The Leverage Daily Devotional 18-2-19
The 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”
1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Faith is a shield from all the fiery darts of the wicked. Our faith in Jesus Christ as the risen Lord and Saviour shields from the enemy’s attack. Paul, in Ephesians 6, likens the believer in spiritual warfare to the Roman soldier. The Roman soldier had a tall and large shield that spans his entire height, from head to toes, with which he protects himself from the enemy’s darts. It protects every part of his body from the fiery darts of the enemy. In the same vein, faith shields us from head to toe against all the fiery darts of the devil. At no time in our walk with God should we doubt God’s love for us, neither the integrity of the Word. Doubt exposes us to demonic attacks. Unbelief breeds lack of confidence in God, which in turn exposes us to the enemy’s fiery darts. Therefore, faith is our shield from trouble; our shield from the devil’s railing accusations against us.
Biblical faith is first rooted in the heart, and expressed in action; which can be confession or doing the Word in the obedience of faith. Faith is purely based on the Word of God and sticks with the Word, through and through. When the challenges of life come beating against you, they must meet you battle ready. You must have your faith shield on always, because you don’t know when the enemy will strike. He strikes when you least expect, so don’t lower your guards. Don’t be distracted. Stay in the Word always. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly. Stay in meditation and doing the Word consistently. Refuse to feed on anything that will make you doubt the integrity of God’s Word. Guard your heart from the junks of this world. Be selective with what you hear. Choose the Word only. Don’t let the enemy deceive you into believing a lie. Deceit is one of the strategies of war. If you can distract the enemy, and make him believe a lie, then you can defeat him. We wrestle not against human beings, but against wicked spirits in heavenly places. Stay at alert!
My Solid Front (Confession):
In the Name of Jesus, I declare that I am vigilant and sensitive always; I refuse to let off my guard at any time. I stay in the Word always, and my shield of faith is consistently on against all the fiery darts of the wicked. Amen.