Shield of Faith (Prayer)

image

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” ~Ephesians 6: 16, KJV
Sunscreen is at the top of the list of must-haves that we take with us to the beach. Many people will not leave their homes without applying sunscreen in order to protect their skin from harmful exposure to ultraviolet (UV) sunlight, which leads to sunburn and skin cancers. Ephesians 6: 16 tells us that our faith serves as a shield to protect us from the “fiery darts of the wicked”.
Our faith is a very important part of our armor that will shield us from all of the devil’s attacks, not just some of them! ALL OF THEM! Sunscreen is easy to apply, but for the purposes of illustrating how we can apply our faith, let’s use beach umbrellas as an example. If we are not actively putting our faith to work in our lives, our faith is as useful as a closed umbrella. A closed umbrella cannot offer shade or protection from the sun. If our hearts are closed to the Lord and we are not open to believing in His promises, faith will not work for us. In order for our faith to be effective, we must actively make it work for us. Telling ourselves or others that we have sunscreen is ineffective against the UV rays if we do not apply it to our skin. In like fashion, if we say we have faith or think that we have faith but do not take actions that demonstrate it, our faith is only a word!
We have to believe what God has promised us. If we believe, if we open our faith umbrellas, the darts from the wicked that are ultraviolent–because he means to see us crushed and destroyed–are deflected! The fire of his attacks is put out by the shield of our faith! Quenched!
If you’re feeling the heat bearing upon you in your marriage, please open your faith, and trust what God has to say about your situation. Seek His Word. Put up your “faith umbrella” and stand in the protective, cool shade of Your Father. Let your faith be your shield.
When the enemy tries to get you to focus on your trials by shooting fiery doubts into your midst, be prepared. Always have your faith umbrella opened, and bask in the shade of God’s grace.
~ Prayer ~
Thank You, dear Lord, that You have equipped us with protection from the enemy. We know that we will face trials and tribulations just as Jesus did when He walked as a Man. Show us how to put our faith to use. To not just say we believe in Your promises but to live and act our belief out in public and in our homes with our spouses and children. Lord, help us so that we are not like closed umbrellas. We want to be effectively demonstrating an active faith life inside our hearts and in the way we conduct ourselves. For those whose faith has been lost or damaged, Lord, restore their hope in You. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
©From Fear to Faith. Shield Yourself. Cassandra Salamone. All rights reserved. No reproduction.

Advertisements

Please let me know what you think about this :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s