“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand…take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:13, 16, NIV).
So far in this “Armor of God” series, we’ve looked at what Paul refers to as “the belt of truth”, “the breastplate of righteousness”, and “feet fitted with the readiness” of the gospel (Ephesians 6:14-15, NIV). Today we are discussing another piece of battle equipment, namely “the shield of faith” (Ephesians 6:16, NIV).
As Christians, we are under the continual assault of Satan. He is relentless in his barrage of attacks. Without faith in Christ, we stand no chance against this ancient marksman as he fires the arrows of temptation and deception with deadly accuracy.
Still, God does not leave us defenseless. We stand equipped for this spiritual onslaught, protected by “the shield of faith” (Ephesians 6:15, NIV). Ultimately, Jesus has already won the battle against the Devil, and Satan’s attempts to destroy us are futile. Through faith in what Jesus has already done for us at the cross, we are ready for the enemy’s advance.
So, lift-up your shield, and believe that you hold the victory. Evil is no match when faith and God are on your side!