Saturday, January 31, 2015

THE SHIELD OF FAITH

'Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.' - Ephesians 6 vs 16

Dearly Beloved, the Lord put this word strongly in my heart just for that person who the devil has so threatened, terrorized and oppressed by his words which he told them. This may be you, only believe what you're about to read, and give it your rapt attention. God Bless You.

Ephesians 6 from verse 13 began to talk about the armors of God, commending us to take upon ourselves the whole armor of God. You can read it all to see all the beautiful things the Apostle said there, but I want us to give special attention to the verse 16 which is our opening scripture;

'Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.' - Ephesians 6 vs 16 {KJV}

It talks about the shield of faith. Please notice what it says, it says 'Above all'. That word gives this particular armor (the shield of faith) a great eye of attention. He says, above all, meaning, if you must have any armor put on you, this armor must not be missing. Waow, that makes this armor very important. He says we are to put on the shield of faith which we shall use to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. It didn't say, so you may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked, no. But it says so you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. That goes to tell us that the fiery darts of the devil are unavoidable, they must come, they must be thrown at us, but when they are thrown at us, there is a defense divinely given us, and that's the shield of faith been talked about. - Selah

What is a Shield?

A shield according to the English Dictionary means, 'A broad piece of metal, wood etc carried as a protection against weapons.' So a shield in other word means a tool which stands as a protection against weapons. So when he says 'the shield of faith', he tells us that FAITH is a tool for the BELIEVER which stands as a protection against weapons, and the weapons are THE FIERY DARTS of the wicked been talked about. - Selah

What is a Dart?

A dart according to the English Dictionary means, 'A pointed arrow-like weapon for throwing or shooting.' So a dart in other word means a weapon aimed at destruction. Now the word FIERY is the Synonym for ANGRY. So in other word, FIERY DARTS means ANGRY DARTS. That goes to show us the status of Satan's mind towards the CHURCH of Jesus Christ. Satan is mad at us, he knows he's defeated already and rendered powerless, ineffective towards the church, but he will not just rest, he's out after us, just to ensure he successfully weakens our faith in the word, and hence harm us. Inasmuch as the Just shall live by faith, anytime we are outside faith, we are in the devil's perimeter. - Selah

What are the darts Satan throws at us?

The darts Satan simply throws at us are words. That's it. Satan's pattern has not changed. Right from the beginning when he came to man (Adam and Eve), as we all know the story, he began his deception with words. When Satan throws words at us, those words compulsorily contains either of these characteristics;

* Deception, or
* Fear

When he came to Eve in the garden, he threw the dart (word) of deception at her {Genesis 3 vs 1}, but Eve was not shielded with Faith (Confidence, Certainty, Surety, and Assurance) in what God had said unto them, hence, she fell and the man also. What he came to Jesus, he likewise threw the dart (word) of deception at him {Luke 4 vs 3, 6,7, 9,,10}, but Jesus was all round shielded with Faith (Confidence, Certainty, Surety, and Assurance) in the word of God, and He got the victory. Hallelujah! But I want you to see this, Jesus didn't keep the devil quiet when he threw those darts at Him, no. But HE expressed His Faith in the word by the DECLARATIONS of them. That's so significant. Mind you, when ever Satan speaks a word, it is always accompanied with fear.

When Satan throws a dart at you, for example, when Satan speaks to your heart saying to you that you are not a child of God, what is your response? Do you become afraid? Do you begin to consider his words? Or you begin to express your Faith in 1 Corinthians 6 vs 20 which says that you are bought with a price, and that your body and spirit belongs to God? - Selah. Those are times to show the devil that you really believe what is written, and you confess them  to his hearing. See this, if you belong to God as the scriptures have said, what can take you away from God's hands? The devil? For he was defeated. - Selah. Your sins? Christ has died for that purpose once and for all. - Selah. What then could it be that can separate us from the Love of God? Absolutely nothing Brother, absolutely nothing Sister {Romans 8 vs 38 - 39}. You issue out these words to the devil, and he will let you be. AMEN. But when you begin to be afraid because of what he has said, then you drift yourself into his perimeter, and you are headed for disaster. This is the reason we are instructed to shield ourselves with Faith. If we are straitly commanded to be guided with the shield of faith, what do you think God is guiding us from? Disaster of course which comes from the devil when he has thrown his fiery darts. - Selah

Now someone may be wondering about what I just said above how that our sins cannot bring separation between us and God. Let me make it clearer now;

'Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.' - Romans 8 vs 33 {KJV}

Did you see that? I want you to slowly read that scripture again. It says, who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? Now notice, he is talking about Christians here, and by that statement he is informing us that no one can lay any sin to the charge (to the account) of God's children. Why? Simply because God has justified them. Simple! Listen and listen good, there is no sin, no fault, no weakness huge enough to take any Christian to Hell. Yes! Our Righteousness is a gift from God {Romans 5 vs 17}, and we lay a hold on that gift everyday by Faith in it. That's why he says, no one can lay any charge (sin) to God's elect (children) because it is God who justified them, not once, but for all time {Hebrews 10 vs 10, 14}.

'And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.' - Hebrews 10 vs 17 {KJV}

He doesn't remember your sins, even the one you have committed today, He doesn't count these things against you. He wants your faith to stand on this, and you'll be cool, guilt free, condemnation free. You know what? Having understood how Great Grace you have received of the Lord, you just cannot love sinning. I tell you. You can't afford to go on sinning with this liberty, no. This is because, the understanding of this Amazing Grace you have received releases Love in your heart by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5 vs 5), and you begin to love Him, which is revealed in your love for others, and in your actions that pleases Him. You see? So God knew what He was doing when He eternally covered all our sins. He knew when we understand that He has done so much for us, it will supernaturally cause us to love Him {John 4 vs 19} and do just those things that please Him. And this is the very reason for the urgency of the spread of the Gospel, the very reason why God anointed us that we may spread this same message to the rest of the world, and produce more Righteous men out of every Nation. Hallelujah! Brother Relax, Sister Relax, you are going to Heaven. Hell is no more an option, you can't just be there. Jesus has done the separation already once and for all. O thank you Jesus. As I write this, I feel the anointing of God's Spirit strongly on my fingers. Ushhhhhhhhhhhh. Thank You Jesus.

Maybe Satan told you that you were gonna die of that Cancer, Sister, Relax! Stay your Faith on 1 Peter 2 vs 24, 'By His stripes, you were Healed.' That's the word, that's all you need, I 'm telling you. Satan tells you you're gonna die? Tell him you're already Healed, and you're living as he can obviously see. Boiii, can you talk like that? with faith richly stirred in your heart? I tell you, by so doing, the devil's voice will be completely lost in your heart, and that's the prove of your victory over that Cancer or whatever ailment it may be, that point when unspeakable joy begins to burst forth from your spirit amidst that ugly circumstance, those are the receipts of your Victory. O Hallelujah!!!!!

This is the very reason why you must study the Bible with a hungry attitude, so that you can always know what God has said concerning all situations, so that your Faith can stand strong in that evil day when the devil comes throwing darts of fear and terror at you. - Selah

Be Shielded!

God Bless You.
- Pastor Jenning Uweye

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