Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Above All

Ephesians 6
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

How many times do you think you have read or heard those verses?  I have been going to church for almost twelve years and I can’t count how many times I have heard it.  This time as I read it verse 16 stood out, “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked”.

These verses tell us all the things we need to stand in the battle of life, but interestingly God says, “above all, taking the shield of faith”.  As I was listening and reading those verses I thought, “I dropped my shield”.  And isn’t that just what Satan wants, for us to not be able to stand against the darts he is throwing at us?  It is hard to do any of the things listed if you don’t have your shield above all! 

But what kind of faith can possibly be able to “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked”???

To be as simple as possible (for my little brain to handle it) it is having faith in Christ. It is not about what I am doing, thinking, seeing, or whatever.  But it is about the belief that Jesus Christ is everything.

Each one of us has to deal with things, some small and some big; each decision is based on our faith or belief in what we know about Christ.  As we keep walking throughout our lives, our faith is tested.  I think that we believe the testing of our faith is to see if God’s word is true… when, in fact, our faith should be viewed as what we believe about the statement made by Jesus himself in Matthew 28:18, And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Our faith is the root of it all.  If we don’t believe something, we certainly aren’t going to rely on it. Without faith that God is who he says he is, did what he did, does what he does, and will do what he says, we can’t do anything else.  It’s a challenge for us to use that faith but it’s that simple… simply believe what God says…

above all have faith that Jesus has all power. 

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