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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