The Armor of God—Part Three

The Shield of Faith

For the Christian, the shield for battle is faith. Faith is our key to all spiritual armor. God gives us faith to deflect all of Satan’s fiery darts that are sent to cause us to doubt, to be distressed, depressed and disappointed.

Our faith in Christ is our shield and our defense:

“As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.” (Psalm18: 30)

“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” (Proverbs 30:5)

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4)

Without faith, Satan will find the “cracks” in our armor and take aim. We must always remember the Shield of Faith.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” (Ephesians 6:16)

We arm ourselves with the Shield of Faith when we take what God has given us in His Word to live a victorious Christian life. The Shield of Faith will protect us from Satan’s darts of discouragement, mistrust, lies, rumors, gossip and all types of temptation.

In Hebrews 12:2 we read “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

We need to keep our eyes on Christ, and exercise and practice an active faith.

The Helmet of Salvation

 We put on The Helmet of Salvation to protect our mind from Satan’s many attacks. The helmet encompasses more than the initial moment of salvation when you were born again—it covers all of salvation past, present and future. We put on the mind of Christ, who lived and conquered this world. Satan tries to wear us down and corrupt our minds with temptations and false teaching. Spiritual warfare is not fought like an earthly war.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations; and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2Corinthians 10:3-5)

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15)

The battlefield for spiritual warfare is in the mind, where good and evil thoughts compete. We will need our biblical defense of a strong and robust faith.

“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:24)

The Helmet of Salvation is the wisdom of God revealed in Christ.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)

What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Old Testament scholar Tremper Longman provided this definition in the book How to Read Proverbs (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.)

“Wisdom is the skill of living. It is a practical knowledge that helps one know how to act and how to speak in different situations. Wisdom entails the ability to avoid problems, and the skill to handle them when they present themselves. Wisdom, includes the ability to interpret other peoples speech and writing in order to react correctly to what they are saying to us.”

If we can respond to an unexpected situation as Christ would, we would be considered as having biblical wisdom.

The Book of Proverbs tells us:

“When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee. (Proverbs 2:10-11)

“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.” (Proverbs 3:13)

“For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.” (Proverbs 8:11)

As we prepare to minister to those in need, we need to keep in mind Paul’s advice to Timothy:

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2Timothy 3:15)

Satan’s target is our mind. As Christians, Satan likes to play mind games with us. We must renew our mind at every opportunity, as stated in 2 Corinthians 10:5:

“Casting down imaginations; and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

The Sword of The Spirit

The “Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17) is the only offensive weapon we have in God’s armory. This verse from Ephesians tells us that the “sword” is really words or phrases from the Bible that provide spiritual protection.

Matthew 4:1-11 details Christ’s encounter with Satan in the wilderness when the “evil one” tried to tempt Christ. Each time Satan tempted Christ, the Lord responded with “It is written” and quoted scripture from the Book of Deuteronomy. Satan cannot respond when he is assaulted with Scripture.

Make your own list of “swords”—areas where Satan would consider you vulnerable, find Bible verses that relate to those areas, write them down, and commit as many as you can to memory so you’ll be ready to use them when Satan attacks.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  (James 4:7)

The On-going Need for Prayer as a Christian Warrior

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. “(Ephesians 6:18)

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with Thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2)

Prayer is an essential for the spiritual warrior. The Warrior’s Prayer (by an unknown author) reminds us that if we are persistent in prayer, we’ll be ready for victory in the battle of spiritual warfare.

THE WARRIOR’S PRAYER (Based on Ephesians 6)

Heavenly Father, Your warrior prepares for battle.

Today, I claim victory over Satan by putting on the whole armor of God!

I put on the Belt of Truth.

May I stand firm in the truth of Your Word so I will not be a victim of Satan’s lies.

I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness.

May I guard my heart from evil so I will remain pure and holy, protected under the blood of Jesus Christ.

I put on the Sandals of Peace.

May I go out and proclaim the good news of the Gospel so Your peace will shine through me and be a light to all I encounter.

I take the Shield of Faith.

May I be ready to deflect Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, denial and deceit so I will not be vulnerable to spiritual defeat.

I put on the Helmet of Salvation.

May I keep my mind focused on You so Satan will not have a stronghold on my thoughts.

I take the Sword of the Spirit.

May the two-edged sword of Your Word be ready in my hands so I can use it to take authority over the enemy.

By faith, Your warrior has put on the whole armor of God.

I am prepared to live this day in spiritual victory.

Amen.

(Author unknown)

All Glory to God

His humble servant   Lee M Buchanan