Published on January 17, 2008
The Whole Armor of God: The Whole Armor of God Put On! Ephesians 6:10-18 The Shield of Faith The Armor of God: The Armor of God The Armor of God: The Armor of God 10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. : 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. The Armor of God Slide5: The Armor of God 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Slide6: The Armor of God 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints Slide7: The Armor of God The Shield of Faith Most important defensive piece of Roman armor. In Greek named a “door”. Made of six layers of thick animal hide. Thick and durable as metal but light weight. Soaked in water before battle. Would extinguish flaming arrows upon impact. Slide8: The Armor of God The Shield of Faith Definition The Greek word for faith is “Pistis”. Means conviction of the truth. Belief; to believe. In NT it referred to a conviction or belief of a man’s relationship to God and divine things. Trust and holy fervor are born of faith. Slide9: The Armor of God The Shield of Faith 1John 5:4 “…And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.” So when do you win? Society teaches that you win when you get what you want when you want it. The Bible teaches that you win not when you get what you want, but the moment you believe. Slide10: The Armor of God The Shield of Faith Defining faith in practical terms, faith in God is: Trusting in God’s word as truth. Trusting that God will provide for our needs. Trusting that God will protect us from evil. Believing that God is with us and lives in us. Believing that Christ’s sacrifice paid the penalty for our sin, reconciling us to God. Believing that through faith we have Christ’s authority over evil powers. Slide11: The Armor of God The Shield of Faith Above all, taking (seizing) the shield of faith with which you will be able (have the power) to quench (extinguish) all the fiery darts of the wicked one. But what is faith? Hebrews 11:1. Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. Romans 10:7 Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Slide12: The Armor of God The Shield of Faith In our human weakness, we may find it difficult to trust and believe God as we should. Hebrews 12:2. God through our Lord Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith. We can and should ask God to build our faith. Mark 9:23-25 Slide13: The Armor of God The Shield of Faith – Enemies Tactics Primary tactic is to persuade us to believe lies. Once we believe lies, our shields are deactivated. The enemy gains access to our hearts. The devils goal is to persuade us to make our own provision instead of trusting God for His. The fiery darts (temptations) inflame our sinful desires (lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, pride of life) by stirring up our thoughts to fulfill them. Our faith based on God’s truth protects us because we don’t believe the lies of the enemy. Slide14: The Armor of God The Shield of Faith “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time”. 1 Peter 1:3-5 Slide15: The Armor of God The Shield of Faith Jesus explained faith as believing and receiving. Mark 11:23-24. Jesus said “believe when you pray”. If you have faith when you pray, it will come to pass. This is how we use the shield of faith! Slide16: The Armor of God The Shield of Faith We obtain the shield of faith by studying and hearing the Word of God. The word of God is what faith is based upon. You must speak (apply) the Word of God to your situation (circumstances) according to God’s truth. How do we express to God that we have faith while we are waiting for answers to prayers? We praise Him! Slide17: The Armor of God Conclusion – Building and EffectiveShield of Faith We must speak what we believe. 2 Corinthians 4:13-14. Reaffirm your faith in God every day. Maintain a daily intake of God’s Word. Use God’s word to destroy the enemies lies. Ask God the strengthen your faith.