Faith is Not RE-Active
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
1 John 2:14
I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
We have been engineering safety into every aspect of our lives from the inception of our life and even our salvation. We are conditioned to expect the worst, to expect injuries, to expect wrong doing, to expect pain, to expect to be robbed, to expect our hopes to be destroyed, to expect our dreams to be killed, to expect harm, failure, discontent, injury, death, and list goes on.
We have been conditioned to prepare for these things in a RE-actionary way, as if there is no way to prevent them from happening. Its coming, so we must prepare to endure and safeguard ourselves from the onslaught. We have insurance for everything now…our bodies, our homes, our investments, our cars, our rentals, our cell phones, our actions, our jewelry, our spouses, our money in our bank accounts, and we can even insure ourselves from alien abductions now. Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones has insured his middle finger, Gene Simmons of Kiss insured his tongue, actress Betty Grable insured her legs, and singer Bruce Springsteen insured his voice.
Our humanistic common sense says, “prepare for the worst and hope for the best” and “Accidents just happen”.
I just have one question…..
If ALL the fiery darts of the evil one WILL be quenched by our faith, we are strong, that absolute true word of God abides in us and we in it, and we have overcome the wicked one…….why do we expect to be stolen from, to receive destruction in the hopes of our lives, or to have our dreams killed by the one whom we have overcome?
It has been our experience that we cannot stop nature, that we cannot prevent bad things from happening to good people, that this world is over run by satan and we are just waiting for God to suck us out of here and until then we protect ourselves from the attack.
Maybe our experience has been the product of us looking at our life and those attacks in a wrong way. Maybe we have looked at life and God wrong all these years and that has legitimized our own unbelief. Maybe this place of misunderstanding has thrust us into protection mode in every way, shape, and fashion. Maybe WE have had it all wrong in our thinking and line of sight……
In the old days of wars with bows and arrows and shields, the shield was used offensively. The shield was used to protect a soldier from arrows or hand held weapons as the soldier advanced into the enemy territory or throng.
We have used our shield as a reactionary protection from the attack of the devil. We have experienced successful attack by our adversary because we have misunderstood how to use the shield offensively. He has backed us down into a corner and all we can do now is just try to block him.
However, the word says above ALL instructions for using the Armor, take up the shield, it is the most important piece of the armor. Maybe we should be using our shield more pro-actively to prevent the arrows and blows of the devil from hitting us as we advance upon his kingdom, therefore establishing the kingdom we are a part of. The word says that we are strong, that the word of God regarding the shield and faith abides in us, and that we have overcome the evil one. We are not “going to” overcome the devil, but we HAVE! That is the good news!
We are not backed into corner, Jesus has defeated the devil, and that gives us footing, that gives us a stance, that gives us place against the devil. In the perfect place of His love, there is no fear. Rise up into that place, stand firm with your shield as you advance towards the devil and drive him from the place of attack in your life. Get fed-up with the devil always on the offense against you, stand up, and advance upon him with all the power of Jesus inside you in realization that you are already the victor. The devil is in a place of defeat, perpetrating a lie that you are not in a place of victory over him. Keep marching toward him expecting that you are the victor and that the shield WILL protect. We know that the Centurion had the greatest faith because he understood Authority. Let’s rise up in that authority against the devil, he has been defeated….Let’s start acting as if that is true and rise up against him to prevent his attacks, to quench ALL of his attempts.
Abide in the truth of the word, of the shield of faith, and its effectiveness, Amen?!