Ephesians 6:16 describes the Shield of Faith that we must possess as believers so that we may combat the enemy, “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;” Paul in these passages is comparing our Christian walk and witness to going into or being in battle each day. In verse 12 he had reminded us that the forces of evil in this world can be both physical and spiritual so we must always be ready. Satan cannot take our salvation away but he can destroy our witness and effectiveness for God. As Paul said here, we must be ready in all circumstances.
Active faith functions a shield because it shows you truly believe in God. It is actively putting your trust in God’s truths and desiring to please Him with your actions. We won’t see our shield in action until we step out boldly using our faith. A believer’s faith is less about the believer and more about God and what we believe and are absolutely convinced that He is capable of doing in our lives. It involves trust and hope at the highest levels. Jeremiah 29:11 has helped to activate my faith and move it from head knowledge to heart trust, as I absorb the truth of God’s Words. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God is good and intends good for me. I can trust Him in all I do, wherever I go He is there with me.
Satan wants to lessen, destroy, or render ineffective any and all faith that we possess. He cannot take our salvation away as it is sealed and guaranteed by the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 is a promise “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” Using your faith in a way that will thwart or repel Satan’s attacks, requires trust in God’s faithfulness and wisdom on our part so we are aware and ready.
Consider this today– sometimes you might not need more faith or a bigger shield, but you just need a better understanding of the comprehensive nature of God’s faithfulness. Think about His faithfulness in these verses:
Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” God is always faithful and does not change.
Psalm 91:4 “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Our shield of faith is backed by His faithfulness to us.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” God’s faithfulness gives us strength and protection.
Hebrews 10:23 “ Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” God’s faithfulness gives us hope as we actively use it- holding on tightly!
Because Christ died on the cross and rose for the dead, I have a faith that is supported and connected to the faithfulness of Almighty God. His faithfulness is eternal, unending, complete and 100% sure!
Take up your shield today! Step out with an active faith unafraid and backed by God’s faithfulness.
Holy Week- Tuesday. Jesus’ authority was questioned at the temple by the Pharisees and He continued to teach with parables. Later in the day, He was anointed with oil which, unknowingly to the disciples, was in preparation for His burial. See Matthew 21:23-27, 21:28-23:39 and Matthew 26:6-13. These are also recorded in Mark and Luke and the anointing in John.