“I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” ~ Yancey
Faith is something that is developed in our lives as we participate in the spiritual life God has called us to. As part of the armor God has provided us, Paul describes Faith as ‘able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.’ That is an awesome defense! But like all the other pieces of armor, it is not enough to ‘have it’, you must ‘take up the shield of faith’ and actively place it strategically between you and the enemy. If you don’t, you are nothing more than target practice for the evil one.
Faith says, ‘I am going to trust God, even when I don’t understand…. and even if I will never understand.’
Faith does what God says, simply because God said it.
Faith knows that God loves me, and He always does what is perfectly good for me and glorifies Him… regardless of the time it takes or how it is accomplished.
Faith is “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see…. And without faith, it is impossible to please God. (for) Anyone who wants to come to Him ‘must believe’ that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (Hebrews 11:1,6)
Do you want the protection of God’s ‘shield of faith?’ Then you must ‘take it up’ and strategically position it between you and everything that will harm your relationship with God. God is absolute perfection… holiness… no sin can exist in His presence. Therefore, to enjoy His presence and blessings, you must be holy as He is holy. That is why the commands to ‘put on the Lord Jesus Christ and His righteousness’ and ‘take up the FULL armor of God’ are so important. These are the provisions from God that make us holy and able to boldly enter into His presence. Every ‘sin’ you allow in weakens and separates you from God who is the source of all ‘good’ and the power that has overcome sin and death.
Whether you realize it or not, you are in a battle against ‘the spiritual forces of wickedness’ and they want you destroyed! They will use everything you make vulnerable to them… so don’t let them in! Shield yourself with the faith God has provided you, strategically positioning it, protecting your heart and mind.
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go…. and Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
(Joshua 1:9; Proverbs 4:23)
Praying U choose Christ today
Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, and grandfather with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is a member of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church.
Daily Quote: “Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God. and a scourge for Satan.” – John Bunyan
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;