Shield of Faith: Ephesians 6: 16 (NKJV) “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
If you like to watch movies like Braveheart or read historical romance books (avid reader), you may see or imagine shields being penetrated by some strong arrows. If you like to watch modern action films, you may even see some bulletproof vests or car windows being penetrated by some high-powered guns or rifles. However, the shield of faith is impenetrable. I am trusting the shield of faith to always protect me. Yes, the wicked one may know what God may have planned for me and may set traps to derail His plans BUT, as long as I have this piece of armor, I will not fear and His plans for me will not be derailed. This is the source of my confidence and courage. So each day I shall be confident and be courageous, even if it may seem the world or my world is coming to an end (or is filled with chaos and uncertainties), that God’s perfect plans for me will be fulfilled.
Righteousness : “…having put on the breastplate of righteousness,” Ephesians 6:14. Isaiah 52:7 and Romans 10:15 tells us that righteousness is “How beautiful is the person who comes to bring good news.” Jesus came to earth to bring us good news. The good news is:
- Through salvation we become God’s children again;
- No need to worry and be anxious as there is peace with God;
- Your God shall supply all your needs;
- You are forgiven;
- You are not forgotten;
- You are loved;
- “Your God is King” Isaiah 52:7
This breastplate will protect me from fear; fear of the unknown, past, and present. I am the child of the King. He knows my name. I will not be forgotten by Him. Thank You, God, for giving us this GOOD NEWS through Your son, Jesus Christ.
The scripture reminds us that we fight not against flesh and blood but spirits…even when a human being is standing before you with evil intent. So the thought came to me…why should I fear evil spirits and their ruler, satan, when they also fear a higher power. I should then fear this higher power, which is GOD. So, God is the one I do not want to go against and to whom I will submit, ALWAYS.
I will not fear the devil but fear THE ONE the devil fears.
I am sure I am not the only one who will think this way. As Kingdom Citizens, children of the Most High God, and believers in Christ Jesus, we will all come to this conclusion, eventually.
Daniel 3:17 NKJV
“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.
The tunnel is the place I have been for more than a year; naked, cold, and separated from others. It’s a place where I learned to trust God more and more. He provided for all my needs and kept me from harm.
The tunnel was a place I could not avoid, no matter how much I may have wanted to do so. At this time, I was reminded of Jonah. Just like the fiery furnace and the lion’s den, the tunnel is not here to harm me but to prepare me for a better place. At the end of the tunnel, like Job, whatever was lost will be replaced tenfold. So, DO NOT BE AFRAID OF YOUR TUNNEL!
I am now walking up the steps to get out of the tunnel…HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!
I used to worry a lot ( I mean A LOT). Growing up, I worried mostly about my family. Over the years, I began to worry less when I came to realize I was not pleasing God this way. Fear is not of God. Nevertheless, the past year, I had to fight against fear yet again: fear of the unknown. Not knowing what is going to happen next was a scary feeling. However, my brother helped me to remember that God was beside me and He had control (He had His hand on the steering wheel), so it was okay to move forward into the darkness until I reached the lighted area again. It was also okay to fall off the precipice. I know this sounds scary but once you do it you come to realize that there was nothing to fear. How to overcome the crippling effect of fear? Accepting that nothing was in my control and God only has my best interest at heart. No good thing will He withhold from me. His word will not return to Him void. These are things I keep in mind constantly. As Chris Tomlin sang, “I know who goes before me…the God of angel armies is by my side…whom [or what] shall I fear?” God understands our fear/anxiety/worry; thus, He continuously reminds us that we should be strong and be of good courage as He does His will in our lives. So everyday, with God, I stand against fear.