Red Alert! Raise your Shields!
The shield of God is protection from the devil. The comes to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10). The battle is for souls.
Shields Up! The shield is also part of the Armor of God. With this shield of faith and trust in God. It gives us total protection. We have to stand behind the shield for that protection. We must have trust and faith in God. This is part of the personal safety equipment you carry to defend yourself from the evil one (devil). Almost like you wear personal safety equipment at certain types of jobs like construction sites. (PPE)
The Shield of Faith (Shield of God) can extinguish all fiery arrows (attacks) of the devil.
Remember the devil has a full line of arrows in his quiver. He will try his best to tempt us, distract us and push us away from God. Remember the devil knows God is real. Why do you think he is trying his best to keep us from him?
Biblical Roman Shield
The Biblical shields were made of wood and used mainly by the Roman soliders. They would use water on their shields, soak them in water. These shields would measure 4 to 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
A Buckler is another name for a shield. It also had coverings of leather, linen and often finished with brass or a bronze rim. Most Roman shields has lightening bolts or eagle wings on them.
These shields were also often rounded shape and covered them at least around three sides of them.
Even David in Psalms describes God as a shield that surrounds Him.
Never meant to fight alone
We were never meant to fight the battle alone. We have Christ with us. Not to mention we need our church to help with this spiritual warfare. Our fellow brothers/sisters in Christ need to unite to help. We must take care of ourselves and trust in God to take care of us. That is having faith when we trust in God to take care of us. He is always there with us.
Remember the church won’t grow until we totally get serious about the Faith of God. Remember the church is like a testudo (tortoise) of the roman soldiers. They form like a shell around everyone to have the shields raised and surrounding everyone. This was like a human tank. Usually in a rectangle formation.
Remember Iron strengthens iron. (Proverbs 27:17)
Long Ranger Christian
If you are the type of person that goes from 1 church to another church or go only certain times then you are not gaining the proper Faith in God.
Lord is our shield
The Lord is our shield. He is our protector. The Shield of faith covered all. It is real time faith in God. Present tense. Not past victories, not future either. The Right now and in real time! Right Now God! The shield of faith is our first line of defense.
David went to sleep knowing he trusted in God. (see this post: Sermon on Sleeping).
The Battle is the Lords
Remember the battle is the Lords. Not ours. We need to Walk by Faith – Not Sight!
Arrows the Devil shoots
See John 8:44
Devil will make it seem true. He will say God has more to say etc. Oh It won’t hurt if you did it just this once. Don’t believe it! It’s all a lie!
God cares about you and your life!
Money crazy, Money can’t satisfy you.
Devil will say party like a rock star.
People buy into it (Drugs, Drinking, Sex, etc.)
Devil will also say to be happy, you can be happy doing that.
World don’t care about adultery.
Devil will say you are entitled to it.
Devil will make it all worldly!
It ain’t true!
This can can lose your testimony.
Anger is one letter from being Danger!
The devil wants to control us when we get angry.
He will make you think you have no control or no power.
The devil will send false teachings/preachers your way.
He wills end false theological thoughts to you.
Also falso philosophies too.
The object of my faith is the Lord Jesus Christ, whom is my shield. My glory, the lifter of my head. Nothing is impossible with God! In order to use the shield you must have total trust and faith in God. If you don’t have faith you cannot please God.
Soak your shields in Christ so that the arrows will be distinguished when they hit you. Absorb the Word of God and keep faith and know God has it under His control. It is when we lower our shields the devil will get to us.
Soaking your shields in water involves knowing God, Studying God’s Word, being in prayer, Worship, fellowship, being a servant to others. Stay in God’s Word! Read and Study your Bible.
Substance in hope
There is substance in what we hope for that’s not seen.
David prayed and God Word from God.
We need to remember to praise him in the good and the bad. Not just come to him when things are bad. We need to praise him for the good He brings to us. The Blessings, Praises He bestows to us.
No protection anywhere else
We cannot get greater protection anywhere else than with God. That enemy the devil will defeat you if you don’t raise up your shield of Faith. Keep it up!
Remember the devil will tell you there is no hope! But with God there is hope! You must trust in God! God hears and cares!
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and,the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.
It is the faith in God that brings the shield of protection! Have faith in God. Like the old song, Have Faith in God, He watches over His own. Have Faith in God!
Also by having your shield of faith already up, you know what you won’t compromise on so you will stand firm in the Word of God when conflict or storms arise.
Also we Christians need to unite and link together our shields.
Red Alert! Raise your Shields!
- John 10:10
- Psalm 3:3-4
- Ephesians 6:10-20
- Ephesians 6:16
- Matthew 5:26
- John 8:44
- 2 Samuel 18
- Proverbs 27:17
- Sermon: Piedmont Baptist Church, April 15, 2012, Pastor Bob Neal
- Discipleship and Family Development for Baptist Adults, Summer 2012, June 3, Page 8 to 11.
- Sermon on Sleeping (one of my post)
- Armor of God (one of my post)
First published April 8, 2013. Additions added on July 17, 2014. Republished April 10, 2015.