“In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil” Ephesians 6:16 NLT
The enemy knows where he can reach you. In a moment when you are feeling your best, he can take you down by just a single word or gesture. To any one else, it would roll off their back, but you take it in as if it is the water of life. It goes right to the deepest part of your soul and starts to spread like a cancer. Your cheery mood is now dark and getting darker as the seconds tick by on the clock. You found such joy in your day but now you feel arrows pelting towards you from all directions. You try and reflect them with a good cry, a frustrated venting session with your husband or a bag of kettle corn but they just keep coming and each one that hits finds the sweet spot right in your heart and penetrates just a little deeper each time.
You take a deep breath. Hold in the air as your feel the frustration rising up. The anger and pain are running strong in your veins. You exhale. And in that moment, God reminds you who is in charge. Another deep breath. But this time you gather all the pain, anger and hurt in your breath and breathe it out. With that exhale you rid your body of all that the devil has tried to infiltrate your body with and you prepare for battle.
Our God has equipped us with a shield of faith. This shield is not like the plastic gladiator shield you find in your kids dress up box. This shield is built with the finest material, made to withstand any arrow that might come flying your way. This shield is designed to cover your entire body as if it creates a force field around every area you inhibit protecting you from every single angle. This shield does not fault. This shield will never deteriorate. This shield is Almighty and Everlasting.
As you feel like your world is crumbling from the inside out, you are weary and run down and cannot stand – you raise your fist with the Almighty shield firmly gripped in your hand projecting it overhead as if you are a warrior screaming out your battle cry preparing to fight and you remind satan who is in charge!
It is in this moment that YOU are in charge. God is fighting for you and is cheering you on! “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline” 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT. You shout loud and clear for satan to hear and let him know who is in control. Let satan know that he does not have the right to your thoughts and your mood. Let satan know that you serve a loving God who cares for you the way a Father should. Let satan know that TODAY IS NOT HIS DAY! Satan will not have a place in your plan or your heart.
Stand firm warrior.
Hold up that shield and let out your battle cry!!!!