judge does not. Thank you for hearing my story about His glory.

Photo Credit: Jodee

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Christian Tattoos – Triquetra with verse Ephesians 2:8  triquetra
Triquetra with verse Ephesians 2:8: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

Triquetra is for me symbol of unity of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And the verse explains good news what I want to tell the World. I chose the visible place on my hand since I don’t want to hide it and I like when people are asking me what does that mean so I can share my testimony and we can speak about God.

Photo Credit: Hartak

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Christian Tattoos – God’s Heart for the World   image1
As a lover of all things Jesus, unique, and worldly this tattoo came after a mission trip to India. My eyes were drastically opened to the agape love of Christ! How He is in every corner of every nation, regardless if they know of Him or not! He lives in so many hearts and the world and the people of the world are His children, and His masterpiece! To go and make disciples of every nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! Matthew 28:19 :) I never thought that a trip freshman year of college would change the course for the rest of my life! Praying for Gods will for me; in missions and elementary teaching! His love is wider than the seas, deeper than the cores of hearts, and open to a world that desperately needs Him and only Him :)

Photo Credit: Victoria