...take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. -Ephesians 6:16
You may already be familiar with the verse above, perhaps you even know how to take up your shield of faith. Can I take a you a bit further in scripture so your understanding of the shield has a fuller meaning.
...he is a shield to those who walk in blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. -Proverbs 2:7-8
Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. - Proverbs 30:5
..."Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward." -Genesis 15:1
You are my refuge and my shield, I have put my hope in your word. - Psalm 119:114
Psalms is full of references of how our Father is our shield. So many of us refer to our shield of faith as something that involves our own strength, that it's power is dependent on our faith or lack there of. What God's Word says over and over, is that He is our shield. He is were we draw a faith from. We have faith in Him and not of what we can do on our own. On our own a shield is heavy, on our own our shield is hard to carry, on our own our shield requires maintain and work to keep it sturdy and functional.
With God as our shield, our faith is unwavering. It may be heavy for us but for God we need only stand behind it.
With God as our shield, we have faith to move forward.
With God as our shield, we have faith to get closer to the enemy with our Sword.
With God as our shield, we have faith that are protected.
With God as our shield, we have faith that we are hidden from attacks.
With God as our shield, we have faith that He can give us rest during battle.
With God as our shield, we have faith that we are not alone.
With God as our shield, we have faith we are cared for and never forgotten.
With God as our shield, we have faith that the enemy will let down his own guard.
The shield was large, usually about 4 feet by two feet. It was made of wood, and covered in tough leather. It as curved and polished so that it was slick. As the solider held it before him, it protected him from spears, arrows, and fiery darts. The edges were designed so that they could interlock others and form a larger barrier against the enemy. This suggests that as Christians it is important to bring our Shield of Faith to battle when we meet together and that we do not battle alone. The faith mentioned here is not a "saving" faith, it is a living faith. It is trust in the promises and power of God.
Faith is a defensive weapon that protects us from Satan's fiery darts that are directed at our hearts and minds: lies, blasphemous thoughts, doubts, desire for sin, and hateful thoughts towards others. It is our faith that quenches these darts. We never know when the Devil will fire a dart but sure enough he is looking for an opportunity. He's look for you to let your guard down. This is why we must always walk by faith and use our God given shield.
I can recall one particular time that my husband and I both let our guards down. We received such an attack that we didn't know if we could survive it. We were both so very wounded and hurt. Our brokenness was exposed and it all came at a time when we were walking the very path God had called us too. We are following direction from the Lord in our lives. One that changed the history and make up of our family simply because we stayed the course. We let God heal, we showed Him our wounds and battle scars. By His stripes, we were healed, our marriage was healed. We may have had our helmets on and our swords ready but without our shield the enemy gained entry into parts of us that hurt the deepest.
Our God is Mighty! He is loving and forgiving. Praise Jesus!
Our Heavenly Father would not tell us to not be afraid over and over if He didn't understand our nature of fear, worry, anxiety and how we get dry mouth, cold heath, sweaty palms all wrapped up with a racing heartbeat when ever we are under attack. The Devil is fully aware of how we react in dire situations. This is why he is hiding and lurking, waiting for the perfect moment to attack. He's waiting for that moment when you say "I got this God. I'm good now."
God is always there. He is listening to your prayers for your marriage. He hears your cries for protection. He is ready to reaffirm to you His promises for your marriage and light the way in His direction. When you pray, it's your opportunity to lay wide open your fears so that He can cover them and protect you from them. His promises for your future are protected, He is your shield. Don't let your fears and mangled thoughts steer you off the path He has for you, call on Him to be your protector. Hit your knees and rest within Him when the battle is too much, when the arrows keep coming, hit your knees and let Him cover you with your shield of faith.
Father, I choose today to be a victor with Your as my protector. I refuse to be a victim of circumstances surrounding my marriage and in life. Lord, I lift my marriage and my husband up to you today so that you may cover them. Protect us from the fiery darts the Devil has seen fit to aim at us. Release your power and glory upon my husband and I. I will raise my voice to You and enter Your Heavenly throne room until I see a revival in my marriage like no other . I will not be moved, afraid, or shaken. I will rest in You and beneath your protection. My shield of faith is You Father and all of your promises. Let the light of Your glory shine and flood our marriage so that others can see what is possible. Lord whatever adversity we face, help us face it together, help us to lock our shields and move forward during battle to slay the enemy and be overcome only by the power of Your love for us. Thank you Jesus, Amen.
I am married to my high school sweetheart. We've been pressing ahead together for over 24 years. We have 5 beautiful children; 3 by my own body and 2 through foster to adopt. I wrote this Bible study in 2009, years ago, for myself and shared it on my blog. It is very dear to my heart. It's been tweaked and edited many times and I'm proud to be bringing it back to you. Over the years I received countless emails from women who credited this study with changing their marriage for the better. Since removing it from my old blog I have received just as many emails asking when it would return. I hope you enjoy spending your time in God's Word with me.