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Shield of Faith

Shield

I thought Your shield would be
a deflecting shield that
repelled the hard things of life.

I thought the arrows of
evil,
hard times,
suffering
would glance off the shield
and fall at my feet.

The shield, however, is not a
deflecting shield,
but a
diffusing and
absorbing shield.

Flaming arrows strike with full force
jolting me with unexpected impact.
But the shield of faith,
diffuses the shock
extinguishes the arrows
and keeps me from falling.

“…take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:16)

Martha Hawn VanCise©2014 www.signpostsonhightrails.com

Flimsy Faith

wind_umbrella

 

I  thought the “shield of faith,” Scotchguarded TM  by love, would protect me from most storms.

My shelter, ribbed with mercy and grace, gave assurance of safety.

I had faith that Life’s Big Ones would

veer away

glance off,

leave my shelter unscathed.

BUT the Big Ones lashed my life as cruelly as it did other lives.

When event-named storms threatened to yank Faith from my hands, and

Unprepared-for gusts turned long-held beliefs wrong-side out,

I found that faith in faith was not enough.

 

Faith must be staked to reality, not desires or hoped-for dreams.

Enduring faith must be staked and secured to Rock with:

TRUTH  – God’s eternal unchanging Word

SALVATION  – Trust in Christ for forgiveness of sins

RIGHTEOUSNESS  – Right living in an unrighteous world

 

The shield of faith is not a

grab-from-the-closet, pop-open-with-the-flick-of-a-thumb shelter.

The shield of faith is a

daily staking-to-eternal-promises canopy that Big Ones cannot shred.

 

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

By Priscilla J. Owens

Matthew 7:24-25; Ephesians  6:14-17; Romans 8:37-39

Martha VanCise ©2013