A couple of days ago I wrote about the importance of the Shield of Faith and how faith is more than thoughts but is, by definition action. In a word, faith is obedience. But I want to come back to faith as a thought because our actions are born out of our thoughts. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (KJV). Our thoughts hold the key to our actions and attitudes and behaviors. What you think matters. That’s why Paul exhorts us to think about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
Consider once again the Roman soldier in battle. When the enemy advances, swinging his sword, the soldier raises his shield to protect himself. And when the enemy is shooting arrows and throwing javelins at him, he can crouch behind his shield as the weapons of warfare bounce off. Likewise, you and I have to become adept at taking a position of safety behind our shield. Obedience is faith in action and faith is our defense against the enemy, but we often have to “think” ourselves into raising that shield of faith. We have to think about what is true and noble and right and pure and lovely and admirable and excellent and praiseworthy. And not just one fleeting “God is good,” but a continuous monologue of faith. We have to speak truth to ourselves and let it permeate our hearts so our arms have the strength to raise that shield and hold it in a position of obedience. When we claim what we know is true about our God, when we remind ourselves of His power over our enemy, His goodness even when we don’t deserve, His faithfulness despite our unfaithfulness, His promises that never fail, His sovereign rule over every aspect of our lives, His wisdom that is working out the perfect battle plan, His everlasting, never-failing, rock solid love for us —we are standing firm behind our shield of faith.
One more thing – when the battle is at it fiercest and the enemy is swinging hard, the soldier knows that he cannot lower his shield; he must keep a firm grip and stay behind his protective barrier. A wise soldier knows that if he sticks his head out from behind his shield, he’s going to get clobbered. You and I cannot lose our grip or lower our shield. We’ve got to stay in our protective position. Picture yourself crouched down, your head safely lowered behind your shield, behind everything you know is true about your God. Looks a lot like the position of prayer doesn’t it?
The battle is on and the enemy is relentless. But you have a strong shield when your thoughts are fixed on what is true about God. The soldier who stays behind his shield is a soldier who survives the battle. Raise your shield of faith Beloved –Yahweh Magen – the Lord your Shield will protect you.