Ephesians 6:16 (ESV) – 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one
After putting on our shoes, we are called to pick up the shield of faith. Many people speak of faith as simply believing in something you want to be true. It can be anything and has not need to be based in reality. Just have faith. Just believe. However, that is not what the Bible speaks of as faith. Faith is putting your trust in something or someone because you are sure they are willing and able to save you. Faith is trusting in the promises of God because God is willing and able to fulfill those promises.
Our shield of faith is our confident trust in God to protect us from the evils we encounter in this world. God will save us from the “flaming darts of the evil one.” Just as we read in Psalm 91:3-6:
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
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