Faith is a gift from God.
Let us not fool ourselves into thinking that we have the power to create it.
However God has given us the power to develop it and that can only be fed by staying in His Word. We are too weak to cultivate our faith on our own because the devil and our flesh are in a constant battle to keep us loyal to the ways of the world.
But this gift, if cultivated correctly, can be a main source of motivation, uplift and strength needed to endure all that may come our way.
This scripture in Ephesians 6 talks about putting on the full armor of God.
But in this devotion we are concentrating on one piece of equipment and that is our Shield of Faith.
In movies, you see warriors with their swords, helmets and shields in battle. But what I noticed about the shield is that it is available and ready even during surprising situations.
For example a soldier, during those times, could be asleep but if he is awakened and found himself in danger, he could quickly grab his shield, swing it around and protect himself from whatever is thrown in his direction.
But now the shield the soldier possessed would have to be of good material.
Any old shield would not be able to protect him from many of the weapons that would come his way.
For example, a wooden shield would do little to protect from flaming arrows. Now, keep that in mind as we continue.
This is what happens to us on a daily basis.
Church on Sunday has excited us and made us hopeful upon hearing the Good News. But on Monday things are thrown at us in all different directions and when we are hit by these distractions, these flaming darts. These darts cause us injuries of distrust; injuries of lost hope; injuries of anger and malice.
Some of our shields are made out of anger. Weapons to ignite that anger will be thrown and there is no protection.
Some of our shields are made out of revenge. Weapons of a ‘never ending battle’ where the thirst for revenge is never quenched are thrown.
But when we have our shield of FAITH; we have a shield made of the best material.
No matter the weapon the wicked form and throw, its power will be extinguished under the might of God’s power in the shield formed by your faith.
Remember God loves you!
The same way you dress your children accordingly for the cold bitter weather outside on a winter day; God dresses you; provides you with the equipment you need to battle any element.
Always utilize that equipment; always wear your armor.
Your gifts from On High!
May God continue to give you strength, wisdom and direction on your journey in Christ name.
Until next time, live in peace!
-Billy & Yolanda
P.S.- We pray that this Holiday Season is the BEST ever for you and your family! We are looking forward to connecting with you in the coming year! Happy Holiday's!
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Authors Billy & Yolanda
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