Faith is a spiritual weapon of mass destruction. It is both an offensive as well as a defensive weapon. In other words it is a weapon that protects you and a weapon that punishes the devil. Paul told the Ephesians saints,
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day…
The Lord has opened his armory and brought out weapons to explode his wrath upon his enemies…
Jeremiah 50:25(Living Bible)
God gave you His armor and in His armory is the weapon of faith with which you can do exploits in the camp of the enemy. As a believer you must understand the shielding aspect and the fighting aspect of faith.
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:12
The shield of faith
The Greek word for shield is thureos which comes from the word thura meaning a door. Therefore the shield of faith is not the little round decorative shield used in victory procession called apsis but thureos, meaning that your shield of faith is as big as door to cover you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes.
The Roman shield was drenched in water in order to quench all the fiery darts of the opposition. In like manner, ours is drenched in the water of the Word to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Whether it is the Coronavirus, the Flu or any other disease...
Your shield of faith is as big as a door covering you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes and will quench all of satan's fiery darts.
God gave you the shield of faith to quench all the darts of the wicked one. You can put out the fires of the enemy when you dip your shield in the water of the Word. God did not give you the apsis shield as a decorative shield but He gave you the thureos shield because as long as you are on the earth you are in a fight which is called the fight of life.
Paul told his young protégé Timothy, ‘Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life…’ (I Timothy 6:12). Faith fights to seize and lay hold of the superabundant life for you.
Someone may say, 'Brother Glenn, I am living under grace and I have everything in Jesus. I don't need to fight because I am under grace.' I know grace has made all things available but it takes faith to access the grace of God. This is why Paul said,
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed;
Without faith you frustrate the grace of God.
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
The word frustrate is atheteō meaning to thwart the efficacy of, nullify, and make void. Without faith, we make void the grace of God, thwarting its efficacy in our lives; it is as if He never shed the grace. Not that grace hasn't already been shed for everyone and for everything that pertains to life and godliness but it is as if it never was because we are not taking hold of it by faith. See what Paul wrote to Titus,
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
The saving grace of God is available to all men but are all men saved? No! Now all men can be saved if they access the saving grace of God through faith, ‘For by grace are you saved through faith.’ (Ephesians 2:5). Just the same, the healing grace, the prosperity grace and whatever grace you need are already at your disposal but you need to tap into that imposing faith that takes, in order for them to be a reality. If you are tired of the devil beating you from pillar to post then lift up your shield of faith and quench all his fiery darts.
One thing is for sure - without the lifting of the shield of faith you will be hit by the fiery darts of the devil!
How do you lift up the shield of faith?
By meditating, praying and confessing the Word of God.
By acting upon the Word that you have meditated upon, prayed and confessed.
By rejoicing with joy unspeakable and full of glory. That means dancing before the Lord, laughing at the devil and rejoicing with songs of praise.
Tell the Coronavirus - My house is covered with the blood of Jesus. Now get lost in Jesus' name!
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