The Shield of Faith Ephesians 610-18 2 The Armor of God 3 The Armor of God 10Finally my brethren be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 4 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities against powers against the rulers of the darkness of this age against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. The Armor of God 5 The Armor of God 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand. 14Stand therefore having girded your waist with truth having put on the breastplate of righteousness 15and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace 16above all taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 6 The Armor of God 17And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God 18praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints 7 The Armor of God The Shield of Faith
Most important defensive piece of Roman armor.
In Greek named a door.
Made of six layers of thick animal hide.
Thick and durable as metal but light weight.
Soaked in water before battle.
Would extinguish flaming arrows upon impact.
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The Greek word for faith is Pistis.
Means conviction of the truth.
Belief to believe.
In NT it referred to a conviction or belief of a mans relationship to God and divine things.
Trust and holy fervor are born of faith.
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1John 54 And this is the victory that has overcome the world our faith.
So when do you win
Society teaches that you win when you get what you want when you want it.
The Bible teaches that you win not when you get what you want but the moment you believe.
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Defining faith in practical terms faith in God is
Trusting in Gods word as truth.
Trusting that God will provide for our needs.
Trusting that God will protect us from evil.
Believing that God is with us and lives in us.
Believing that Christs sacrifice paid the penalty for our sin reconciling us to God.
Believing that through faith we have Christs authority over evil powers.
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Above all taking (seizing) the shield of faith with which you will be able (have the power) to quench (extinguish) all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
But what is faith Hebrews 111.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.
Romans 107 Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
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In our human weakness we may find it difficult to trust and believe God as we should.
God through our Lord Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith.
We can and should ask God to build our faith.
13 The Armor of God The Shield of Faith Enemies Tactics
Primary tactic is to persuade us to believe lies.
Once we believe lies our shields are deactivated.
The enemy gains access to our hearts.
The devils goal is to persuade us to make our own provision instead of trusting God for His.
The fiery darts (temptations) inflame our sinful desires (lust of the flesh lust of the eyes pride of life) by stirring up our thoughts to fulfill them.
Our faith based on Gods truth protects us because we dont believe the lies of the enemy.
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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never perish spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you who through faith are shielded by Gods power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 13-5
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Jesus explained faith as believing and receiving.
Jesus said believe when you pray.
If you have faith when you pray it will come to pass.
This is how we use the shield of faith!
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We obtain the shield of faith by studying and hearing the Word of God.
The word of God is what faith is based upon.
You must speak (apply) the Word of God to your situation (circumstances) according to Gods truth.
How do we express to God that we have faith while we are waiting for answers to prayers
We praise Him!
17 The Armor of God Conclusion Building and EffectiveShield of Faith
We must speak what we believe.
2 Corinthians 413-14.
Reaffirm your faith in God every day.
Maintain a daily intake of Gods Word.
Use Gods word to destroy the enemies lies.
Ask God the strengthen your faith.
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