"Above all, taking the shield of
faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery
darts of the wicked."
told in 2 Cor 5:7 "(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)"
To walk indicates that we are to live our life and have our
life's behavior based on a trust in God and in following his
described as a shield. As part of the soldier's armor a
shield is used to protect the vital organs. It especially
protects against arrows and swords. Back in the time of the
writing of the scriptures, the burning arrow (fiery dart)
was a cause of many soldiers meeting their death. A shield
of wood would not protect against the fire. The shield had
to be made of stronger material in order to both deflect the
arrow and to protect against the fire.
tempter and enticer is Satan and he uses the fleshly lusts
to attempt to get the child of God to sin: James 1:13 "Let
no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God
cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own
lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it
bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth
of man is divided into three categories as set forth in 1
John 2:16 "For all that is in the world, the lust of the
flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is
not of the Father, but is of the world."
showed us how to use faith as a shield against the fiery
darts of Satan when he was led of the Spirit into the
wilderness to be tempted of Satan. The first temptation and
the Lord's response is set forth in Matt. 4:1-4: 4:1 "Then
was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be
tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days
and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. 3 And when
the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God,
command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered
and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
Satan appealed to the lust of the flesh. The Lord replied
with "it is written." Rather than using fleshly reason or
rationale, which will always fail us, we should respond to
the temptations of the flesh with the word of God.
second temptation of the Lord, the devil appealed to the
pride of the flesh. This is set forth in Matt. 4:5-7: "Then
the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him
on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be
the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He
shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their
hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash
thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is
written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." Just
as he had done in the first temptation, the Lord responded
with "it is written." Likewise, we should respond to the
appeals of the devil to our fleshly pride with an "it is
third temptation of the Lord, the devil appealed to the lust
of the eye. This is set forth in Matt. 4:8-10: "Again, the
devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and
showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of
them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee,
if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus
unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou
shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou
serve." We see the pattern the Lord gives us with "it is
written." Additionally, when the devil is trying to entice
us through the lust of the eyes, we need to be prepared to
respond with "it is written."
we respond with "it is written" if we do not know what is
written? This implies that we need to know the scriptures
well enough that we can respond to the temptations of life
with "it is written."
Spirit also informed us that we, by taking the shield of
faith, can quench all the fiery dates of the wicked.
Again, we see the word of God is a thorough furnisher.
addition, we point out that Paul wrote "above all" we should
take the shield of faith. While, the whole armor is
important, the most important piece for us in this armor is
the shield of faith.
"And take the helmet of salvation, and
the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"
fifth and sixth pieces of armor listed for us are the helmet
of salvation and the sword of the Spirit.
helmet of the soldier is designed to protect the head of the
soldier. The head houses the brain, the eyes, the ears, the
mouth, and the nose of the body. Certainly, this is a vital
area to be protected. The brain is the engine, governor, or
control center of the body. A malfunctioning brain places
the soldier at a great disadvantage.
helmet of salvation protects the mind of the spiritual
soldier. Many people are confused on the subject of
salvation. If we do not rightly divide the subject of
salvation in our mind, then we will end up very confused as
to how that we are saved from sin and how we have possession
of the new or spiritual man. It is important that we
understand that the bible teaches that eternal salvation is
all by the grace of God and that the bible also teaches a
temporal or time salvation for the children of God as they
walk in obedience to his word.
God's people are confused on the subject of salvation today
and many end of trying to do things for the wrong reason,
and deeply worry that they haven't done enough to procure
their eternal salvation, not knowing that eternal salvation
is by the grace of God and has been obtained for them by
Jesus Christ. Further, in their confusion they end up
fighting against the truth and yielding themselves into
bondage to the works systems of this religious world. They
become enemies of the truth. In addition, they began to
think the end justifies the means. This leads to adding to
God's word and leaving off portions of God's word. This
confusion often renders them to be poorly equipped to fight
the good fight of faith.
sword of the Spirit is the first offensive weapon listed in
the whole armor of God. With the word of God, the disciples
were accused of turning the world upside down. Many people
have been converted to the truth with this sword of the
Spirit. Through the preaching and teaching of God's word,
many of God's children have been brought to repentance from
many sinful practices and false belief systems and
subsequently experienced a closer walk and fellowship with
God and with his obedient children.
influence of God's obedient children brought about by this
sword of the Spirit has also been a great influence in the
world about them. With the greatly declining influence of
knowledge about and obedience to the word of God, iniquity
is fastly increasing in this nation. It will ultimately
lead to much destruction to the Lord's people in this nation
and possible destruction of the nation itself.
"Praying always with all prayer
and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with
all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for
me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my
mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may
speak boldly, as I ought to speak."
seventh and final piece of armor listed for us is prayer.
Prayer is both an offensive and defensive weapon in our
arsenal. For instance, the Lord prayed for Peter, when
Satan desired to sift him as wheat: Luke 22:31 "And the Lord
said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you,
that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for
thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted,
strengthen thy brethren." First, the Lord prayed for Peter
for protection against the ravages of Satan. This is a
defensive stand. Second, the Lord prayed that when Peter
was converted, that he would strengthen his brethren. This
is an offensive stand.
consists of several things. It consists of worship, of
making supplication for others and for ourselves, of
watching for the well-being and protection of others, of
making request for the furtherance of the kingdom of God and
the gospel ministry, of giving thanks for the things that
God has blessed us with, and of honoring and glorifying God.
to pray in the Spirit. We are to pray unto the Father. We
are to pray in the name or the authority of Jesus Christ,
the Son of God.
to "pray always." This does not mean that we are to pray 60
seconds of every minute, 60 minutes of every hour, 24 hours
of every day, and seven days of every week. We cannot do
this. However, we are to pray consistently and regularly
and we are to persevere in prayer. That is we are not to
stop praying for a period of time.
are to be made for ourselves, for the saints, and for the
gospel ministry. We are to make supplications (requests)
for the saints, and to request their good in prayer.
Further, we are to pray for the gospel ministry that they
may have the liberty to preach the word of God and that God
will give them utterance (that which he would have them say)
and that God will open doors of utterance (to whom he would
have them speak).
addition, we are to pray that God will give his ministry
boldness to speak the word in power and demonstration of
Spirit and to speak it clearly with understanding that the
ones to whom they preach may know what is being preached.
which I am an ambassador in bonds." An ambassador is one
who represents the good things of his country to others.
The gospel ministry are ambassadors of God to God's
scattered people. They are telling them the good things and
good news of God and his kingdom. For this, we ought to
pray that God will enable them to speak boldly and to make
known the mysteries of the gospel.
Ephesians 6:21-24 "But that ye also may know
my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and
faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all
things: 22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose,
that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort
your hearts. 23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with
faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24
Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in
was to be done in secret. Paul did not hide his affairs
from the knowledge of the brethren. He sent Tychicus to the
Ephesians, that they might know his affairs, and make known
all things unto them. In doing so, he would also comfort
the hearts of the hearers through the preaching of the
closed with mention of the great subjects of peace, love,
and faith. He acknowledged that these things came through
God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Additionally, he
closed with the mention of God's grace. Paul opened and
closed his epistles with the mention of God's grace. He
surrounded his writings with the mention of God's grace.
Grace is the grand subject of what he wrote.