Shield of Faith

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Ephesians 6:16Take up your Shield

Shield of FaithEver heard of an Impala?They can jump 10 feet high and 30 feet in distance!But they will stay captured behind a 3ft wallWhy? They will not jump anywhere unless they can see where they will landFaith is not faith, if you can see it

Take up the ShieldEveryday Faith, or Textbook Faith?Every-day Faith is what we needWithout seeing/knowing what God is doing, and simply trusting His Bible promises that is true faith in GodThe 1st armor pieces (Belt, Breastplate, Sandals) never removed; next 3 were taken up only when needed youll see the distinction in V 16

14Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:14-16, NASB

14Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:14-16, NASB

A. The Shield of FaithThe verse starts with in addition to means we are in a new arenaThe previously mentioned armor is worn at all times when we are ChristiansIt means things are get tough, and you better be readyTake up the shield now, because you WILL need it

A. The Shield of FaithShields were made of wood, 4x 2Very heavy with a protective metal coating: fireproofing

A. The Shield of FaithShields were made of wood, 4x 2Very heavy with a protective metal coating: fireproofingWhile linked together their own archers would fire between the shields a moving bunkerFlaming arrows were a common military tactic used to demoralize and confuse

B. Flaming ArrowsSo how do these apply spiritually and symbolically?Could be darts of immorality, hatred, envy, pride, covetousness, doubt, worry or any other sinNotice this is the realm of thoughtYou can be tempted and accused before your feet hit the floor!

C. The Strength of your SoFHow strong is your Shield?Strong enough for any demon attack ; total Faith in God?OR does it look good, but is really paper thin?How can we strengthen it?3 Shield-building methods

C. Three Shield-BuildersThe Bible, the Word of GodD.L. Moody said, The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.By reading, study, memorizing, we learn more faithEver notice the cognitive difference between secular and scriptural activities?

C. Three Shield-BuildersThrough PrayerTwo things to consider herePray for Gods Will we dont see the whole picture in difficulties Word of Faith teaches not to pray this way, but to speak your wishesAudacity, ignorance and blasphemy!

14This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 1 John 5:14-15, NASB

C. Three Shield-BuildersThrough PrayerTwo things to consider herePray for Gods WillDont pray with selfish reasonsGods Will the Father knows best!James 4:3

3You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. James 4:3, NASB

C. Three Shield-BuildersThrough PrayerTwo things to consider herePray for Gods WillDont pray with selfish reasonsGods Will the Father knows best!James 4:3Again Satan will do anything to stop you from praying

C. Three Shield-BuildersThrough Church FellowshipHebrews 10:24-25

24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25, NASB

C. Three Shield-BuildersThrough Church FellowshipHebrews 10:24-25I dont have to go to churchThe true believer wants to do what Jesus tells us to doWhat happens to you when you are trying to get ready for Church?Going to Church is Shield-Linking

D. After Trusting, stuff gets worseDid God drop the ball? Never!Remember the life/death decision Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had to make?Worship the image and live or

17If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up. Daniel 3:17-18, NASB

D. After Trusting, stuff gets worseDid God drop the ball? Never!Remember the life/death decision Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had to make?Worship the image and live orWas But if not lacking Faith?They knew that death was ok

D. After Trusting, stuff gets worseDeath is not the end for the Believer, 1 Corinthians 2:9

9but just as it is written,Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,And which have not entered the heart of man,All that God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9, NASB

D. After Trusting, stuff gets worseDeath is not the end for the Believer, 1 Corinthians 2:9I cant tell you how many funerals Ive been to that were celebrations, not grievingWe may not fully comprehend Gods purpose in our difficulty and suffering , but we cannot stop trusting in Him

Faith Principles to RememberFaith looks beyond circumstances, beyond ups and downs, feelings. Faith sees what God can do.Faith is believing God not only CAN do it, but that He WILL Keep your Shield of Faith up; continuing attacks of Satan are aimed at you

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