‘God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.’ Romans 12:3 NKJV
You can’t sit back and do nothing, believing God will do everything for you. You have a part to play. Apostle Paul says God gives each of us a measure of faith. Jude says you develop spiritually ‘by building yourselves up in your most holy faith.’ (Jude 1:20 NIV) Faith under attack is just faith under construction. It’s in the battles of life that you discover whether you have nurtured faith or neglected faith.
In Biblical times, many Roman soldiers used a scutum, a shield that protected them from head to toe. It was made of wood and upholstered with thick layers of canvas and leather. Its curved shape meant the enemy’s flaming arrows would glance off and fizzle out before they could harm the soldier. Now you understand what Paul meant: ‘Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.’ (Ephesians 6:16 NIV) Satan’s arrows can’t penetrate your heart when it’s pure, saturated in Scripture, and fortified by faith.
That’s why Jesus told Peter, ‘Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail.’ (Luke 22:31–32 NKJV) It’s your faith that’s under attack! It’s your faith that needs to be fed! It’s your faith that sustains you in life’s battles! Jesus told us to have faith in God. (Mark 11:22 KJV) It’s the time you spend with God in prayer and the Scriptures that strengthens your faith to win life’s battles.
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The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023