In every battle, take faith as your wrap-around shield, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the evil one!
Ephesians 6:16 (TPT)
Have you felt like life is one battle after another? Are there times that you literally think you can feel every single arrow as if it’s blazing through your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health? I totally have had days like this. I’ve had days that have completely taken me down. In bed, in pain, disconnected.
Embrace the power of salvation’s full deliverance, like a helmet to protect your thoughts from lies. And take the mighty razor-sharp Spirit-sword of the spoken Word of God.
Ephesians 6:17-18 (TPT)
It’s challenging to grasp the power of salvation’s full deliverance, when arrows are blazing through your being. How exactly does one “take faith as your wrap-around shield”? The dictionary tells me this about faith. Faith: confidence or trust in a person or thing. Belief that is not based on proof. Belief in God.
There are times that I struggle to believe. In those times I tell myself that even if I don’t believe, I will trust that God has it all figured out. When I’m hurting or feeling attacked from every angle, when I cannot see how it’s going to work out, I will choose to trust that God will come through. When He does come through, my belief will increase.
Amazingly enough, God has come through every time, and I do believe more. Yet, still, in tough situations I find myself questioning, and choosing to simply trust. I have to.
I will trust that I have the ability to live in strong faith and to wrap it completely around me as a shield. I will trust that even when I’m questioning whether the shield will protect me, God will come through with enough power to see me to the other side. I will trust that salvation’s full deliverance is all mine and will lead me into all truth, even on the days that the lies make more sense. I will trust that the Word of God extinguishes evil, even when it feels like I am standing in the midst of it and it’s very hard to believe. I will trust that the more I trust, the more I will believe!
God has a pretty good track record with His children. He has kindly walked along side me through numerous doubts and fears. He has gently challenged me to trust His goodness, and lovingly proven to me Who He is. He has not been exasperated, angry, impatient, unkind, or unloving towards me in my times of slow belief. He is simply there with me, growing me into an ever-present reason to believe!
What is your process in believing and trusting God?