I once visited the emergency room in the middle of the night when a member of our church had suffered a motorcycle accident. He had been going almost one hundred miles per hour and his survival was called a miracle by the doctors. What saved him, humanly speaking? He had invested in an $800 helmet. He suffered injuries all over his body, but his head was okay.
Believing that victory is possible is the first step in achieving it. And for those who believe in Jesus, victory is not only possible, it’s certain. And the confidence that victory is certain is our greatest defense against the enemy who would seek to destroy us. Or as Paul put it…
Mama says they was magic shoes. They could take me anywhere. – Forrest Gump
Warfare always requires walking. And often, it requires running. Either way, good shoes are essential.
If you’re in enough battles, you’ll eventually suffer injuries, so you learn early on to protect the head and the heart as much as possible. In our spiritual battles protecting the heart is less about avoiding emotional pain (which we can’t do if we’re going to counsel and serve hurting people) and more about avoiding unrighteousness, or to put it positively the way Paul did,