“And in addition to all this, take up the shield of faith.” (Ephesians 6:16, NIV) The Apostle Paul likens faith to a shield. In ancient warfare, soldiers carried rectangular oblong shields about the size of a door. A combatant could crouch behind it and gain protection for all parts of the body. The shield was a mission-essential piece of armor. In the spiritual realm, faith serves this function—faith activates the power and protection of God in all areas of our lives. Faith is belief and trust in God. It is by faith that you believe Jesus Christ died for your...
We have a powerful spiritual enemy who hates God and wants to destroy the human race. Jesus, Himself, alludes to the devil and his evil works numerous times. Scripture teaches us we cannot defeat the devil with physical weapons. We need spiritual weapons.
The Bible is a treasure chest of wisdom, knowledge, guidance, comfort, and so much more. God has much to say to you. From Genesis to Revelation, God speaks through compelling life stories, the history of nations, richly meaningful poetry, and eye-opening prophecy. And here’s a comforting reality—every word of God’s Word is intended to meet your need.
Faith is belief, but it goes further. It must be backed up by action—your action. It’s a decision you make to trust something or someone, and you follow by actions that prove your sincerity. Good questions to ask yourself about your faith are these: Am I placing my faith in the right place? Is the object or source of my faith reliable?
All of us have fears. But we don’t have to allow these fears to become life-controlling giants. Make up your mind to deal with them. Select one of the fears that’s really bothering you and take action to defeat it. As you have success by conquering one fear, you’ll start building confidence and momentum to deal with the next fear.