Ephesians 6:16 KJV “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
What is faith?
The King James Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things unseen.”
The dictionary defines faith as: ”firm belief in something for which there is no proof” or “something that is believed especially with strong conviction.”
When I think of faith, I view it as my belief, which I must exercise daily, when things are going good, and things are going bad. I hold onto my faith. I view faith as the expectation I hold onto, knowing that God’s promises are true. He said it in His word, so it will come to pass. Those battles I am fighting, seen and unseen – victory is mine, I have only to press on holding onto faith.
How big is your faith?
There are so many elements of faith that I am not certain I have even tapped into fully. Sure, each morning, my children and I put on the Full Armor of God! We have our loins girt with truth, the breastplate of righteousness, our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace…
Then, “taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Faith protects us, it keeps us! Recently, I’ve been in an unsafe situation, and I asked my sister to pray, and if she had a word for me? She said, “Take up the shield of faith. Though the attacks may be launched they won’t touch you as long as you hold fast to your faith.” Hadn’t I just had this conversation with my children? How easy it is to help others, but overlook ourselves and realize the word we shared was for us all along.
Have you ever realized the power your faith possesses?
Matthew 14:29-30 KJV “And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”
It was by faith that Peter, when he was called, walked on the water with Jesus. I asked my kids the other day, who walked on water? Jesus. Who else? Blank stares. We often forget that part of the story, where Peter had faith to walk on water, but fear caused him to sink.
Fear and faith simply cannot coexist. So, when we take up our Shield of Faith, we are renouncing fear. We are partnering with Christ and walking with Him. I like to think of faith as that element that allows for Christ to put His super on our natural. Faith is the key that allows for miracles to take place. I don’t know about you, but I have never experienced anything miraculous take place where my faith wasn’t involved! Not that God can’t – sometimes, He shows up, just to show us what He can, and will do, in turn, this builds our faith.
I really don’t think I can even begin to scratch the surface of the power of faith. I met this morning, with two women from work, one being my supervisor, and we prayed. Our united prayers were that we would continue to be salt and light to those we serve and those with whom we serve. How sweet it is to hold firm to your faith in your place of employment. How wonderful it is to feel His presence encompass around about you. For surely, where two or three are gathered together in (His) name, there (He) is in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20)
Faith can move mountains. Faith can quench the fiery darts of the evil one. Faith is one of our most important and powerful tools. Hold fast to your faith. Take up the shield of faith – no, don’t leave home without it!
**Photo of a poster at home “Armor of God” by posterenvy.com