About the shield, Paul writes in Ephesiansn6:16 ” In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil”
In Paul’s time the Roman Soldier’s shield was as large as a door and would cover the warrior’s entire body. The shield was used as a defensive implement as well as to push oponents.
The shield is clearly a vital tool to the soldier. It provides a blanket of protection. It is the first barrier against the enemy’s attack. Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. Verse 6 of Hebrews 11 stresses the importance of faith, ” without faith it is impossible to please God.”
Satan’s attacks can sometimes cause us to doubt God. Faith prompts us to believe God. We give in to temptation when we believe what we are being tempted with is better than what God has promised.
Faith reminds us that, though fulfillment of God’s promises may not be readily visible to us. God is true to His word. When Satan attempts to plague us with doubt or entice us with instant gratification, faith recognizes the deceptiveness of his tactics and quickly extinguishes the arrows.
When Satan accuses us,faith chooses to believe that Jesus has redeemed us and that there is no more condemnation in those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1.
Faith is one of the greatest gifts, 1 Corinthians 13:13 “Three things will last forever–faith, hope and love”. Faith is the means by which we receive grace and come into right relationship with God. “God saved you by His grace when you believed” Ephesians 2:8.
It is because we have been justified through faith that we belong to God and have peace with Him. Faith is the doorway to hope in God, “Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory” Romans 5:2 (NLT).
Because we have faith in God our suffering need not faze us, in fact, we can persevere under it. The things Satan attempts to use to discourage us can actually become tools in the hands of God. All believers have this promise “Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” 1John5:4.
Faith is a protective barrier between us and the schemes of Satan. When we believe God and take Him at His word, we become overcomers, in that way faith is our shield. Now let us explore the difference between faith and hope.
The only bases through which we can obtain faith is solely based on the Bible,the word of God. “Faith comes by hearing, hearing the word of God” Romans 10:17. Again Hebrews 11:1 tells us “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. From this scripture we are remined again that faith is the sure conviction a Christian have of the truth of God’s word.
Meanwhile hope is the confident expectation a Christian have that the good God has promised in His word would come to past in the future. Hope and faith are entirely different.
In the book of 1 Thessalonians 5:8 Paul talks about being “protected by the armor of faith and love and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation”. From this scripture we can see faith as our shield, protects our body especially the heart region.
While the hope of salvation is the helmet that protects our mind. We can then say, faith is in the heart while hope is in the mind. Faith is now and not in the future. Hope on the other hand,is for the future, it is being confident that something will happen in the future.
As Paul wrote in Romans 8:24-25 ” Hope that is seen is not hope, for why does one still hope for what He sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eargerly wait for it with perseverance.
As Christians we both need faith and hope to truly live a genuing Christian life. Therefore raise up your shield of faith to quench every fiery arrows of the evil one.