The Shield of Faith

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Shield of faith

I mentioned before the that breastplate of righteousness guards against a direct attack on your heart—and the shield, similarly, is a defensive weapon that protects you from the weapons of the enemy. But the different between these two pieces of armor is that the shield is more directly linked to your relationship and level of intimacy with God.

To explain what that means, we first need to remember that faith itself is a gift from God.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

- Ephesians 2:8 NIV

The first part of using our shield of faith is realizing that it is God who bestows faith; it is not something we can conjure up ourselves. We have different paths that God has placed us on, and different battles that we fight. He gives us exactly what we need to fight each battle, and it is always enough.

Faith is not just a weapon for battle, but a fundamental part of our relationship with God that is being strengthened as we grow closer to Him. In a perfect world, we would always take God at His word, and it wouldn’t be difficult to believe that such a powerful being has the ability to protect and guide us. But unfortunately, a part of our fallen state is that we no longer so easily believe Him. We doubt His love, His goodness, and whether or not the promises He makes to us are true. Faith is a gift from God, and He gives us a certain portion of faith, but this faith should be in a constant state of growth.

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.

- James 2:14-18 NIV

Growing faith is evidenced by works. We know that we are not saved by works, nor will everything we do be flawless. But as we grow in our faith, there should be a noticeable difference in our actions.

The Shield in Real Life

O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’ But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.

- Psalm 3:1-3 NIV

I find it particularly comforting that this passage doesn’t say, “You are a shield in front of me,” or, “You are a shield behind me”, or even, “You have given me a shield.” HE is the shield. Faith is not about our own skill level, our strength, or our ability to trust. It is about remaining in Him. He protects us from every angle.

When we are going through a trial or our faith is being tested, all that we need to do in order to make use of our shield of faith is stay close to Him and remember the promises He has made. When we make it about our own strength, our faith will fail. But when we run to Him, we find that we don’t need to hold the shield up on our own, and in that, we will be able to rest.

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Lauren D'Alessandro
As the founder of The You Are Project’s print magazine and blog, Lauren is passionate about developing publications that inspire creativity and action. Lauren is the Editor-in-Chief of You Are REAL and the creator and manager of our website. Her dream is to continue using writing and publications as tools for communicating God’s love to the world. Keep up with her latest endeavors at laurendalessandro.com.