Shield of Faith

A wonderful rallying cry from Eliza, which will greatly encourage all brothers and sisters in Christ: “Faith, that God given faith resting solely and securely upon the Word of God which reveals to us our wonderful Savior with Whom we have glorious fellowship and daily intimate interaction, is therefore our able shield against the attacks of the enemy who assaults us with his fiery darts of unbelief and condemnation. Brothers and sisters take up your shield of faith with which you can extinguish all of the fiery darts of the enemy of our souls. To God be the glory! Amen!”

I hope this article blesses you as much as it did me.

holdingforthhisword

Beloved brothers and sisters, those who belong to Jesus Christ through repentant faith in the gospel of His salvation have always been the particular target of Satan, who hunts, harasses, and harms us through many different methods.  Some forms of attack have to do with persecution, some with temptation to sin, others with deception through false teaching, and many through spiritual attack in the battleground of our hearts and minds.  Our beloved Savior, Jesus, has given us all that we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him.  This knowledge is based upon our faith in Him and His Word, the inspired, preserved, infallible, inerrant Word of God the Bible, and the Holy Spirit’s illumination of His Word to our hearts and our minds.  This faith, given to us by God our Father, is a mighty defensive weapon in our arsenal of protective gear given to us to…

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Stand strong in the Lord spiritually

I confess that this article is just as much self-help as it is written to benefit others. Much of the information in it was taken from the following biblically sound, ever-encouraging website http://www.gotquestions.org:

http://www.gotquestions.org/spiritual-warfare.html

A few nights ago I had a nightmare that made me awaken disturbed and shaking. In it, demons persecuted me mercilessly. They then attempted to drown a man in my dream who was helping me. Unfortunately I tried to save the man using my own power – which turned out to be woefully inadequate – not the Lord’s.

So how do we stand against the forces of darkness? What tools has the Kingdom of Light given us to deal with them effectively? Ephesians 6:10-12 outlines the spiritual armour God has kindly provided to His followers. The first thing to note is that in dealing with evil, we must stand in God’s might, not our own. Even Michael the archangel in Jude 9 did not rebuke Satan in his own power, but said, “The Lord rebuke thee!” He rebuked Satan in God’s name and authority, not his own.

It is only through our relationship with Jesus Christ that Christians have any authority over Satan and his demons. It is only in His name that our rebuke has any power. As it is written:

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock (ie. the belief in – and confession of – Jesus as the Son of God) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)

Ephesians 6:13-18 gives a description of the spiritual armour God gives us. We are to stand firm with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation (assurance), the Sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God), and by praying in the Spirit.

What do these pieces of spiritual armour represent in spiritual warfare? We are to speak the truth against Satan’s lies. We are to rest in the fact that we are declared righteous because of Christ’s sacrifice for us. We are to proclaim the gospel no matter how much resistance we receive. We are not to waver in our faith, no matter how strongly we are attacked. Our ultimate defence is the assurance we have of salvation, an assurance that no spiritual force can take away. Our offensive weapon is the Word of God, not our own opinions and feelings. We are to follow Jesus’ example in recognising that some spiritual victories are only possible through prayer.

Jesus is our ultimate example for spiritual warfare. In Matthew 4:1-11 each temptation was answered in the same way – with the words “it is written.” Jesus knew the Word of the living God is the most powerful weapon against the temptations of the devil. If Jesus Himself used the Word to counter the devil, do we dare to use anything less?

The ultimate example of how NOT to engage in spiritual warfare is the seven sons of Sceva (Acts 19:13-16). They were not relying on Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, and they were not employing the Word of God in their spiritual warfare. As a result, they received a humiliating beating. May we learn from their bad example and conduct spiritual warfare as the Bible instructs.