The Shield of Faith

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16 The Roman shield was called a scutum. It was large enough to cover the soldier’s whole body and as a group they could enclose themselves in a testudo or tortoise formation when being barraged with arrows from the enemy. This is what our faith does when Satan is shooting his fiery arrows at us. It protects us and acts as a shield to keep the enemy’s assaults from penetrating our hearts and our minds. When the arrows start coming from every direction, there is strength in numbers. Other believers together can form a protective barrier much like the testudo f

The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news… Isaiah 52:7 As long as we are here on earth, believers can have peace with God, but not from the devil. We are at war with him because he doesn’t like us, in fact, he hates us…that’s why he is called our adversary and is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). We’ve established that our battle is not against anything in the physical world, not our prodigals’ lifestyle or the choices they make, not the friends they have or the way they think about God. Our battle is not against a person who hurts us, or a co-worker that we disagree with. It’s not the violence on TV or in the world. This is not alwa

Breastplate of Righteousness

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness Romans 6:18 The breastplate guarded the heart of the soldier much like righteousness guards the heart of the believer. In the Bible, the heart often refers to our thoughts, emotions and what we believe (Proverbs 27:19). Scripture refers to two kinds of righteousness-- imputed and imparted. Imputed righteousness happens at salvation when God clothes us with the righteousness of Christ and declares us in right standing with Himself. This is also called justification. By faith we believed what Jesus did for us at the cross and in turn, God instantly applied Christ’s righteousness to us in a legal way that resulted in God tr

Throne Room

Let us then approach the throne with confidence, So that we may receive mercy and Find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 I don’t know if God literally has a throne, but there are different descriptions of the throne room in the Bible. Mechaiah, a true prophet, saw the Lord sitting on His throne with angels all around Him (1 Kings 22:19). When Isaiah saw the Lord, He was sitting on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple. The Seraphim were above him calling to each other, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is filled with His glory! (Is. 6:1-3). Ezekiel saw a throne that had the appearance of sapphire stone and on the throne

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