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May Devotions
  1. Faith, not Sight
  2. Definition of Faith
  3. Faith is Unseen
  4. Faith of Abel
  5. Faith Pleases God
  6. Faith of Noah
  7. Faith of Abraham
  8. Faith Credited as Righteousness
  9. Power of Faith
  10. Blessings through Faith
  11. Faith Leads to Salvation
  12. Family of Faith
  13. Faith Excludes Boasting
  14. Justification by Faith
  15. The Shield of Faith
  16. Stand Firm in Faith
  17. Righteous Live by Faith
  18. Faith of the Centurion
  19. Little Faith
  20. Faith of a Mustard Seed
  21. Righteousness through Faith
  22. Weak Faith
  23. Faith isn't Blind
  24. Abandoning the Faith
  25. Worthless without Faith
  26. Worth More than Gold
  27. Faith is Resistance
  28. Faith Develops Perseverance
  29. Rich in Faith
  30. Faith and Deeds
  31. Our Deeds, Love, & Faith
Ephesians 6:16

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.


May 15

The Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6 lists the armor of God.  It is used in fighting against the devil's schemes and not falling into temptation.  Surprisingly, only the shield of faith is given an explanation on how it is used however.

Satan is a liar and a deceiver.  He works most often by lying to us about what we and can't do.  He lies to us about who God is and wants us to question His love and care for us. 

Faith extinguishes these attacks because our trust lies with God.  When Satan tells us that we'll never make it on our own, we have faith that God will help us through.  When Satan wants us to question God's love for us, it is faith that causes us to hold fast to the promises that God has made to us.

Although pieces of the armor of God surround us from all sides but the shield of faith can only be pointed in one direction.  Faith is only good when it is pointed in the proper direction.  While self confidence is a good thing, faith in our own abilities will not allow us to withstand the devil's attacks.  Faith in other people is bound to let us down because they are just as human and frail as we are.

Only faith in God is able to withstand the arrows of the devil and extinguish them.  We must place our faith in God and in nothing else.

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