Engaging Spiritual Weapon Number 4:
The Shield of Faith- Ephesians 6:16
The shield is a strong piece of metal that a soldier uses to ward off arrows of the enemy. He hides behind it so that the arrows cannot penetrate into him.
The roman shield of that time was as large as a door and could cover the warrior entirely. They were made of wood and covered in tough leather. Sometimes the leather could be soaked in water before the battle to quench fiery arrows.
The edges of the shield had locks, so they could be interlocked together with other shields. A row of soldiers could kneel beside each other lock in and literally form a wall.
If the church today can emulate this kind of principle/example, it would form an unbreakable wall which the devil cannot break at all. We would quench all the fiery arrows of the devil. This requires that we practice corporate faith, we need to all have faith.
Having daily faith in God is the assurance that God is with us.
Its reliance and having confidence in what He says in His word, so that we don’t pick and choose which parts of the Bible to believe in. We have to believe in the Bible entirely.
We can’t take the Bible to be like a cafeteria menu, where you are only to choose one thing over the other. It’s embracing the Whole word of God and relying on God’s truth and promises.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1). Jesus says that we ought to live by faith and not by sight. It is impossible to please God without faith.
Driving a car on the road is different from flying an airplane in the air. Driving a car on the road, you have all road signs to guide you, you have even the ability to remember the routes you used before. The visual side of it is that everything is clear that you can see what comes ahead, you can see the bumps and potholes and everything ahead besides and even behind. In a mist condition you only need to put lights on and apply the wipers too and it’s clear to even drive at a speed of 80 km/hr. Here you don’t need faith to drive a car.
Flying an airplane you have to trust the instrument in order to fly the airplane. You never know what routes you are taking, you go through mist and fogs, in the clouds where you can’t see. You follow a manual, a compass for direction. You get to see where you are when you land. Therefore you have to believe the instrument for right coordinates. You need to apply faith that you will get to you destination.
Christianity is like flying an airplane. It is full if chaos, discouragements, fear and doubts, unbelief as weapons used by the devil to make us come to an end.
But any Christian who believes on the manual (The Bible) which is God’s word and communicates directly to the person at the main station (God), he /she becomes blind to discouragements, fear doubt, bad thoughts, difficulties but relies on the instrument for direction and instruction of the journey that lies ahead.
People who don’t believe the manual is like someone who is sick sitting next to the medicine but leaving the bottle tightly corked.
The Bible is the tool that brings us to the object of our faith who is Jesus and God our Father. The Bible takes us to the cross to help us understand of our victory against the devil.
People don’t start moving mountains until they have been to mount Calvary. You got to have faith to move things around, change circumstances in your family, determine what your life will look like and be.
Also when need to understand that faith itself is not our shield, it’s the object of our faith- God our Father.
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Born again believer of Christ Jesus, passionate of the youth ministry – training and raising youths who will be distinct in this perverse generation, teacher of the word. | I love music (worshiper) | youth pastor at KAG Grace Worship Centre | Chairperson Moi’s Bridge youth fellowship.