If I was asked to play a game of football with a pro team, I know I wouldn’t just throw on some shoulder pads and jump right in.

Do you think it would be safe with just a helmet? How about just putting on some shin guards? Absolutely not! You wouldn’t last very long. You would be in severe pain and you would have broken bones, especially if a 6 foot 4, 260 lb linebacker, like say Brian Urlacher, just ran you over. Even in Pop Warner games, the kids are fully geared up. So I think it is safe to say being fully geared up for tackle football is a wise idea? Would you want to see what happens if you played without gear?

Every single piece of padding and protection has its purpose. The helmet protects the head. The shoulder pads guard the shoulders, collarbones, chest and back of a player, and so on. Every necessary garment is designed to protect what it is covering. Protective gear is also designed to protect for defensive and offensive purposes. So whether you are tackling someone or getting tackled, you are shielded and protected. From your helmet down to your cleats, which, by the way, give very good traction on the playing field, to maneuver in and out of the traffic of players trying to take you down.

Too bad in this game of life, there aren’t any referees to call us out when we go out of bounds or do something against the rules. And if there were, a five yard penalty would be a walk in the park. However, there is a way to gear up for it. There is a way to protect ourselves from falling. To protect ourselves against a day where we may be tempted to use. A day where we may have a trigger. A day where we are just plain weak, mentally and physically.

We can get protection by putting on the Full Armor of God.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Ephesians 6:11-18

We are capable of standing our ground. We are capable of defending ourselves. We are even capable of using our offense, and overcoming. Swords are not for looks. They are for protecting and striking. When we feel like we are being attacked, we should pray and use the Word of God to strike against the devil’s schemes, the powers we can not see. There are many voices that can lead us astray. Many temptations. Addiction attacks from all angles. Addiction has no rules. Addiction cheats. So make sure you are fully equipped to fend off the many ways in which addiction strikes. Most importantly, have faith. With faith we can extinguish ALL the flaming arrows of the evil one!

Addicts: You can get your Full Armor of God for free. Read your bible and learn. Further your education. Surround yourself with others who are trying to better their life. Listen to others who have made it through the storm. Ask questions. Search the Truth. Seek. Listen to others who are no longer slaves to addiction, they will have the best advice!

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