The shield of Faith Two
Last week we talked about lifting up the shield. This week we are going to talk about the aspects of the shield we are holding up. So many times we get caught up on the physical make up of the shield; not the spiritual. Not to many actual arrows are flying around, aimed at the saints.
The first component is truth. Oh the belt of truth! You lift up truth, the word of God. Also you lift up truth/honesty in our living... You see the enemy is attacking with lies, half truths, twisted truth... deciet. The enemy is scheming! That is thinking of ways to trip you up... that steal, kill and destroy thing.
The second component is righteousness. Ah the breast plate of righteousness. There is a right and wrong, there are rules; and they are not meant to be broken. There are morals... The enemy will attack righteousness. Watering it down if you will... That's not bad... Who cares... That doesn't apply... It's only a little____...
I am going to mention these here. God doesn't care... then God isn't going to forgive you... God does care and God does forgive! 1John1:9 "If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong." Read verse 10 also this will help put things into perspective.
Here is a most important statement; our righteousness comes from Jesus Christ and our God, the God of righteousness. Not from our good behavior or deeds...
With that we move to next component, the shoes of peace. The good news, that is Salvation in Jesus Christ. Our belief, trust and hope... that we have in God the father and our Lord Jesus Christ. This attack is more about is God real? Is this Jesus real? As mentioned above is this forgiveness real? Is it nessary? As believers we say Yes! Yes!
One last thing faith is the hope for thing not seen. Hope is not luck, hope is a trust in someone(s). Our hope is in God the Father, Jesus Christ His son and the Holy Spirit. God in three persons yet one. We exercise that hope when we hold up the shield of Faith.