“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:16)
Next to the above verse in my Bible I have a stick figure picture of someone holding up a shield with the word faith written on it, blocking several fiery arrows. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes have a vivid imagination when reading the Bible. This verse paints a picture for all of us.
The evil one will try to take you down.
You are not defenseless to his attacks.
It is so easy for us to focus on the flaming arrows that are flying in our direction and forget that God has forget us a weapon of defense: FAITH. Living by faith is easier said then done. We catch ourselves constantly glancing upward, not at the One who has already overcome the attack, but at the arrows of the evil one who continues to fight, even though he has been defeated.
We focus so much on the flaming darts that we forget to hold up our shield.
The other day I was baking. As I took the food out of the oven my arms grazed the hot rack and left a painful burn on my skin. I wasn’t focusing. I was distracted and in a rush, and I got burned. I think the same thing happens all the time to us spiritually when we are distracted same thing happens all the time to us spiritually when we are distracted by the enemy’s attack and not focused on the One who has already won the war. We get distracted and then get burned.
I wonder if our faith is a shield, or simply something we carry around with us and forget to use. Do we believe that our God is stronger than the attack of the evil one? Imagine being a soldier and carrying around a heavy shield, but never using it the way it was designed to be used. I think a lot of Christians feel like they are carrying a heavy load and barely have enough strength to make it through their next battle. I know I have often felt that way myself.
It’s time for us to hold our shield and let our faith do the rest. When we hear the whispering attack of the enemy telling us something that we know is not true, we need to silence him with the Word of Truth. As we lift up our shields and speak truth into all circumstances that we face, we will see our faith grow and the enemy’s attack become powerless.
Like the man who asked for his son to be healed in Mark 9:24, don’t be afraid to ask the Lord to increase your faith. You may struggle to believe at times, or get distracted, but He has still promised to make you more than conqueror. the act of asking for more faith is an act of faith in itself. Hold up your shield and let the Lord do the rest.
~PASTOR SUSAN B.