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Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Shield of Faith

To fight the good fight of faith, you have to deliberately choose to put on the armor of God. The Word of God is your Truth to stand praying and believing for your promise against the deception of the enemy. The righteousness that Christ has given you guards your heart against the enemy’s lies and gives you the authority to crush the enemy’s tricks and innuendoes. When you allow the gospel of peace to claim your mind and heart, faith rises from within you to shield your mind from the enemy’s attempts to kill, steal, and destroy the abundant life that is yours in Christ.


“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:14-16, NKJV).


For the shield of faith to be effective, you must be fully convinced that it will quench the fiery darts aimed at your mind and heart by the wicked one. Each one of us has a measure of faith. Your faith in Christ will make you an overcomer. Hang on to your faith. When you are in a battle, your faith is what is tested. The enemy is trying to make you give up on your faith and what you believe. He wants you to say “believing and praying for my promise doesn’t work for me.” But faith does work for you!


Jesus told the centurion that his faith had healed his servant. He told the woman with an issue of blood that her faith had made her well. He told the two blind men that they would be healed according to their faith. When Jesus told the father of the demon-oppressed boy “all things are possible to him who believes,” the father cried out, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”


You have a measure of faith to believe and when you choose to believe with that measure of faith what the Word says is true, your belief in the promises of God matures and produces fruit. Your shield of faith is strengthened against the lies of the enemy. Do you realize you can have belief and unbelief at the same time? But when you choose to believe that all things are possible in Christ, your doubt—your unbelief is overshadowed. That measure of faith flourishes. 


“You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you” (Psalm 91:5-7, NKJV).  The shield of faith protects you from all evil that comes against you. 


When you activate your faith by choosing to believe in God’s Truth over what anyone says—over what the world says—over what the enemy says, you use your authority in Christ and put on the shield of faith. And with that shield, you extinguish all the evil with which the wicked one targets you.


Faith is more than enough to receive your promise. You just have to keep fighting the good fight of faith. If you are confused, KNOW that God is not the author of confusion! Never give up trusting Him, and don’t doubt. Trust God with every breath you take! We are all tempted by doubt but don’t give in.  Just know that when you are in a battle, your faith is tested. Fight, and if you get weary, don’t stay that way. Always reengage your shield of faith.


When you fight the good fight of faith, you put the Truth of your salvation on like a helmet to protect your thoughts. God’s Truth then continually renews your mind. When your mind is renewed by Truth instead of the enemy’s lies, the incorruptible seed of the Word, which is planted in your heart, grows and produces unshakeable faith that your promise is already yours.

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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