Armed and Dangerous

I never thought of myself as being armed and dangerous until I heard one little lady’s story.  Alma came home one night to find a man burglarizing her tiny apartment.  Startled, the 82-year-old woman automatically did what she always did when confronting a problem, whether it be a traffic jam, a faulty faucet or an unexpectedly high bill in the mail, she quoted the first Biblical text to pop into her mind as she dialed 911.  At the sight of the intruder, she shouted, “Acts 2:38.  ‘Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and He shall give you the gift of the Holy Ghost.'” (KJV)

A nearby patrol car got the call and the officers rushed into the building.  When the policemen burst through the front door of the apartment, they found the thief, his face to the wall and his hands over his head.  As they handcuffed him one of the officers asked the miscriant why he didn’t flee simply the scene.  The burglar replied, “Are you kidding?  The old lady had an ax and two 38s aimed at me!”

Was Alma’s choice of a text in her time of fear so far fetched?  2Timothy 3:16 NIV says, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”  She used the verse for rebuking.  As to whether all the facts in the story are  accurate, I can’t tell you; but I can assure you the essence of the story is true.  In times of trouble, the Holy Spirit can only bring into my mind the verses I’ve stored therein.  No more; no less.

People talk about Constitutional rights to own fire arms.  I don’t need a license or training on the use of these manmade weapons.  If  I want a sure-bet protection it’s time I get armed and dangerous in the Word.  I haven’t a clue when I may need to draw my big guns, and maybe an axe or two.

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One Response to Armed and Dangerous

  1. Dorothy L. Ellis says:

    I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blogs. Because I don’t drive anymore I don’t get to church very often and the blogs are a great inspiration to me. Also wanted to tell you that my son, Brad, passed away on July 5. His memorial service will be at Rockwood Church on July 28. He and Karen really enjoyed your friendship ;and help with their writing. He had gallbladder and liver cancer; He put up a good fight but towards the end his body filled with fluid and he had trouble breathing. We all miss him but at least he is not suffering and we are all waiting for Jesus to give us a new home and body.

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