Shield of Faith!
This morning I want to share with you on the above topic “Shield of Faith”.
Ephesians 6:10 – Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
We are taught in Ephesians the proper order of our walk as believers:-
The Epistle of Ephesians contains very rich and deep teachings and one of the things we can learn from it in our daily walk of faith is to learn to be at rest, meaning to “rest from work“. The order of our walk is not to work and then rest. Rather it is the other way around, that is we must be at rest to receive the peace of God and once we are at peace, we can then start to serve God by partaking of the ministry we are called to do.
In the first chapters of the Ephesians, we learn that we are “seated in heavenly places” and that’s telling us to be at rest, knowing that our Lord has done a finished work.
Ephesians 2:6 : “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus“
On the other hand, many believers get “burned out” just because they missed understanding the teachings in Ephesians and elsewhere. When we understand this principle how to be “at rest” (resting in the finished work of Christ) our hearts will be at peace.
Confident of this rest we have in Christ, we start to walk as a believer, doing both natural and spiritual things, going to church, attend Bible study and, whenever possible, gathering together daily to pray, encouraging one another, and giving time for our daily devotion.
And even as we walk to partake doing the Kingdom’s work and appropriating the promises of God, there comes a time or times when we need to “stand” up against the wiles of the enemy who moves about and roar like a roaring lion seeking weak believers to devour.
If you read chapter 6, notice the word to “stand” repeated several times. That’s the emphasis to us the readers. Because our enemy both in the natural and spiritual realms will make every attempt to attack us by sending fiery darts to hurt us.
And how do we protect ourselves from these attacks? Yes, we need to take up our “Shield of Faith” to stop the fiery darts. Now shall we go to Chapter 6 of Ephesians and read starting from verses 10 to 16 (paying attention to verse 16)
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
So how do we take up this piece of armour to stop the fiery darts? I strongly believe that we use prayers to build the “Shield”. So here’s another valuable lesson : We study and memorize scriptures and use them whenever we have to do so.
Now let’s take a lesson from verse 17 to see how we can also go on the offence in prayers:
Do you see it, there is available a spiritual weapon given to believers – the “Sword of the Spirit”? Yes we can use the Word of God as a weapon in our prayers to go on the offensive, to destroy every fiery dart that may be sent our way. One powerful and effective prayer is to use the “Blood of Jesus” as our hedge of protection. In our prayer, my recommendation is to use the Blood to cover everything you possess. Use the Blood to cover your family, homes and all your possessions. I suggest you use this weapon daily before leave for work and before you retire for the night, yes do it day and night for complete protection and peace of mind.