The Shield of Faith


Good morning, and a warm welcome back to all my dear readers today! I have by God’s grace been doing alright, and I hope you have as well.

Today, let us return to our discussion of the Armor of God.

4. THE SHIELD OF FAITH

As we read before in Ephesians, Chapter 6, verse 14-17,

16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”pt196_fierydarts-cropped

This, my friends, is what I have been waiting for. My favorite part of the Armor, the shield of faith!

Our faith in God alone can save us in any time of distress or need. We all know what a shield does for a soldier at battle. The shield is like a part of the armor that he can manipulate to protect different parts of his body according to the enemy’s attack.

A soldier’s shield moves according to how his hand moves, as it is his hand that holds his shield. If we all carry a shield of faith, it is our necessity to carry it and hold it up with all our might, no matter what, in order to protect ourselves so we may  fight further.

shield-of-faithI hope you understand that what I am trying to say is that our faith is our responsibility. Hold it up all the time, meaning don’t lose your faith. The enemy may try to separate you from your shield using his swords and spears, but only if we hold on to it so tight will we be able to protect ourselves. Our faith in God should be strong enough so that no matter who or what comes in our way, we will never let go of that shield.

Having strong faith protects us because God can only protect you if you believe and trust that He can. If you have read my earlier posts, then I trust you remember how I once talked of how our fear makes us vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. If you would like to read that post once again, please CLICK HERE.

Why should we, the soldiers of the army of the almighty and powerful Heavenly Father, fear at all? Hold on to your faith, my dear fellow soldiers, because it is our duty to fight for our God.

As long as you don’t let go of your shield, the enemy can never touch you. But in order to be completely protected from the enemy, we need ALL the parts of the armor. That is precisely why I am continuing this subject and looking at each part of the armor one by one in detail.

Only if we know exactly what each part of the armor does and what it is comprised of, will we be able to do some soul-searching to see if we lack any of the parts of this armor.

Don’t forget that the enemy is looking for every chance to attack you, and you may not even know it; therefore, always be fully prepared for anything. Therefore, my friends, keepArmorOfGod-1_49213259_std your armor intact every second of every day, not letting the enemy touch you. Check your armor when you get the chance, looking to see if you’ve accidentally taken off the belt of truth or your shoes of peace.

I urge my readers to do some serious soul-searching every day, whenever you can find the time. Check yourself to see where you lack in the eyes of God, and try your best to live up to the expectations your Heavenly Father has of you.

This battle is not an easy one. It is one that requires great courage, spirit and loyalty to our Father. This battle is one that tests every one of our abilities. This battle is a test of our faith, courage and desire and striving to succeed. This battle tests our patience to hold on till the very end. This battle tests who we are and where we stand in accordance with God.

All I can say as a fellow soldier, is that we are in this together, and that God is with us no matter what. Feel free to e-mail me whenever you’d like, if you’d like to talk about your personal experiences in this spiritual warfare so far. I’d be glad to hear from you and discuss with you about such matters, and we can all morally support each other in this war with the devil. Here’s my e-mail: steny8295@yahoo.in

I’ll see you next time, and in the meanwhile may God bless you and may the peace of Christ be with you!

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The Second Commandment- Graven Images


Warm and heartfelt greetings to you today my dear readers! I must say that I just can’t stop thinking of how much I love our Lord and I feel (and hope!) that I am not alone, for otherwise you would not take the time to read my posts!
Today, let us go back to a subject that we started some time ago, which is the analysis of the Ten Commandments.

Today, let us look at the Second Commandment.

The Book of Exodus, Chapter 20, verse 4:

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

This commandment is very literal. God commands you to not make any graven image, which means “A carved idol or representation of a god used as an object of worship.”

This is what the Israelites did to God after He saved them through Moses. It is said that after Moses came down from the mountain of Sinai after his time with God, with the Commandments, he found them worshiping a calf made of Gold, and making offerings to it. He was enraged and thus shattered the very stones upon which God had written the Ten Commandments.

My question is, how is it that people are so fast able to forget the God that saved them? Why are people so willing to betray God and so slow to accept Him even though He has done such miraculous things in people’s lives?

Even now, I am so sad to say this, but more than 98% of the people I see around me do not care about God. Most of them are just ignorant of the fact that there is a living God watching over the actions of every being on earth, willing to forgive and bless if you are willing to repent.

When we have THE living, true and loving God for ourselves, why must we create sculptures and idols of dead or imaginary beings and worship them? Is it not like saying you are quenched of thirst by making a statue of a waterfall and looking at it, instead of actually drinking from the clean stream that is the only thing able to really quench your needs?

I must say that God hates it when people, especially the people that He has visited and touched in life, decide to disobey Him and make Him angry when they in fact know that He exists and that He despises their actions. Why? What need do we have to do such things?

So for the knowledge of my readers, I have to say this, but many of you may not like this. DO NOT bow down to any idol, to any statue or to any carved or drawn image.

DO NOT WORSHIP these false things when in fact you have the living God watching over you in heaven.

Statue Of Jesus Christ On Wood Cross

DO NOT WORSHIP ANY IDOL, EVEN THAT OF JESUS CHRIST, FOR IT DOES NOT CONTAIN THE LIVING GOD.

And this includes the sculptures in churches. Yes, I know many of you may by now hate me for saying this, but I must write the truth and nothing but the truth. DO NOT bow down to or worship the statues and idols in church, even if they are of the Son of God Himself. None of the Apostles ever made an idol of their Master. It is against the will of God.

He says do not create graven images of anything “that is in the heaven above”, which includes Jesus Christ. I am not saying that you must not worship Jesus Christ. If you for some reason think that is what I am implying, you are gravely mistaken my friend.

Jesus Christ is living. He is risen, and He is in heaven, watching over us and talking to God for our sake. You must worship Him the living Son of God, and not a statue or idol of Him, which does not contain any trace of the real Christ. Idols do not have life. They do not contain any part of God or the Spirit. They are dead, lifeless things which we made from clay and stone, which we shouldn’t have even made in the first place.

I must say that to please God, just worship Him, the one and only real God, in heart and soul. He is with you always. If you have been worshiping the idols and you now see that it was wrong, you can always repent and turn to God, for He is ever-forgiving and kind. If He wasn’t the kindest and just being ever to be, you and I would not be spared, my friend.

And one more thing. When I write these things, do not think that I am trying to force everyone into becoming a true Christian. I am not trying to imply that everything I do is right or anything like that at all. These laws were written by the Almighty God Himself. I am merely a being trying my best to bring the knowledge of God across the length and breadth of this world. You are welcome to either accept and practice or to reject these matters. It is in the end your personal decision.

But those of you who choose to accept the word of God and turn to Him, will definitely be blessed abundantly. True Children of God, will indeed have to face great hardships in life for this world is most likely to despise true Christians and to reject them. But we know in heart who we are and what a privilege it is to be close to God. We know what treasures await us in heaven.

So fear not for God is with you. Jesus loves you so much, and nothing can compare to His eternal love which led Him to even dying for the sake of you and me.

Until we meet next time, may the peace of Christ be with you and may God bless you! 🙂

P.S. Do not hesitate to e-mail me for questions and concerns: steny8295@yahoo.in
or my father Evg. Joy Simon for prayer: joysimonapb@yahoo.com