Saturday, March 28, 2009
ABOVE ALL (ARMOR OF GOD Cont.)
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Now, we come to the piece of armor that Paul says we need to take above everything else, the shield of faith.
Two basic questions:
"What is a shield used for?"
"What is faith?"
Well, a shield blocks incoming arrows. Paul calls them the fiery darts of the wicked. Satan and his minions are constantly throwing their fiery darts at us: Lust, Greed, Anger, Bitterness, Unforgiveness, Disease, Hatred, Ungodliness, Doubt, Deception, and you name it, it is coming at us. Anything that will separate us from the center of God's will and fellowship with Christ, they are going to hurl at us to keep us from living up to our God-given potential and high calling in Christ. So, how do we overcome?
That is where faith comes in. 1 John 5:4 states, "For whatever is born of God, overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith." Faith simply is believing in something we can't yet see, because we know that we soon will see it. Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." The great Preacher Manley Beasley used to say that faith was not praying God give me, but God open my eyes to see that I already have it! True faith is seeing what is not their, as if it is there, because it is there!
AND THAT IS EXACTLY HOW WE ARE TO LIVE OUR LIVES!
When it comes to prayer - pray in faith. If it's a genuine and true need, God's already promised to supply it, so believe that it is already on the way.
When it comes to temptation, believe you're going to escape it, and start looking for the way of escape that God promises in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that he would supply!
When it comes to trials and tribulations, start believing to see the good that God has promised to work in it. And in doing so, we will overcome the world, and quench all the fiery darts that our enemy has to throw our way!
This week, let's walk by faith and not by sight. Let us live life to the fullest by faith in Christ!