Monday, September 27, 2010

Faith - Our Secret Weapon

“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” – Ephesians 6:16

Every morning I end my quiet time by praying the armor of God over myself for that day. This morning I stopped and lingered at the Shield of Faith, and I started thinking. Couldn’t we live our days more fully, with peace that passes understanding and joy as our strength if we really believed God on His Word more than we believed the appearance of our circumstances? The enemy sends his arrows in the form of worry, discouragement, depression, fear, and the list goes on and on. His job is to steal, kill and destroy, and he does that through circumstances that get us focused on the negative things instead of the truth. Jesus came so that we can have and enjoy abundant life.

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” – John 10:10 AMP

I don’t know about you, but I want my life to be marked by supernatural peace and joy. I don’t want to be tossed to and fro with the wind, but to be firmly planted in the Truth, believing God at His word and walking out my faith with perseverance, character, and hope....not whining and complaining with a defeated spirit.

So how do we do this? Ephesians 6:16 gives us the answer in black and white. With the Shield of Faith we can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. It doesn’t mean they won’t come – they will, but they don’t have to penetrate, to inflict, and to consume us. Our faith is our defense. Faith is what extinguishes the darts, reveals the lies, exposes the deception, and reminds us of our inheritance as children of God. Trusting in God, regardless of the assault that may come against us, is the thing that takes those flaming arrows, repels them and completely extinguishes them with the water of the Holy Spirit….His life, His truth alive in you.

This revelation makes me want to trust, believe, and face my enemy with courage. Faith extinguishes ALL….all means all. Everything he sends my way can be defeated by faith. We have been given the plan of victory. We are empowered and enabled to overcome any and everything that comes our way. Walk in faith and let your light shine. The light of peace, of joy, of love….the light of Christ.

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” – Matthew 5:14 NIV

Living by faith,