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When my husband was in the academy, he struggled a lot. Even though he had always wanted to be a police officer, it was tough. He had moments of doubt in his own abilities, and he had moments where he had to ask God whether he really was where he was supposed to be.
To encourage him, I bought him a small set of scriptures (similar to this) and highlighted any that I thought would help him with a blue highlighter. I figured he could read them at the academy, then when he had his own car he could easily store them away since they were so compact.
It surprised me that there were so many verses that seemed to apply directly to law enforcement, and as I went through the pages and searched for them, I found more and more. This project was inspiring for me, and has been helpful for him.
He likes his separate “law enforcement” scriptures, where he can go to feel inspired about work.
But with that in mind, I wanted to share some of the scriptures I found!
Note that if you do the same thing, you’ll no doubt find scriptures that apply specifically to your husband/family. If you feel inclined to highlight it, do it!
Romans 13:1 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue which rises against you in judgement you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord.”
Proverbs 21:15 “When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”
Romans 13:4 “For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”
Psalm 144:1-2 “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle. He is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, and in whom I take refuge.”
John 15:13 “Greater love has no man than this, that he who lays down his life for his friends.”
John 15:18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. (I wrote more about this scripture a few months back!)
Proverbs 28:1 – The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Psalms 82:3-4 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Psalms 46:1 God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Therefore, take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and, having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.
Above all, take the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
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