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Today's word with Dr. Bruce Chesser.
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The fourth piece of equipment that Paul lists in the armor of God is the "shield of faith."
 
The soldier's shield would be used to divert arrows that were coming toward him. There were two kinds of shields. One was a small round shield about the size of the lid of a garbage can. But that is not the word that Paul uses in this description. He uses a word that means a large shield. Typically, it would be about 4 ½ feet tall and about 2 ½ feet wide. It was large enough to double as a stretcher if a soldier needed to be taken from the battlefield. It was not unusual for the enemy to dip their arrow in pitch/tar and then set it on fire. These large wooden shields would absorb the dart and extinguish the flame.
 
What does it mean to have a "shield of faith" as you go into spiritual warfare?
 
It means that we hold on to God's promises. The essence of faith is that we believe God. We trust Him. His promises are true. What He has said, He will do.
 
It means we need each other, and we fight the spiritual battles together.  The Roman soldier's shield had a type of hook on each side. They could link their shields to the man next to them and make a moving wall, and they marched forward together. They did not fight alone.  We shouldn't either. We need each other.
 
It means that we understand that our protection comes from outside of ourselves. It is not our power or might; it is the Lord’s that gives us our strength. He is our shield. He is our protector.
 
Here is a word from the Word:
 
“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day and having prepared everything to take your stand. Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation, take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s Word.” (Ephesians 6:10-17)
 
 
Have a great Monday!
 
Bruce
 
One Heart Bible Reading Plan:  Acts 2
 
 
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