The shield of Faith -Part 2

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Faith is the victory that overcomes the world (1John 5:4). Faith is the believers shield and the devil can do nothing about it. Faith is the armour of armours: the shield of Faith is the armour that covers every other armour. It is large enough to cover the helmet, breastplate, belt, and shoes. Faith offers complete protection. Faith conquers fear. The fear of the future is conquered by faith. Faith is believing what God has said, for no other reason than that God has said it. Faith takes God at His Word. It receives gospel truths, it trusts and obeys. Faith holds on to the promises of God. Faith gives the believer boldness and a conquering spirit.

Stop the fiery darts:

Paul uses the imagery of the “taking up” of a shield in Ephesians 6:16. Every believer is to use this shield as protection against the fiery darts of satan. These darts or arrows are doubly dangerous because they pierce whatever they touch and they also set it on fire. Though these fiery darts are used against the believer, they shall not prosper. The believer needs the shield of Faith as protection to “stop” the darts of the enemy. The word “stop” is used in Ephesians 6:16 and it should be taken very seriously. Pride, lust and ungodly thoughts are just some of the fiery darts unleashed against the Christian. These can only be stopped by Faith. The Holy Spirit is a helper and every believer must look to Jesus to resist the devil. A surrendered heart trusts in God’s mercy and goodness. He is a very present help in times of trouble.

Christ is the treasure and  the hand of Faith receives it. Faith is the grace Jesus wants to find in us when He returns. When Jesus returns, will He find Faith in you? It is rich in mercy and it invites the sinner to look up to Jesus at all times.
©Ruth Dickson Author UK Christian Author
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Faith is like a Shield – Part 1

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Faith is compared to a shield because it protects the whole body. The helmet protects the head, the breast plate protects the chest, but the shield is big enough to defend the whole body. It covers from top to toe. David points to the nature of the shield when he says:

“Lord, surely you bless the righteous; you surround them with favour as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12

A shield can be used in a variety of ways. Policemen use their shields collectively as a wall of protection when they are being stormed by a mob. Their shields are so big and wide, it covers them from head to toe, shielding them, while they advance against the storm. This is the same way the believer in Christ moves forward, with the shield of Faith. No matter what the enemy uses against the believer, they are kept safe and protected by the shield of Faith.

Faith defies reason.
When the enemy brings debate and confusion about the legitimacy of God’s Word, Faith steps in and takes control. The Word of God is received by Faith and the shield of Faith is used to quench the fiery darts aimed at weakening a person’s faith.

Faith brought Abraham through every trial, when his natural understanding could not comprehend what the Lord was saying. The shield of Faith brought him through the test.

The shield of faith will shield the believer against the greatest storm. Faith withstands confusion. Faith busts through disillusionment. Faith just keeps on going.

I pray this year you will keep moving forward. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean to your own understanding!

David said,
“I would have fainted, unless I had believed.” Psalm 27:13
Believe in God! Trust in His Word!
©Ruth Dickson UK. Christian Author
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Sure footed

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As sure footed as a deer – Psalm 18:33

The believer in Christ must stand firm at all times. After wearing the Belt of Truth and Breastplate of Righteousness, the believer must wear the sturdy foot wear of Peace. A Solider does not go into battle with shoes that will make him slide all over the place. The soldier’s foot must not slip, but stand firm, against the adversary. Psalm 18:33 says,

“He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
enabling me to stand on mountain heights.”

The believer in Christ must never doubt the ability of Christ. He enables one to stand on great heights, like a surefooted deer. Even though there are so many rocks and boulders on a mountain, the deer just keeps on climbing. It does not slip, tumble or fall.

The peace of God gives us stability and confidence in battle. Whatever the problem or circumstance, the person who stands on the peace, which the gospel brings, will never be moved. A person in peace with God will approach God with confidence. They will not be confined or restricted. Peace brings mobility and freedom. What will separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord? (Romans 8:39). We are asked to come boldly before the throne of grace, where we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the times of need (Hebrews 4:16). Christ is our peace (1 Tim.1:2). He has broken down the “wall of separation” (Ephesians 2:14).

The devil is after the soul. When a person knows they are reconciled with God, it gives them perfect peace. The peace of God will sustain a person during the most trying times. The believer can confidently say, “I raise my Ebenezer,” knowing that God, who has brought them thus far, will see them through, right to the very end.

Jesus gives the Hope and Faith that overcomes the world , Amen.

©Ruth. E. Dickson UK (Christian Author)

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Why you must always wear The Armour of God (Part 2)

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Ephesians-6-13The believer in Christ must recognise the attacks of the enemy. These attacks can be so subtle. Every believer in Jesus Christ must learn from Adam’s mistake. Though Adam was made perfect by God, he was still cleverly attacked.  This attack had a devastating effect on humanity.  Earth is now a broken world with broken people. Adam, God’s perfect creation, broken by disobedience.

If satan attacked Adam, he can attack anyone.

Have you ever watched documentaries of how animals catch their Prey? There are loads of documentaries to watch on the Geographic Channel. You’ll notice predators go for the weakest link; the stragglers, the young; the animals that are left behind and separated from the rest of the flock.

When you are too busy for personal communion with God, so busy that you cannot go to church, so swamped you cannot pray, so occupied that you cannot fellowship with other…

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Truth and Righteousness

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Paul spent a lot of time in Prison. It was from his time in Prison that he grasped the concept of a soldier fully dressed in Armour. In Ephesians 6:13-17, we see a description of the believer dressed in complete armour. Paul wants every believer in Jesus Christ to be fully dressed, just like a solider in the Army. To “stand” seems to imply watchfulness and readiness. A soldier is watchful and ready, unlike a solider who leaves their rank , he or she exposes themselves.

The belt of Truth

Paul uses the symbol of a belt as the first fighting tool the believer needs. The belt holds every-thing together. It is the foundation, as everything depends on the Truth of Scripture. The Truth is used to fend off the lies and assaults of the enemy. While the Soldier depends on physical armour, the believer in Jesus Christ has spiritual armour.

But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.” 1Thess. 5:8

The breastplate of righteousness

When a person believes in Jesus Christ, they are saved by the imputed righteousness of God. They do not have their own righteousness, they have the righteousness of God. The righteousness of God frees the believer from the accusations of the conscience, the whispers of despondency and the power of temptation.

For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so towards you.” 2 Cor.1:12

“But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.” 1 Cor.4:3,4

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.” 1 John 3:7

As the believer journeys through the Christian life, the process of Sanctification takes place. It frees the believer from the power and rule of sin. The wicked one desires to accuse the believer at all times. Sanctification makes the believer more like Jesus everyday. It makes the believer hate all that the devil stands for, it is a gradual process. Righteousness also means standing for what is right, living right, in a world full of darkness.

©Ruth Dickson Author UK  Christian Author

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