Today’s Sunday Scripture is part five in our series I AM A WARRIOR… PUTTING ON THE ARMOR OF GOD! We have learned that we do not war against flesh and blood and that the evil one wants to tear us apart! We have already talked about prayer and standing firm. We learned to put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and the shoes that prepare us to stand firm in the battle. So let’s move from the Armor Of God that we “put on” to a piece of armor that God tells us to “take up”!
IN ADDITION TO ALL, TAKING UP THE SHIELD OF FAITH WITH WHICH YOU WILL BE ABLE TO EXTINGUISH ALL THE FLAMING MISSLES OF THE EVIL ONE. Ephesians 6: 16
In ancient times a Roman soldier carried a shield or scutum. It was a large piece of wood. It was large enough to cover a soldier. Think of it as the size of a door! The scutum was tapered and rounded on the edges. Arrows would deflect off the rounded edges so that the shield would not take on the direct force of an arrows blow.
It was often covered with some sort of hide that when wet could extinguish the flaming arrows of the enemy.
A very important weapon indeed! A soldier’s shield provided a great deal of protection!
Faith is a vital and important part of the armor God has given us to use every day in the war Satan is waging against us! Faith acts like a huge shield to deflect and stop all the hurt, hate, doubt and trouble God’s mortal enemy throws at us!
So, what is this faith we are to hold up before us as we walk, every day, through the battlefield of life?
Hebrews 11:1 says:
NOW FAITH IS CONFIDENCE IN WHAT WE HOPE FOR AND ASSURANCE ABOUT WHAT WE DO NOT SEE.
Faith is having a firm conviction about the substance, or the realness of, things we hope for and the assurance of those things even though we cannot see them. We hope for God’s promises to us. They are as real as if they already have happened because God’s word is yea and amen!
Faith is a noun. A “thing”. But let’s slip in the action word for faith… belief! Believing is the verb! What are we to believe? We are to believe God!
Faith is believing God. It is knowing that what God says is true and God promises will come to pass. No matter what we see with our eyes and feel with our emotions or experience with all of our senses we will believe God above all!
Satan is on the prowl. He is looking for a loose piece of armor or a shield that is not raised up before us! He is a master marksman. He will shoot his flaming arrows of doubt straight towards our heart!
We must use faith to protect our hearts (our minds, will, emotion, intellect, character) from any of his lying schemes! Believe God! Believe God is who He says He is. Believe God can do what He says He can do. Believe God’s promises are as true as if they have already happened!
Believe God and God alone!
God has many promises for “overcomers” in the Bible. I have read the bible to the end… and WE WIN! Don’t let Satan’s deceiving ways beat and overcome you. Overcome his dirty lies by having faith… believing God!
The goal of a soldier is to win. To overcome the enemy. Our goal is to overcome the enemy too. And just like Jesus, be victorious!
Hold up your shield of faith against anything the enemy throws at you. Use your belief about God to deflect Satan’s lies. Do not fear! Live your God-given life of abundance! Hold up that shield!
Live a life of overcoming and victory!