For those of you who may not know this about me, allow me to inform you...

I am a Trekkie. 

That's right. I am a big fan of Star Trek, specifically The Next Generation series
 (but I do also love Deep Space Nine). 

Call me a geek if you will. That's fine. I'm not ashamed. ^^ 
I remember "watching" Star Trek with my dad when I was young, but I didn't really get into the show until a couple of summers ago when the new Star Trek movie came out. 
I liked the movie so much that my hubby decided to persuade me to watch the beginning episode of TNG with him. 
I was hooked. 

Now, almost 2 years later, we have watched our way almost through The Next Generation series. We have recently just started the very last season, season 7, and it is goooood. 

Episodes #4 and #5 of season 7 make up the two parts of an episode called "Gambit." 
I'll sum up the episode for you simply: the good guys are trying to prevent the bad guys from reassembling an ancient and powerful weapon which has the power to amplify aggressive thoughts and allows the possessor of said weapon to literally kill others with their mind. 

Very sci-fi-y, I know, but stick with me. 

At the climax of the episode the bad guys have been able to reassemble the weapon, which is called the Resonator, and have started killing people. The weapon is described as 3 ancient stone artifacts that, when assembled together properly, project powerful telepathic powers. 
The three pieces of the weapon show three different images: on the left the god of war, on the right the god of death, and in the middle the god of peace. 

So the bad guys have the weapon, they're killing people. But Captain Picard realizes the key to defeating this weapon just in time. He realizes that the god of peace stands in between death and war. He realizes that this weapon only amplifies aggressive and negative emotions. 

How often it is this way with us! Something frustrating or disappointing happens and we become flooded with negativity. The enemy sees his opportunity and pounces. 
Before we've even realized what's happened we are under heavy spiritual attack. 
All those negative thoughts have just been amplified onto ourselves and those around us.

Captain Picard is able to warn his crew right in the nick of time to release any aggressive or negative emotions from their minds so that when the weapon passes over them they are not killed. 

Isn't it just AMAZING that we have the real God of Peace standing in the gap for us? 
We can run to Him at the first sign of trouble and He is able to defeat the enemy. 
Every. Single. Time. 

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