Take the Shield of Faith (Ephesians 6: 16). Every soldier needs something to ashield and protect him from the weapons of the enemy. In a Roman times, the weapons were arrows and swords. The soldiers sometimes shot flaming arrows and Darta over protective walls to set people and their dwelling places on fire. In the same way, the enemy shoots spiritual arrows and darts at us designed to pierce our heart with discouragement and make us fearful, anxious, uncertain, or incapacitated. The Shield we have against these arrows of the enemy ia our faith, and it is powerful protection from all that.
We all-even unbelievers-have faith in something or someone. We have Faith that the pharmacist won’t poison us when we have our prescription from the doctor filled. We have faith that we can walk into a mall and not be killed. But lately our faith seems to be waninng with regard to these kinds of things. However, when we put our Faith in God and His Son, we start out having small faith, but our faith grows stronger as we read the word and spend time with God in prayer.
How do we know our faith is strong enough to be a protective Shield from the enemy? We know because God’s Word says that it is our faith in God and His faithfulness to us that becomes a Shield for us. God said to Abram, “Don’t be afraid, Abram. I am your Shield, your exceedingly great reward” (Genesis 15: 1). When we put our faith in God and His Word, he is our Shield and defense. now that is something we can faith in.
Even of our faith is shaky one day-it happens to all of us until we learn to have faith no matter what we see happening around us- we can still depend on the faithfulness of God to cover us and increase our faith as we hide ourselves in Him. So when you feel the enemy trying to temp you in your weakest area, increase your Faith by saying, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10: 13).
When the enemy comes to test your allegiance to the Lord, focus on God, His Word, and His faithfulness to do what He says, say, “The Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psaln 84: 11).
Faith dissolves feat and makes us courageous. Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe” (Mark 5: 36). Faith opens up possiblities. Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believe”(Mark 9: 23).
Our faith must grow strong enough to believe for the impossible because we believe in the God of the impossible, and with Him all things are possible.