Norma Poore continues her series on Using God’s Armor to Combat Fear with our shield of faith. She started with an introduction to the series, discussion of the Belt of Truth and Breastplate of Righteousness, then the need for our Shoes of Readiness.
My Shield of Faith was Tested
A few months ago, I received a phone call that rocked my world and required me to use my shield of faith as Paul discusses in Ephesians.
I would have to change or stop the things I enjoyed:
- Leading Bible studies in my home
- Attending conferences
- Going out with girlfriends
I cried. Prayed. Read the Bible. Repeated this process for nearly three hours before I surrendered to the change God had set before me.
Why did my heart ache over this change? I was afraid. I didn’t know what was next. The unknown created a bolder-sized burden of fear.
God would win the battle, better to surrender than have continued to fight. It was better to use my shield of faith, than to continue in my own strength and make a big mess.
I said, “Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.” I needed to surrender. I could not do what God wanted on my own.
Abraham’s Sacrifice–His Shield of Faith
In Genesis 22:2, God tells Abraham to offer his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice on a mountain in the land of Moriah. Abraham doesn’t argue. He has his shield of faith and obeys. Abraham bound his son’s body, placed it on the altar, and was willing to kill him in obedience to God. But God intervened. He provided a ram in the thicket. According to Hebrews 11:19, Abraham believed God would resurrect Isaac and this is why he was willing to sacrifice his only son. I believe God wanted to make sure Isaac had not become an idol to Abraham.
My Sacrifice–Raising My Shield of Faith
God led me to Moriah, asked me to put my hopes and dreams on the altar. He wanted to know if I would walk in faith. Tears fell down my cheeks as I walked in obedience with my shield of faith up. Thirty minutes later I learned the change that caused such fear would not happen.
God provided, for me, a ram in the thicket. God resurrected my dreams. No words can explain the utter joy that flooded my heart. Not because the change would not happen, but I was able to overcome fear with faith.
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This incident happened a few days after I taught about the shield of faith mentioned in Ephesians 6:16. I had the information God knew was needed for this trial. The Holy Spirit prompted me to be still and allow Him to quench the fiery darts of fear the enemy hurled my way.
Paul says in Ephesians 6:16 (AMPLIFIED), “Lift up over head the (covering) shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].”
The Roman Shield
The Greek work for shield in this verse is thureos from root thura, which means door. The shield Paul spoke of was rectangle shaped, four feet high by two and a half feet wide. It was made of two layers of wood glued together, covered with leather, and bound or riveted with iron on the edges. Before battle, the soldiers wet the leather with water so the fiery darts launched at them would be extinguished.
Sometimes, as the army headed to the battle ground, they would make a tight formation. The men in the front would hold their shields in front of them as they stood shoulder to shoulder, shield to shield. The rest of the men fell in line behind the front row, with shields over their heads. Thus, they were well protected from the fiery darts of their enemy.
Christians’ Shield of Faith
God showed me the Christian’s shield of faith is covered with Jesus, the living water. He puts out the fiery missiles of fear launched by the evil one. What is my responsibility here? It is to stand behind my shield of faith and allow Christ to fight for me.
At times, I need my Christian friends to come alongside and protect me with their shields while they intercede for me in prayer.
My friend, surrender your fear of change to God. Stand firm behind your shield in faith and watch the wonderful things He will do.
What does standing behind your shield of faith look like in your life?
Norma Poore, Contributing Writer
Norma lives in North Carolina with her husband of 36 years, David. They have six children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren, who are the best in all the world. She loves being with her family, relaxing at the beach, reading, learning new things, and hearing God’s voice. The Lord is teaching Norma not to fear. He will provide everything needed for the journey for which He has called her. The verse He has given her is Isaiah 41:10 NASB, “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you surely I will help you, surely, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
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