Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16. “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

This portrayal of the devil is nonsense, of course. He’s never that obvious, and I don’t believe he has horns or a tail of the lower body of a snake.

However, he does shoot fiery arrows at us. Despair, doubt, lies, fear, hatred, countless temptations to indulge in wrong thinking and wrong behavior.  One of his favorite “arrows” is wrong interpretation on scripture, casting doubt on the very foundation of our faith and doctrine.  The Bible clearly states that ALL scripture is inspired of God (II Tim. 3:16-17) and is profitable.  No one part of God’s Word can be set aside as not so important. It’s an all-or-nothing deal.

Our faith, founded in God’s Word and strengthened by the Holy Spirit of God, is a piece of armor that we can move, when necessary, to deflect all the arrows Satan throws at us to keep us from standing strong in the battle for the truth.  He won’t settle for a simple frontal attack. We have to understand that he is NEVER guilty of telling the truth; that if we are entertaining wrong thinking, Satan is doing a happy dance.

There are many verses I cling to when I find myself struggling with fear, doubt, and all the rest.  One is Psalm 119:165. “Great peace have they which love Thy law; and nothing shall offend (trip, cause to stumble) them.”

Another is Philippians 4:4-8, which teaches us the importance of supplicatory (begging) prayer, the deep peace of God, and the importance of biblical thinking.

Keep your faith strong. Be in the Word. Pray. Stand.

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