Locking Shields

“How have you been?” She asked innocently.

Then, I told her.

“Well, the Lord has been working on me to conform me to His image. Tom and I have been married for 30 years and right after Christmas, we realized that even though we like and love each other, our marriage still needs work. I needed work.”

My friend was stunned.

“I guess I realized that just because we’ve been married a long time, doesn’t mean there aren’t sin areas.” I caught my breath. Might as well tell all.

“Like controlling. I hadn’t realized how much I tried to control my husband and my children. The Lord has been convicting me about that. It’s an unbelief issue. I just need to trust. I know I can’t move on in my walk with Christ if I don’t trust Him.”

“I don’t want to be like Rebecca who knew God’s will was to bless Jacob and instead of trusting God to work things out, she ran ahead of him and deceived Isaac. She never saw her son again.”

“I don’t want something like that to happen to me.”

My friend who just asked a passing “how are you?” at a wedding shower, received an earful.

Tears filled her eyes. “Thanks, Pauline. I needed to hear that.”

As Christians, why are we afraid to be honest with our brothers and sisters in Christ? James says to confess our sins to one another. Not details. Not gossip. It’s called transparency. It accomplishes much.

It humbles us. It encourages others that they are not the only ones who struggle. It encourages us both that God is sovereign and still working on all of us to conform us to the image of His Son.

Just last week, family friends of ours were struggling with a heart-breaking issue. They called and asked for prayer. I prayed. I received permission to share their request with close friends and other prayer warriors.

We all prayed. And God worked mightily. They were able to have agape love in a difficult situation, and share the gospel with an unsaved man. Amazing.

A few weeks ago, I studied the armor of God in Ephesians 6. The Bible Study Fellowship leader spoke about some specifics. “We need to lock shields with other believers in prayer. We’re not fighting against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers. We need each other.”

We do.

It’s not airing our dirty laundry. We’re family, it’s okay.

Is there someone you can lock shields with today? Perhaps I can lock shields with you, friend.

Let me know. In the meantime, no matter what, pray. It changes things.

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