God's Armor, Not Ours - Part 5 (Shield of Faith)
In Romans 6:16, Paul instructs the Christian to spiritually arm himself/herself with The Shield of Faith by saying, "In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one." (NIV)
The King James Version of this verse states - "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the firery darts of the wicked." A special note about the first part of the verse in the King James Version translation is that the phrase "Above all" in "Above all, taking the shield of faith..." according to the original Greek, epi pasin, describes position in battle and not importance in the line-up of armor pieces. "Faith is designed to be out in front where it can completely cover you in every situation of life!" (p.353, Renner)
Romans 10:17 states - "faith comes from hearing the message and the message is heard through the word about Christ." This Scripture creates a critical link between The Belt of Truth or Word of God (Bible) and the believer's faith represented by The Shield in the soldier's armor. Remember, there is a notch even for the shield to latch onto and rest in times of non-engagement. This is a clear depiction of the Christian's faith being attached to God's Word.
The Roman soldier possessed two types of shields - one smaller, decorative shield for public ceremonies and parades called the aspis and the other well-known, larger shield called the thureos which referred to "a door that was wide in width and long in length" (p.347, Renner, Dressed To Kill).
One of the major points of these military or large battle shields was to cover the entire body in their protection. In the same manner, the Christian's faith finds full coverage in God's Word and His many promises. Romans 12:3 states -"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you."
- Maintain your faith, your shield of faith by allowing the Holy Spirit to anoint you or massage His presence and promises into your faith and life.
- Maintain your faith, your shield of faith by saturating your faith or shield in His Word.
- Knowing your faith is based in His Word, the believer's shield of faith should now proceed him/her in battle or daily life.