As we think about spiritual warfare, keep two things in mind. Number one, you don’t have a choice. We’re all in this battle, whether we want to be or not. Satan wants to destroy us, He is the enemy. Secondly, keep this in mind. God has not left us without equipment.
And so that’s why we are encouraged in Ephesians chapter six, to take on the whole armor of God. Each part of the armor is unique and special and has a purpose.
Today, I’d like to call your attention to Ephesians chapter six, and verse number 16, where the Bible says, in all circumstances, take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.
What an interesting expression. The shield of faith, the shield is unique, because it enables you to move it around it. You can protect yourself from many different directions from the sides, you can put it up or you can put it down. The shield is important to your protection.
And what is the shield faith? It’s just this, it’s leading God that he is and that He is a rewarder of them, who diligently seek Him. God will watch over you, God will protect you, God will keep you, God is in control. This is what faith is all about. In the faith that we have in him, is what will guard us against what is described here as the fiery or flaming darts of the evil one.
Now, this is important for us to think about for just a moment. The Flaming darts, what are they? Well, there’s no definition here. But I can imagine this I know often what Satan fires at me, he fires the darts of temptation. He fires the darts of discouragement. He fires the darts of lies. He fires the darts of anger and resentment.
What he wants to do, is wound us, he wants to bring us harm so that we cannot take a stand for Jesus Christ.
And so don’t forget your shield of faith. Whatever you’re facing today, or in the days ahead, just keep your eyes on the Lord. Trust him believe he’s there, and that he knows what’s best, and believe that he’s in control. And when Satan shoots those flaming darts at you, you place that shield of faith in front of those darts and God will give you the victory.