God has given us our Uniform for Battle.. It is simply described as the Armor of God. A Uniform of Armor not only identifies who you are… In Conduct and Allegiance but, it also equips you to DEFEND IT and Protect you from the enemies who want to Destroy you. In Ephesians Chapter 6 we find the clear description of each piece of that Armor….How it is to be properly used.. and what it protects you from. In passages 6-16 we see an emphasis on certain parts of that Armor… ” 6:16-17 16 Above all, taking the shield of FAITH, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the WORD of God:
Let’s talk about the Shield of FAITH. Faith requires a huge amount of Trust… Unlike the other pieces of the Armor that hang on the body the Shield requires you to LIFT IT UP to deflect the firery darts of the enemy… It takes effort to use it. It is the one piece of our Armor that protects us the most. A shield guards. While a physical shield protects us physically, FAITH can protect our spiritual lives even in the middle of physical trials.
A good example of this kind of Faith can be found in Daniel. Daniel 3:17-18
If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” Here we see the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego… They proved that they were fully assured in their Faith to protect them and deliver them no matter what the outcome… A shield of FAITH deflects Satan hurling his fiery darts of fear, doubt and worry.
A shield is the first line of defense. While the rest of our armor helps protect us from Satan’s onslaught, it is not what you ideally want to be using to absorb every hit…….
When our FAITH in God’s omnipotence is strong, And when we fully understand that HE is in full control.. it is impossible for Satan to break through our shield and land an attack. But when we allow doubt to creep in… When we don’t stay Spiritually on guard.. We let our Shield down..The rest of our armor will be brutally…battered, and so will we. But an actively raised shield of FAITH prevents you from allowing yourself and your weaknesses Exposed to the enemy…
Are you ready to start Training using your Shield of Faith? Are you familiar with the other pieces of Armor? We are in for the Battle of our Lives… and your Life will depend on it… Shine it Up!
Written by Catie Gustitus