Three Iron Nails

The king of Israel replied, “Tell him the one who puts on his battle gear should not boast like one who is taking it off.”

– 1 Kgs 20:11 NET

Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

– Eph 6:11 NET

Was I not girded for the battle-field?

Bore I not helm of pride and glittering sword?

Behold the fragments of my broken shield,

And lend to me Thy heavenly armor, Lord!

—ANON.

Oh, be at least able to say in that day,—Lord, I am no hero. I have been careless, cowardly, sometimes all but mutinous. Punishment I have deserved, I deny it not. But a traitor I have never been; a deserter I have never been. I have tried to fight on Thy side in Thy battle against evil. I have tried to do…

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