“In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:16 NASB)
Faith. Plain and simple? It means to trust. Can a person trust someone or something they have not seen? For some this is a very tough question. I have heard people say they have much trouble with this concept. Others have said they do not have blind faith. You see, blind faith, dear one, IS faith. If we have to “see it to believe it” first–it isn’t faith. The word says in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (KJV)
Lets go back to the day you received Christ. You had to hear the gospel in some way, right? Once you heard it, you had to understand it. Once you understood it, you accepted it to be true. You didn’t see the actual event of the crucifixion and resurrection of our Savior to know in your heart that this is true. You took it on faith. You don’t see God but you love Him. This is faith.
The enemy will again and again aim at you with his fiery arrows of deception. Everything the devil says or does is a lie. He is the father of all lies and the truth is not in him. Everything that he speaks is a lie. (paraphrased from John 8:44 NLT) Therefore if anything that you “hear” or “think” in your mind, if it isn’t consistent with who Christ is in you, then it is a lie from the devil. One way the Lord made a provision of protection for His children is by the shield of faith. So when the enemy throws these lies in your direction you can “catch” him in the lie, take the thought captive and make it submissive unto the Lord your God.
Can you imagine in your mind’s eye an arrow made of fire? Can you imagine it coming straight for you? If it were you would duck fast. So would I. But take it to the highest authority, Gods authority, and use the shield that the Lord provided you to extinguish it. If you throw back the word of truth, by saying truth out loud, the enemy will run from you. He is hoping you will be too afraid or weak to battle him. If you are ready with your shield of faith to knock down the lie then the very next move is to use your sword which is the word of God.
The sword and the helmet is lesson 5 for tomorrow. We will learn how to gain practice using it. Read Ephesians 6:17.
In His Love,