I don't know about you but some days I feel like all I do is dodge those arrows! Thanks be to our Saviour and King, Jesus Christ, for that shield of faith!
So what is faith?
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1
In this war (that's already won!), we must guard our hearts with the shield of faith. How do we do that?
- We must exercise our faith by trusting our Lord.
- Believing He is Who He says He is
- Believing He can/will do what He says He can/will do
- We must study the Bible, His word, so we know His ways.
- We must measure everything we want, do or say by His word and adjust our thoughts and actions to His standard
- We must remember that NOTHING (NO THING) is impossible with God
- We must choose faith
Choosing faith is no easy task at times. But the choice is ours none the less. When we learn that we have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; therefore, the choice is a given. Choose to faith Jesus!
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." Galatians 2:20"
Jesus gave Himself up for me (and you, believer) so that we could have eternal life in Him. That life starts at salvation. So as you take up your shield of faith, be reminded that we may not always understand His ways. And that's OK because His ways are higher than our ways. It's our privilege to follow after Jesus. Wherever He leads, we're to follow Him.
"For we walk by faith, not by sight." — 2 Corinthians 5:7
Yes, I know we like to see the path before us, but He doesn't always show us the entire path. So take up your shield of faith and start marching!
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and havingput on the breastplate of righteousness,15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, Ephesians 6:10-18