Friday, December 11, 2009

PPE: Personal Protective Equipment:

My work involves some hazards. I work with some dangerous chemicals, gases, equipment and  graduate students. Some the materials  will burn the skin, attack bone, scar the lungs or explode. Hydroflouric acid is particularly bad as it does not hurt until it gets to the bone. You do not know you have it on you until its too late. While I have been exposed and breathed in much through the years on the whole I have been protected. PPE: Protects the worker from the hazard. From wearing a respirator so as not to breath in the lead fumes to chemical gloves they both offer protection if used properly.  Yet, with all the advances made accidents still to happen.  People get hurt. It usually happens from  not putting protection on or not following the right instructions.

What happens  when discouragement, loneliness, grief, temptation, and lust come my way?  When I start to long for a tempting sin. I dwell upon it thinking it will make me feel better. The path to heaven is a narrow one.. Sometimes, the thought comes to go away from the path. If I follow the rules at work and put on protection there why do I have problems following Gods instructions? God offers protection for His children but it requires something from me as well. There is a action needed on my part.

The Armor of God 
Eph 6:11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For 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. 13Therefore 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. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Help me Lord to take up this armor when self pity, loneliness, temptation, grief, and sin want to strike me. You have offered protection to me the sinner, the daughter, the barren and lonely one. I just need wear the armor You have provided.

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