The Shield of Faith - part of the Armor of God
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The Shield of Faith
"At all times carry faith as a shield."
(Eph 6:16)

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Raise your shield of faith!

"At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to
put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. "(Eph 6:16)

The word 'arrows' correctly could have been translated as 'missiles' or 'darts'. A missile is any kind of weapon that is projected to a distance by the hand, such as a javelin or spear; or by a bow, as an arrow; or by a sling, such as a stone. Some think that poisoned arrows may be referred to, which are called fiery from the burning heat produced in the bodies of those who were wounded by them.

Burning arrows

It is likely that the arrows that the apostle referred to were those that had
heads of lead, in or about which some combustible materials were placed.

These used to be shot by enemies into houses or ships, in order to burn them. Theses arrows were designed to stick to the shields and set them on fire. The soldier carrying the shield was then forced to cast it away, and thus became defenseless.

The temptations of the wicked one, Satan, are like these burning arrows.

The burning arrows of the wicked are evil thoughts, strongly injected into the mind. They may be compared to arrows because they come suddenly and swiftly; thick and fast. These arrows are very numerous, and where they stick they can be very troublesome, causing pain and grief. They are called burning because they serve to inflame the passions into acts of transgression such as lust, anger and revenge and to excite the soul into sinning. If theses thoughts are not repelled, they would bring everlasting burning in hell.

Satan wants to destroy everything in you that reminds him of Jesus!

  • Your right standing with God.

  • Your hope of salvation through faith.

  • Your knowledge of the Truth.

  • Your confession of the faith in Word of God.

  • Your proclamation of the Good News of peace.

The shield of faith

The shield of faith is here compared to the great oblong shield, called a scutum,
which covered and protected the whole body. The shield of faith thus also covers all the other pieces of the armor of God, providing double protection.

 To quench or extinguish burning missiles, the shields that were ordinarily made from skins or hides of animals were either soaked in water or covered with metal on the outside, thus preventing the fire from catching hold on the shield. The shields were used not only to repel the enemy's weapons, but also to attack the enemy by hitting him with it or pushing him aside.

Faith is like a precious golden shield.

Just like the soldier's shield covered his other pieces of armor, the shield of faith is the grace by which all other pieces of the armor of God are preserved and rendered active. Like the shields of the mighty men, by which mighty things are done, the believer uses faith to repel and conquer the enemy.

Faith is the evidence of things unseen.  Every genuine believer has the assurance that God has blotted out his sins and that he can call God his Father. The shield of faith is used to quench the fiery darts of Satan's temptations; so that they may not have the malignant influence they are designed for.
This is usually done on the grounds of the blood of Christ.

 "No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek him." (Heb 11:6)

God is our shield of faith, through faith in Christ

 God himself is our shield. The love and favor of God encompass the saints as a shield.

Christ, His blood, His righteousness and His sacrifice is the saints' protection. He offers security from the wrath of God, divine justice, and eternal death. The Christian who fights the fight of faith and who walks so as to feel the witness of God�s Spirit that he is His child, will hate all evil thoughts.

An appropriating faith such as this will quench any dart of the devil. Though they pass through his mind, they will never fix in his passions. They are caught on this shield of faith, blunted and extinguished. The Word of God is a shield against false doctrines, and the schemes of Satan.

"God keeps every promise he makes. He is like a shield for all who seek his protection." (Pro 30:5)

"But you, GOD, shield me on all sides; You ground my feet, you lift my head high." (Psa 3:3 MSG)

"The LORD is my protector; he is my strong fortress. My God is my protection, and with him I am safe. He protects me like a shield; he defends me and keeps me safe." (Psa 18:2)

The shield of faith makes the difference.

"When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it,
 and you will be given whatever you ask for." (Mar 11:24)

 "Every child of God is able to defeat the world.
And we win the victory over the world by means of our faith." (1Jo 5:4)

"Anything that is not based on faith is sin." (Rom 14:23)

The beginning and the end of our faith is Christ himself.
He is the armor of God, therefore He is also the shield of faith.


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