The Shield Of Faith
A. Overcoming by Faith
“This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4b) “I will say of the lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my god, in whom I trust (put faith in).’ You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent (Satan).” (Psalm 91:2,13) “I (Jesus) have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions (evil spirits) and to overcome all the power of the enemy (Satan).” (Luke 10:19)
B. God is Our Shield
“After this, the Word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your SHIELD.” (Gen. 15:1) “He (God) has given us new birth…into an inheritance that can never perish…kept in heaven for you, who through FAITH are SHIELDED by god’s power.” (1 Peter 1:3b-5a) Our faith is not the shield. God is the shield. Our faith allows Him to shield us as we trust Him.
C. The Protective Shield
“I (God) will protect him (the one who trusts in Him), for he acknowledges my name.” (Psalm 91:14b) “Take up the SHIELD OF FAITH, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (Eph. 6:16) “Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence (terminal illness). His faithfulness will be your SHIELD and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day (spiritual attack), nor the pestilence (sickness) that that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague (disease) that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” (Psalm 91:3-7)