The Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Ephesians 6 lists the armor of God.  It is used in fighting against the devil’s schemes and not falling into temptation.  Surprisingly, only the shield of faith is given an explanation on how it is used however.

Satan is a liar and a deceiver.  He works most often by lying to us about what we can and can’t do.  He lies to us about who God is and wants us to question His love and care for us.

Faith extinguishes these attacks because our trust is in God.  When Satan tells us that we’ll never make it on our own, we have faith that God will help us through.  When Satan wants us to question God’s love for us, it is faith that causes us to hold fast to the promises that God has made to us.

Although pieces of the armor of God surround us from all sides the shield of faith can only be pointed in one direction.  Faith is only good when it is pointed in the proper direction.  While self confidence is a good thing, faith in our own abilities will not allow us to withstand the devil’s attacks.  Faith in other people is bound to let us down because they are just as human and frail as we are.

Only faith in God is able to withstand the arrows of the devil and extinguish them.  We must place our faith in God and in nothing else.

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