When the apostle Paul listed the spiritual armor that we are to where as Christians, he made this statement: “…above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:16).
There are some important implications from this verse. Starting out with the phrase “above all”, Paul seems to be indicating that whatever he is about to say is of supreme importance. Here are some things we can glean:
1. We have a real enemy
He has many names in Scripture, but Paul calls him “the wicked one” in this verse. Satan is entirely evil; he is not capable of anything good and his only motive is to steal, kill, and destroy (see John 10:10). The devil is not a figment of the imagination or a myth that ancient people created. He is a real spiritual being, and he has a whole kingdom of darkness that works with him in his evil plans.
2. Our enemy is actively targeting us
Notice that Paul mentions the “fiery darts” that the devil is throwing our way. Satan and his demons are actively engaged in this spiritual battle and are targeting us. His fiery darts may come in various ways; attacks on our mind, lies, words that people say, temptations, and so on. But be assured, they will come.
3. Faith is our shield of protection
Faith is our shield of protection from the onslaught of the enemy’s attacks. Faith believes God’s Word and stands upon His promises. When the “fiery darts” come our way, we can stand on the truth of what God says, declaring “It is written!” We must learn to lift up the shield of faith over our lives, family’s, and other areas of life that we have responsibility for.
If we do not learn how to take up the shield of faith, we will be susceptible to the enemy’s attacks. God has given us spiritual armor for a reason; and as we learn to use our armor we will be able to walk in victory and stand against the devil!
How have you seen the “shield of faith” protect you from the attacks of the devil?