I know there are some spiritual teachers out there that do not think we need protection and shielding however I have to say that I don’t necessarily agree.
I teach to put on the armor of God.
There has been some talk about “dropping all of your barriers and opening up to all that the universe has to offer” which sounds like an amazing thing, but what you have to remember is that if you’re open to ALL that the universe has to offer then that means you are opening yourself up to things that may not be in the light.
We are in a dualistic planet. There is light and dark. There are angels and demons. So while it may sound very freeing to open yourself to everything the universe has to offer you may want to reconsider that idea. When you drop your armor, that means anything can get in. And spirits can use trickery...put on your armor so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes.
I’ve talked about discernment and shielding in this youtube video:
The Armor of God
Ephesians 6:10-18New International Version (NIV)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For 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. 13 Therefore 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.
18 And 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 Lord’s people.