“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
Don’t Accept Thoughts From The Devil
The verse begins with the words, “Above all”. When you see the words “above all”, it means that what it is referring to is of top priority. In other words, of all the pieces of the armour, the “shield of faith” is of paramount importance.
The shield of faith can “quench all the fiery darts” that the wicked one throws at us. What are the fiery darts? They are thoughts. When the devil throws them at you, you can quench them or accept them. If you accept them, then the devil can make inroads into your life.
Remember the illustration of Irene and her two friends who threw her a birthday party? From that illustration, we learnt that the devil throws thoughts into our minds to trick us. Poor Irene
thought that her friends were conspiring against her when in truth, they were conspiring to bless her! Unfortunately, Irene accepted those fiery darts from the devil.
It is not about having faith in your faith, it is about having faith in His faith.
When we accept the thoughts that he throws at us, he is able to instil in us fear, self-pity, condemnation, feelings of rejection, feelings of betrayal and so on. For example, a symptom may present itself in your body. The devil then throws a thought at you: “It’s cancer! Remember that your grandfather died of that disease?” If you accept the thought and start to entertain it, you will begin to fear.
Don’t accept them, my friend! Ephesians 6:16 says that the shield of faith will help you quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. So how should you respond? Well, your part is to simply keep the shield of faith up to quench the fiery darts coming at you from the north, south, east and west. You don’t have to worry about where the thought darts are coming from. You don’t have to worry about how many darts are being thrown at you. All you have to do is keep your shield of faith up because it will quench all the darts, not just some.
The main question you have to deal with is this: Am I living in faith? Am I acting in faith? But it is not about having faith inyour faith, it is about having faith in His faith. How does faith work? It works when we know how much God loves us. (Galatians 5:6) The fiery darts thrown at us from the devil are designed to counter the pieces of our armour. The darts try to stop us from trusting in God’s truth. They try to stop us from believing in our righteousness in Christ. They try to stop us from walking in peace. But as long as you know that you are living in faith, you don’t have to worry where the fiery darts are coming from because they will be quenched.
The apostle Paul often used images of warfare in his writings. Here, he is using imagery of futuristic battles as well. In many science-fiction movies such as Star Wars, the large spaceships often have an invisible shield around them. When shot at by their opponents, the laser beams simply bounce off the invisible shield. The only way to shut off the shield is to sabotage the spaceship from within.
We are a little like those spaceships. Our invisible shield is our faith. And the devil tries to bring it down by attacking us from within with thoughts and accusations. And if we start to entertain and believe those thoughts, we are left without a protective shield and the fiery darts can hit us and cause damage. But if you are living in faith, then you are protected from the devil’s fiery darts. If your shield of faith is up, I don’t care how many thousands of fiery darts are being launched at you and from which direction because the shield will quench all the darts.
Now, some Christians do the opposite. They bring out a shield of doubt and quench all the blessings of God! So make sure your shield is a shield of faith, not doubt.
‘Rest In My Faith’
Not too long ago, I had a chronic skin condition. One day, I said to God, “I believe that this pain will leave me now.”
Then, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Son, has it left?” “No, it hasn’t,” I replied.
He asked, “Do you believe that I have faith for your miracle?”
“Of course,I do!”I said.
He said, “Rest in My faith.”
I rested in His faith and that day, the condition disappeared from my body! I didn’t feel anything out of the ordinary. I didn’t feel the brush of angels’ wings on my face. But it left!
You see, faith is simple, so don’t make it so complicated. Some of us are trying so hard to have faith or build faith that it becomes faith in our faith. “Do I have enough faith? Have I confessed enough scriptures? Have I confessed in faith? Maybe I should do this…” No, you should just rest in His faith. Just believe that He has the faith for your miracle. Just believe that He can and that He is willing to bring your miracle to pass because He loves you. When you see His grace towards you, when you keep your eyes on Him and just believe in Him, that is faith without you being conscious of it!
One Sunday, during one of my sermons on healing, a lady in our church was busy sending SMS messages to her friend who was at home. The messages contained points and scriptures from the sermon. She also told her friend to just believe and confess, “By Jesus’ stripes, I am healed!” You see, her friend
had cancer. Well, her friend read the text messages and confessed that by Jesus’ stripes, she was healed. When she went back to her doctor that same week, he could not find any trace of cancer! I believe that she was healed the same day she believed that by Jesus’ stripes, she was healed.
Now, I wish that every sick person could receive the manifestation of his healing within a day! But it doesn’t always happen so quickly. So I can’t tell you how long you should confess, “By Jesus’ stripes, I am healed” before the manifestation of your healing comes. But one thing is sure: It is God’s Word and God’s Word cannot return to Him void. If you have to confess it for a month, then confess it for a month, knowing that Jesus has the faith for your miracle. Just do it until your healing manifests. Hebrews 10:35–36 says, “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” And as you confess God’s Word, simply rest in His faith, not yours. Simply believe that He has the faith for your miracle!