by Eddie Snipes

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Take the Shield of Faith (3 of 5)
Eddie Snipes
Ephesians 6:16

Above all, take the shield of faith. We have already taken an in-depth look at faith so we won't go back into understanding what faith is, but rather how it applies to our spiritual battles. The Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God, but we also must realize that without faith it is impossible to live out the Christian life for it is the defense of the believer.

The Roman soldier carried a wooden shield on their forearm. A wooden shield was adequate for defense and much lighter than a brass or iron shield. With this shield the soldier repelled attacks from the enemy's sword, but they had a unique way of preparing for war. One of the tactics of warfare in the ancient world was to shoot flaming arrows at soldiers. These would set fire to the wood and cause serious problems for a soldier trying to focus on the battle at hand. In preparation for battle, the Romans would soak their shields in water so that when the flaming arrows would hit, they were immediately quenched.

As Christians we have to realize that the enemy will attack and if we are unprepared we will find ourselves on the defensive very quickly. Just think about the soldier that is partially equipped. They may repel the flaming dart, but when their shield is on fire, they are being attacked by an enemy with a sword and the battle is raging on every side, they will quickly be overwhelmed and would likely seek a way to retreat. In your Christian walk, have you ever felt like you were being hit from all directions? Most people can stand with confidence when they are facing one issue or problem, but it is hard to fight a battle while a fire is raging and attacks are coming in from many directions. It is hard to fight a battle when your shield is on fire. When we feel overwhelmed we want to retreat and surrender to defeat.

Faith is our shield that quenches the fiery darts of the enemy. The battle still rages, ...

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