“…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.” Eph 6:16 (NASB)
Faith is a shield that protects us from the fiery darts of the evil one. It is our defense from his lies, threats and cunny ways. A lot of people interpret faith as what we exercise and stretch anytime we need to get something from God. Well, there is more: I believe Faith is the means by which we obey God.
Faith is not what we use to get our needs met, neither is it what we use to get all our prayers answered. It is one virtue which we lack in this instant generation. Most times we are selfish and driven by getting results that will satisfy our wants. But there is something more that God desires- pleasing Him.
The people we read about in the Bible exercised their faith to please God, some of them died without receiving the promise- results. But they were content with the fact that they obeyed God and pleased Him. They were willing to die believing God! This good report can only be obtained by Faith. When we live like this, no scheme of the enemy will be able to lure us away from God’s hands.
Do we still trust God when he doesn’t give us what we want when we want them? A man of Faith knows how to wait. Do we still choose to believe what He said against what the world tells us? A man of Faith believes and holds on to God’s report regardless of the prevailing situation. Faith is indeed a shield that protects us while we are obeying God.
Finally, let’s not forget that our Faith must be in the word of God not on ideas we have conjured up in our heads. It is the word that guarantees our victory.
Take up your shield today and always wear it. Let no news dampen your faith, no worries cast a veil on it, or any lie make you loose that childlike trust and confidence in God. And be ready to believe God till the end whether you get results or not. This is your shield, your defense and your armour.
Step into the new week fully clad and ready to quench all the fiery darts of the enemy.
Have a Faith-filled week!