“Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
SATAN’s ARROWS: Satan throws so many different arrows at us in our path of our Christian lives. Here’s a brief look at just a couple of them.
Flaming Arrows of DOUBT: Can’t be defeated by cleaver reasoning or by gathering evidence. Satan’s reasoning is sharper than ours. Satan is an expert in twisting arguments, evidence, and statistics to support his lies. If we try to block doubt with a shield of our own thinking skills, we are using a shield of paper against a flaming arrow. FAITH is the only shield against doubt.
Flaming Arrows of TEMPTATION: Can’t be defeated by our own willpower. We must have faith in God’s goodness and in his blessings to satisfy our “deepest desires” to extinguish this arrow. FAITH, not willpower, is our shield.
Flaming Arrows of PERSECUTION: More than ever it seems Satan is turning people against us because we belong to Jesus. Persecution can come in the forms of mockery and discrimination; it can even come in the forms of torture and death. Activating our FAITH in God’s plan for our lives is the way to put out this fire Satan throws.
2 Corinthians 4: 8 – 14
8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13 It is written: “I believed; therefore, I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.
Flaming arrows of ACCUSATION: Satan’s name means “adversary” or “accuser”. He LOVES to accuse and make Christians feel guilty for things they haven’t done and for the sins they have committed he truly pours it on wanting to let you know you are far beyond hope. Defeat this arrow with the shield of FAITH. Faith here in the blood of Jesus. We can never “earn” God’s forgiveness, but we don’t have to. Forgiveness comes through faith the Jesus’ blood and that is always bigger than our worst sins.
By digging in to God’s Word and with the shield of faith at the forefront may we extinguish all of Satan’s fiery darts he throws our way.
FEET FITTED WITH READINESS
Ephesians 6:15 “and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”
POOR and/or NO FOOTWEAR IN BATTLE COULD MEAN:
- Slipping and falling with bad shoes could mean you get killed before regaining your stance
- Walking barefoot could mean walking on thorns, ashes, sharp stones, or arrow heads tearing up your feet before you even got to the enemy territory – essentially hindering the final battle by the little things
- Marching among creatures such as snakes, scorpions, fire ants, etc. could take you out easily before getting to the front lines
- Marching without proper footwear in cold weather, freezing dirt and mud, or snow can lend to sickness. Many fevers and illnesses often took out soldiers over the years
Smart soldiers would have footwear with heavy, thick soles, and many with spikes on the bottom to help hold them into place or dig in to maintain their ground when necessary and even then to help move forward! Isn’t proper footwear important? Proper footwear in the Armor of God means having PEACE.
The Gospel is noted as the GOOD NEWS! The Gospel is good news because it bears a message of peace:
- Peace with God – achieved by the peace treaty God offers through Jesus’ blood
Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”
Romans 8:31 “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
- Peace in your Heart – Salvation/being right with God releases an inner peace.
Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
- Peace Spread to Others – start at home in your family including church family then move towards your neighbors and community
Hebrews 12:14 “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”