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Daily Devotion | Ulf Ekman
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The Shield of Faith

Above all, [take] the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
Ephesians 6:16
The shield complements the breastplate in offering protection. The righteous shall live by faith. In ancient times the shields were slightly rounded and rubbed with oil. This made it more difficult for swords and arrows to adhere. Attached to the arm, the shield was mobile, in contrast to the stationary breastplate. The shield was constantly re-positioned, depending upon the direction of the attack. It could save a soldier’s life by blocking a deathblow. However, blocking such blows caused great pain in the soldier’s arm and body. Even more so, an arrow could hit with a numbing force, even though it got stuck in the shield. Some arrows hit with such a force that they pierced the soldier’s body. To stop such arrows caused terrible pain. Nonetheless, the shield warded off the attack.

This is what faith does. It is a strong protection that stops the worst attacks. Faith enables us to cope with things that might overwhelm others. The enemy shoots fiery darts. Since fire burns up all that is flammable, we must not build our lives of wood, hay or straw. The shield of faith extinguishes all fiery temptations and revages. The promise is that faith quenches all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Faith overcomes everything.


I thank You, God, for the shield of faith. Because of faith, I advance, conquer and overcome. With faith I can defend myself from all attacks, even those that seem overwhelming in the natural. Faith in You works! In Jesus’ name. Amen.