The Whole Armor Of God, Part VI
Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Ephesians 6:16
We who have been born again have received a measure of faith that ultimately grows into a shield that protects us from fear, doubt and unbelief, thrown at us by the enemy. God has given us over 8000 promises to stand on in faith taking Him at His word to fulfill that which He has promised. When we first begin to believe, the devil comes with fear that what you are believing for won't come to pass and that is where the battle begins!
The apostle Paul said that he had fought the good fight of faith and as you grow in the Lord you will indeed understand what he was talking about, to believe is to war with the devil. When you take ground in faith, the devil comes to take it away and that is when we stand firm in our belief that God is for us and not against us! Throughout the word of God men and women have waged the war of faith against the powers of darkness and won, standing on God's word as a shield, they were victorious.
An example of using the shield of faith is when you receive a bad report from a doctor, or you have a health issue that suddenly springs up and you begin to pray. The devil comes with his fiery darts that enter your mind saying that God doesn't love you, you are going to die, or God doesn't heal any more. Who's report are you going to believe, the Word says, "By His stripes you were healed!" or the lies of the devil, come to rob, kill and destroy?
But You O Lord, are a shield around me. My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. I lay down and slept; I awoke, and the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. Psalm 3:3-6
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin