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Attitude of Faith (6 of 8)
Defeating the enemy in your life?
Introduction:"...In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one." (vs. 16)
The next thing we put on is the shield of faith. A shield in those days would be four feet long and about two feet wide. It was made out of layers of wood that would be tacked or glued or tied together.
The Bible says the shield of faith is there because the enemy sends those darts that have been dipped and pitched that are on fire, and they're trying to pierce those seals.
The devil, the enemy, is trying to get to us, so we take that wooden shield and it absorbs those fiery darts, it puts the fire, the sting, out.
We take those shields to protect ourselves from the enemies darts!
Those shields also mean we do not stand alone. I take my shield of faith, you take your shield of faith and we lock our shields. We overlap our shields, and we're lined up against the spear, against the arrow, against the fiery darts, against the bricks, because we stand together against the enemy in the Body of Christ!
One of the greatest college football coaches of all time was Knute Rockne, the head coach at Notre Dame for thirteen illustrious years. His teams played 121 games, won 105, tied 5 and lost only 12. Probably no other coach in history has totally dominated the game of college football like the "Rock." On one occasion a scout from another school missed his train and was unable to get to the game. Upon hearing about it, Rockne sent him a booklet containing the plays he planned to use, and attached a note. "It isn't the PLAY that wins. It's how well you remember the fundamentals." What's true in the game of football is also true in our Christian lives. If we want to experience the very best that God has for us, then we must continue to master the basics and focus on the fundamentals. nov98
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