Monday, October 21, 2013

Don't Leave Home Without It

A quick recap of the armor discussed so far in Ephesians 6:  It first lists 3 pieces of armor to put on:  the belt, breastplate and shoes.  It's vital to be rooted in the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and prepared with  the "shoes" of the gospel. It is foundational to have truth, right standing with God and know the gospel.  You can't wage warfare without it!

Now let's discuss the armor you must take.

Ephesians 6:16  King James Version (KJV)

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Don't leave home without the shield of faith.  In fact, as a believer, your faith is an essential part of who you are. Read verse 16 again.  Did you get that?  Your faith can quench ALL the fiery darts of the wicked.

Thoughts, imaginings, fears, lies and whispers from the evil one can all be eradicated by exercising your faith!

At the time Ephesians was written, soldiers carried shields that were large enough that a person could crouch down behind it.  It would cover the whole body.  I'm told the shields were made of material that would extinguish a fiery dart if it managed to penetrate the shield.

This was an essential piece of equipment for the soldier; and our faith is no less important to the believer.  Abraham was blessed because of his faith and God counted his faith as righteousness. Abraham not only became the father of the Jews but became the spiritual father of all believers to this day.

Your faith in God speaks volumes because it signifies your trust. Your faith is precious in His sight.

Don't leave home without it.

For further study:

This post is Day 22 of my series, 31 Basics for Believers.  You can find all the posts here.

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