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2294 The shield of faith

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one, Ephes 6:16 ESV

We’re looking at the “armour of God” and have already discussed the belt, the breastplate and the shoes. Now Paul turns to the “shield of faith”. The Roman soldier’s shield was made of wood, leather and metal and strong enough to protect against most blows by the enemy’s weapons. At about ten kilogram it wasn’t light, but it was of life saving importance to learn to use it effectively. The same goes for our faith. Faith is something we need to learn and to practice – it’s a discipline. We build faith intentionally, by (1) reading and internalizing God’s Word, understanding and confessing it’s truth, (2) by experiencing the Lord in our crises as a good and trustworthy God, and (3) by deliberately acting in faith, despite our feelings or circumstances. The more you practice your faith, the easier it will become! Don’t let the enemy’s flaming arrows harm your faith – use your shield!

Help me to become strong in faith, Lord – immovable, like a tree standing at the water. Amen.

Stand strong in faith!

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