Last time we looked at not only the necessity of the Armor of God for the believer, and also we began to address what the armor is composed of. This time, we continue looking at the pieces of armor…
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
I love this one. In ancient martial battles, shields were essential in combat because they were effectively a first line of defense against attack. In the case of the Romans, their shields were typically overlaid with linen or leather. Because the shield was so important, and because it could often sustain some measure of damage during engagements, soldiers were of the habit of inspecting their shields between conflict and repairing these blemishes, strengthening their protection against the next incursion. In this context, how often do we examine our shield of faith? As Misler put it, do you have a hole in your shield, some weak spot that you have been neglecting, that the enemy is just itching for a chance to strike at? How sturdy is your shield of faith? Do you need to work on some areas? Do you need to spend some time in study in the Word to find answers to concerns you may have, or resolution to troublesome notions? I beg you, resolve those issues, friends. Work on your shield diligently and be prepared for the battle that you are constantly faced with!
Paul continues on in verse 17:
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
What is our helmet of salvation? What does a helmet do? I’m not a soldier. I’ve never seen combat and I pray I never do, but I am very familiar with the necessity of a helmet and what it means to have one. No matter if its a helmet or a hardhat, they give one a degree of confidence against trouble. It grants a measure of security, peace of mind. Applied spiritually, our helmet of salvation is our assurance of our redemption! We should know in our heart that our victory is assured through out beloved Savior. We have been sealed by the Holy Spirit, and the knowledge of that is one of our strongest lines of defense against the forces of darkness. Consider Romans 8, verses 31-39:
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Know in your heart that you are saved. Know that you are in God’s hand. If you have any doubt about that fact, then I urge you to pray about it and speak to someone about that. If I can help, or you just want to talk, let me know.
The Message continues next time…
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