Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Eph. 6:16

Above all. Think of Faith as an umbrella above all. It is the thing that covers you. Just as authority is often spoken of as an umbrella of protection so even Faith is the weapon that protects us from the showers of accusations and lies that come down from our enemies. Why above? Because we are fighting those principalities, rulers and authorities in high places. Their onslaughts come down from above. They are lofty thoughts and high-minded words that set themselves above even the Word of God to presume a better reasoning. They lack faith and trust in God’s Word. They despise and undermine and seek to undo the very voice and will of God Almighty. Yes, we need protection from these nefarious notions from on high.

How then can this shield of Faith serve as an umbrella of protection? Because we must place ourselves under the authority of God’s Word by Faith. Remember, and remember well, without Faith it is impossible to please God. The only ground that Satan and his rabble of rebellion have to stand upon is a lie, an untruth. Their only strategy is to so mess with your mind that you become confused, deceived, lose perspective and perceive wrongly and thus act contrary to God’s will and Word for your life. They need to get you to doubt and turn away from truth long enough to place your trust in their untruths. Just one bite, come on, are you chicken? And so they egg you on. And you being unable to withstand their prodding and poking give in. Have Faith in God and His Word.

Why is it often difficult to have Faith in God’s Word? Perhaps because it is so elusive to our human reasoning and logic. How can we trust something we can not see? How can we be sure of something that we hope for? Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. So what does it look like if it has substance? Where is the evidence if it can not be seen? It is Jesus Christ. He is the substance, He is the evidence. He is our Faith. Can you believe Him? Can you see Him? Do you place your hope in Him? Of course you can. Has He not proven Himself over and over repeatedly to those who continually seek Him and trust Him. Here is an amazing statement made by King David, "I have never seen the righteous forsaken." How can someone state emphatically and honestly that this Christ has never forsaken one of His. The only way to know this is to prove it? How ? By placing your Faith in Him. Not in the knowledge surrounding Him, not in others who speak of Him, but in Him.

He is our shelter from the storm. He alone can quench those fiery darts. Get under Him, under His Word. Place Faith above all, you can trust Him. I have never seen the righteous forsaken.
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