Wield Your Shield
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
Each of our spiritual weapons are necessary for battle with Satan: belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, readiness shoes, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. As warriors, we should be dressed in our spiritual armor every single day, yet some of our weapons have to be picked up rather than put on ….
The shield of faith is a weapon that we have to remember to pick up in battle with Satan. Without the shield, we are exposed to the deadly weapons of discouragement, despair, and doubt. Our enemy will empty his arsenal primarily on those who are working diligently to build the kingdom of God. Therefore, as good soldiers of Christ, we have to be ready for battle at all times by taking our S-H-I-E-L-D:
S – Stop entertaining evil thoughts from the devil ~
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
(2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
H – Hold on to what we know is true about God’s faithfulness ~
“Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations.”
I – Invest heavily into the meditation, memorization, and practice of the Scriptures ~
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
(2 Timothy 2:15)
E – Engage in daily, consistent, and earnest prayer with God ~
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
L – Let go of our past and press forward in faith ~
“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.”
D – Don’t ever let go of our faith in God ~
“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”
When Satan launches his weapons at us, we throw up our shield of faith and swing back with the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. We can’t swing back what we don’t know—these weapons work together so that we aren’t delayed in fulfilling our purpose. Destiny is in the grips of those warriors of Jesus who don’t let evil powers hinder God’s plans for their lives.
Let us pray –
Dear Lord, without You I can do nothing. Equip me with every spiritual armor so that I may finish my walk of faith in victory. Amen.