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The Limits of National Defense

In Canada we celebrate Remembrance Day each year on November 11th. It is a day set apart to remember especially those who fought and died to defend our nation against our enemies and our freedom against tyranny. Our military and the whole Department of National Defense exist just for that purpose.

There is, however, an evil enemy from which all of our branches of our military cannot defend us. That enemy is evil from within… An event that pictures the limits of human defense occurred October 22, 2014. This was a series of shootings that occurred on at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. At the Canadian National War Memorial, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a Canadian soldier and reservist on

ceremonial sentry duty was killed.

A strong place of defense is not just important to military forces. It is also crucial to those of us who face a spiritual battle on a daily basis. The Bible warns us that Satan is seeking to destroy everything Holy, and God’s Word commands us to “Resist stedfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:9). It is vital that we remember that we are not to fight Satan in our own strength. Instead we are offered the mighty protection of God’s power through His name.

As believers, we have the right to run to the presence of the Lord and seek His defence when we are attacked. We do not have to fight alone. Knowing that we can call on the name of the Lord for defence should give us confidence to face any situation.

But I will sing of thy power;

yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning:

for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee,

when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Ps 59:16 -17

For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever:

I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

Psalm 61:1-4

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