Take Up Your Shield of Faith – Beloved Women – July 12, 2022
In all circumstances, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; - Ephesians 6:16 ESV
Historically, in battle, soldiers would overwhelm their opponent with a large amount of fiery arrows. The purpose of this massive attack was to shock and confuse their opponent. The purpose of the fire was to set their enemy’s shields on fire so they would put them down and open themselves up for attack. The enemy does the same to us. He overwhelms us with attacks to confuse, frustrate, and discourage. His purpose is to prevent us from placing our faith in God.
When everything just seems to be going wrong on all sides, in every area of my life, I know this is usually a sign of spiritual warfare. Have you ever been in a season like that? Attacked on all sides?
It is then that the enemy wants us to see the flames, and become distracted enough to lose heart, so we’ll put down one of our greatest weapons: our faith. Faith helps us to see the flames, and still know we serve a God who can deliver. Faith not only protects us from the attacks,but it diminishes their potency, completely extinguishing their flames. So even if they hit us, they will not destroy us. No matter what you may be facing today Beloved, take up your shield of faith and never put it down.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being so faithful. You are worthy of my faith. Please help me to continually place my faith in you. In Jesus Christ Name, I pray, Amen.
What encourages you to keep the faith when you feel attacked on all sides?
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Originally published Tuesday, 12 July 2022.