The Armor of God- Shield of Faith

“Above all taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Ephesians 6:16

“Above all” means that this piece of our armor is absolutely essential for warfare which is described as fiery darts from evil spiritual enemies. What are these fiery darts? Essentially, they are the lies and accusations these wicked adversaries aim at our minds and hearts; and if we are not fully believing in God’s goodness, power, love, and protection over us, these darts will find their mark. We may experience such thoughts as, “I will never overcome this” or “God does not hear my prayers concerning _________.” Notice, these thoughts sound like we are telling ourselves these things, but that is not always the case; after all, the enemy is deceitful and cunning and is well able to disguise his lies as if they were our own thoughts. When these attacks happen, we can bolster our faith by remembering how faithfully God has helped us in the past, using those times as convincing proof of His faithfulness to us.

Numbers 23:19 declares, “God is not a man that He should lie…hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken and not make it good?” Thus it is evident that another extremely powerful bolster to our faith is to know God’s promises and to meditate on His absolute fidelity in keeping them. When temptation comes, looking up in the Bible promises that particularly address the current “darts” that are assaulting our thoughts and perhaps saying them aloud will inevitably strengthen our protective shield of faith.

Finally, seeking out others who can impart Biblical wisdom and encouragement can multiply and solidify our ability to “quench” (protect against and eradicate) the condemnation spiritual enemies hurl our way: