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May 9, 2014

May 9, 2014

"God's Shield of Faith Provides Protection"

“At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the evil one.”  Ephesians 6: 16 GNT

What does Paul mean by that?  There are all kinds of arrows coming at us all the time.  Satan uses them to plant the following thoughts into our minds:

Doubt – You start asking yourself, “Did God really say that?  Can I trust Him?”

Discouragement – Satan tells you, “You’re never going to get any better.  There’s no sense even trying.”

Delay – You wonder, “Why is this taking so long?  Why isn’t it working out the way I want it to?”

Difficulty – You wonder, “Why is it so hard?  Why isn’t my marriage working?  What’s so hard about getting a new job?”

Depression – You tell yourself, “It’s not worth it.  There’s no sense making any effort at all.”

These are the arrows Satan uses to produce uncertainty in you life.  You’d better be ready for them.  So what’s the antidote?

The shield of faith.  It’s really your only protection.  It can be expressed in a simple way, “trust God.”

In short, you’ll need to doubt your doubts and believe your beliefs.  Most people do just the opposite.  Boy does that hurt you.

When you doubt it creates an opening for Satan to get into your life.

When you keep your shield of faith with you at all times it can fend off that arrow of doubt, and all the others that Satan wants to use.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don