So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.—Romans 10:17
In Ephesians 6:16, Paul refers to “the shield of faith.” Prayerfully, we must ask ourselves this question: How does faith act as a protective shield? First of all, we must understand what faith is and how the word is being used here by Paul.
A little boy, when asked to give a definition of faith, said: “Faith is believing something you know isn’t true.” Well, that is precisely what faith is not! Faith is believing what you know to be true! But it is even more than that—it is acting on what you know to be true.
Some people see faith as something vague and mysterious, but faith is one of the Christian’s most practical commodities. Take this verse, for example: “… faith without works is dead” (Jms 2:26). There is always the element of activity in faith; it prompts us to action. “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen” (Heb 11:1).
Taking the shield of faith, then, is responding to the things the Devil hurls at us by the quick application of what we believe about God and His Word, the Bible. When Satan sends his “flaming arrows” in our direction, we can either stand and lament the fact that we are being attacked, or quickly raise the shield of faith and remind ourselves that the Devil is a liar from the very beginning. We affirm that because we are redeemed by the blood of Christ, the Devil has no legal or moral right to taunt us. But believing this is not enough; it must be acted on—and acted on quickly.
Father, I see that when Satan throws his “flaming arrows” at me, I must act and act quickly. Help my faith to be so strong that it will not need a “jump start” to get it going. This I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
How are we justified?
Write out your definition of faith.