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 saints.
I had such a great example of the shield of faith happen recently. I have a lot of rusty bolts to remove from Rusty’s bed. I decided it would be quicker to cut them off with a grinder than try to unbolt them.
On day one I marched out of the garage in my short sleeve shirt, my open toed shoes and just my glasses armed with a metal cutting blade. Within minutes sparks we’re going everywhere including into my bare face, my bare arms, my unprotected feet. I didn’t last very long and was very unproductive. I couldn’t maintain the “battle” when the “flaming darts” were trying to light me on fire.
Day two, same grinder, same metal cutting blade but this time time I had a long sleeve shirt, boots, and most importantly my new shield. Sparks once again were flying but this time I could face the “flaming arrows of the evil one”. So I stayed in the battle until all the grinding wheels were worn out.
A shield makes a difference in how we do battle. With faith we can fight through the doubts and lies the enemy throws at us. But it’s not a blind faith or faith for faiths sake, it is faith in Jesus and his deaths power to save us and restore us. What a difference a shield makes, what a difference faith in Jesus makes.
(Originally posted 9-10-15)