December 22, 2011
The Gift of Weaponry, the Shield of Faith
This Advent Daily Devotional is focusing on the gifts God gives us, as uncovered in the book of Ephesians.
And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows of the Evil One. (Ephesians 6:16, NCV)
What an interesting picture this is! First of all, when I think of Roman soldiers and their shields, I think of them using the shield to protect against swords and maces, in hand-to-hand combat, not flaming arrows. Think about flaming arrows… they must be shot at you at quite a distance, right? I think that is good news, even great news! If you are child of Christ, if you have any faith in Him — yes, there IS a battle going on — but know that you are ALWAYS closer to Jesus than you are to Satan. Let me say that again: you are always closer to Jesus than you are to the enemy. You will supernaturally be protected by the closeness of God.
What is faith? Hebrews 11:1 says: Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see. (CEV)
Hold up that faith shield. Believe in what you can’t see, and in doing so, you will see God in a real way.
If you are a new creation in Christ, then you are born of God, you are a child of God. Look at the reference to “faith” in 1 John:
Everyone who is a child of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world—our faith. So the one who conquers the world is the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:4-5 (NCV)
So… our faith… your faith… conquers the world! What a great gift!
And that fits right in with Jesus own words: “I told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble, but be brave! I have defeated the world.” John 16:33 (NCV)
Use this gift this Advent to help you defeat the enemy and the lies he throws at you. Deflect them with your shield of faith.
Father God, thank you for the gift of faith. Would you please increase my faith in you? Would you help me use this gift to defeat the enemy? And thank you that you are always closer to me than Satan. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2011. Rich Ronald