Stand Firm: Shield of Faith
Written by Brandi Wilson
In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.
Faith has been a bit of a tricky battle for me as of late. I think over the years I have developed the habit of allowing my faith to be built on circumstances rather than being built on trust. That’s a big mistake when things are different than my “plan.” And when I do that, my faith gets shaky. My faith doesn’t resemble the strong faith of a shield but more like the weak plastic shield my children have in their costume basket. My heart needs this shield. A large, metal shield that protects and fends off attackers. A shield built for a real battle that blocks and STOPS FIERY ARROWS. Yes, yes, yes!
My faith, your faith will be tested. You will have seasons where fiery arrows are piercing your faith. I’d like to give you a few suggestions on how you can stand firm when your faith is being tested:
- Connect with Friends in the Faith – There are times when I just need those people in my life who really love me to remind me that God is on my side and loves me. Friends who remind me they are walking beside me helping hold up my shield of faith when maybe it is too “heavy” for me to hold up on my own.
- Reflect on Your “Stones of Remembrance” – Remember when God had the Israelites create a memorial using stones of remembrance so they could remember the way God had delivered them through 40 years of wandering into the Promised Land? We need modern day stones of remembrance to help us remember to continue to stand firm in our faith. Because even when we wander, God still delivers.
- Believe for Yourself What You Preach and Teach to Those Around You – Often in ministry we believe in God’s power for those sitting in the seats of our churches, for our volunteers, and for the people in our small group. But for some reason we stop believing the power of God in our own lives. Stop and remember that the same power that conquered the grave lives in you.
As leaders, people are always looking to us as their examples. But sometimes we don’t have the energy or courage to admit we’re struggling in our faith. Remember the difference in being authentic and transparent. We should choose to always authentically be ourselves wherever we go. But we need to find a few people we can truly be transparent with. People who walk alongside us on our faith journey, who help hold our shield up and lift us up in prayer.
Praying for those of you who are struggling right now. My heart goes out to you and I pray Jesus raises you strong and mighty.