by Ernest Easley

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Series: Shields Up for the New Year
Ernest L. Easley
Psalm 28:1-7

As we begin this new-year, we are facing threats all around us: cyber warfare, identity theft and terrorism to name a few. Security is down and gun sales are up! We've never seen days like this before in our history.

Recently after the terrorism in California that left 14 people dead, the President gave an address from the Oval Office trying to assure us that our government is working hard to keep us secure. Well, I have to tell you that after he finished, I didn't feel anymore secure and assured than I did before he spoke.

What we need and what our families need and what our churches need and what our nation needs for this new year is what King David discovered and declared in Psalm 28:7, ''The LORD is my strength and my shield!''

What we need is our shields up throughout this new-year! I grew up watching Star Trek on T.V. Every week, Captain James Tiberius Kirk and crew of the USS Enterprise, explored the galaxy and defended the United Federation of planets. They would go where no man had gone before.

Occasionally they would confront the evil Klingon's, which were out to destroy them. What made them extremely dangerous was that they had a cloaking device. When the cloaking device was engaged, it rendered their ship invisible. You cannot shoot what you cannot see!

The bad news for the Klingon's was that when the cloaking device was engaged, it drained such a large amount of power that they couldn't fire their weaponry or put up their shields or go into warp drive at the same time.

Their hope was by going invisible, that Captain Kirk would be caught with HIS shields down making them an easy target for their photon torpedo's, once their cloaking device was turned off.

The way Federation starships withstood attacks was by raising their deflector shields. Whenever the shields were down, they were vulnerable. Whenever the shields were up, th ...

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