Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Whole Armor of God - FAITH

"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." (Ephesians 6:16)

God has furnished for us a faith that can withstand every fiery dart of Satan. Our faith in this verse is viewed as a shield. When temptation attacks the truth of God's Word, we can with God's help, put up the shield of faith and stand for God's Word despite modernism. Maybe we would be attacked in the area of righteousness; let's say the Devil may be tempting us to give into sins which would damage our testimony, we can with the help of God, lift up our shield of faith, and believe what the Bible says about sowing and reaping, and it would help us maintain exacting righteousness. Perhaps (and this happens to me often) you are tempted not to share your testimony or give a gospel witness, when you know you ought to. You can with, by God's grace, lift up your shield of faith, and trust that God is in control and that He desires to see all come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. These are various Satanic attacks in regards to the panoply of God, but with faith we can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Not that we don't get attacked, but when we do get attacked, the result is not fatal, our faith in the Lord still flourishes.

January of this year was extremely taxing to many families in our church. I am so thankful to the Lord for this Scripture, that I can share this in order to be an encouragement to them and to others (as well as myself) - - Keep praying to the Lord for the strength in hard times to lift up the shield of faith. It is impregnable against every Satanic attack. With God's grace (along with the shield of faith) we can say with the Apostle Paul:
"We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;" ( 2 Cor. 4:8-9)

Friend, do you even have faith? I cannot even begin to imagine the misery one has to go through life without faith. It pains me to no end, when I think of such great sorrow someone has to experience when they see the death of a loved one - WHEN the one left behind has no faith rooted in the Word of God, and so to them, the death of a loved one is a horrible sting they may never fully recover from. BUT if you have the faith, you can see the Lord even in the worse situations, and know the God is working out His best for you. It is my desire that you place your trust completely on the Lord Jesus Christ, that you would repent of your sin and selfish way, and realize that your need to trust in Christ alone. I pray you do find the faith.

And other friends, perhaps you are a born again believer. How is your faith? I realize that there are some who actually struggle with their faith. I pray that you would come to see that the Lord is sufficient. He has furnished for you and me a faith that can quench all of life's trials and pressures, every Satanic attack is quenched through the shield of faith. Please don't take for granted this wonderful gift of faith that the Lord has so blessed us with. Lift it up, or be ready to lift it up, sooner or later (and it always comes sooner) you will need such a faith to believe God at His Word.

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