信德的藤牌 Shield of Faith
“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:16)
Christians face spiritual warfare as soon as they believe in the Lord - the war between our flesh and the Holy Spirit, the war between ourselves or God as King. Satan will not let us go easily and will tempt us by our pleasure and desires. Given that it’s spiritual warfare, we need spiritual weapons, putting on the full armor of God. One of the weapons is the shield of faith.
· Shield of Faith, Take it up for protection: the shield is held by your hand, not just for display. Faith means to live out our faith; faith is built by drawing near to the Lord, hungering for the Word, with the Holy Spirit’s conviction, and continuously increasing in godliness; the shield of faith is also built on our love for the Lord Jesus and obedience produced from love, and love the Lord with all our hearts and strength.
· Shield of True/False, Able to discern, do not be deceived: At the same time, we need to have the ability to discern between true faith and false faith because there are false prophets, false apostles, false teachers. Faith without deeds is dead. True faith will imitate Jesus’ life through faith, being justified by faith; and from one’s actions we can discern whether a person’s faith is true or false.
· Shield of Power, Extinguishes all flaming arrows of the evil one: The power of faith that can put out the enemy Satan’s flaming arrows. If we do not walk on the holy path, we become the devil’s target. But through faith, born of God, we can overcome the world.
During the coronavirus pandemic and global panic, will we take up the shield of faith? Relying on the Lord, because of faith, let us not be afraid, resist temptation, with our mouths and hearts praise God, love God, obey God.
By Rev. Benguang Du 都本光牧師
May 1, 2020