Ephesians 6 verse 16 says “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Faith is about ‘the God in whom I trust’. Faith in God is the shield and currency of the Kingdom of God.
I John 5:4b says “…This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”
Thus, Faith in God is a strong shield to guarantee our victory in life. However, having Faith in God neither mean an absence of trouble nor a rosy lifestyle, but it encourages and protects the believer to come out strong. Sometimes, God brings a believer out of a situation while at times, He strengthens us through it.
Now, lets discuss the concept of ‘Taking’ the shield.
Taking the shield of faith means strategic skilful handling of faith like a trained soldier. In 1 Chronicles 12 verse 1 to 8 mentioned the mighty men of valour with David. In verse 8, the Bible says: “And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains;”.
This scripture among others is pointing us to the need of carefully and skilfully taking the shield of faith as one of the Christian armour.
Did you know that the Lord God is our shield? And the shield of faith means trust (faith) in God?
Psalm 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
In other words, Faith is about ‘the God in whom I trust’.
Faith is knowing God. In fact, Faith is a personal revelation of who God is like the men of faith in Hebrews 11. Remember, the Shield (God) is big and strong enough to protect. You don’t need to add anything to help God.
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