Take Up the Shield of Faith
Today's Daily Devotion - July 13, 2022
By Khai Samante
“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one . ” — Ephesians 6:16
Paul commanded the Ephesian believers to always put on the full armor of God in order to defend themselves against evil schemes. The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit were all depicted as part of God’s full armor. This is how we should react in the face of spiritual warfare.
We never know when the devil will attack, but we can always have victory through God. First, we must anchor ourselves in the gospel’s belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, and “combat boots.” All three are necessary in order to take up the shield of faith. Faith, according to Paul, is a shield that protects us from the wicked one’s fiery darts, those persistent efforts of demonic foes to weaken us through fear and unbelief. When the enemy attacks, we cannot afford to be passive and do nothing. We must confront him. We submit ourselves to God and His Word, and we resist the devil, and he flees (see James 4:7).
In all circumstances, we should be ready!