Summary: 13th in a series on spiritual warfare. Dealing with the armor -Shield of faith
Chico Alliance Church
October 22, 2006
Pastor David Welch
"Spiritually Aware, Alert, Armed and Aggressive" Pt 13
“Shielded by Faith”
III.Be armed & aggressive
A.Be fully empowered
B.Be fully armed
C. Stand firm – engage the enemy
1. Stand firm having girded your loins with TRUTH
2. Stand firm armed with RIGHTEOUSNESS
3. Stand firm prepared with PEACE
4. Stand firm shielded by FAITH
Truth enables an accurate overall perspective on life.
Truth protects us and demolishes Satan’s lies which derail our life.
Righteousness enables godly thinking and living.
Righteousness protects us against Satan’s condemnation and motivates godly living.
Peace guards our relationships with our inner and outer world.
Christ’s peace protects us against Satan’s confusion and chaos.
Paul then instructs all believers to take up a protective shield.
THE CONCEPT OF FAITH
Both Old and New Testament terms translate similarly. Our English words "faith, trust, belief, believe, entrust, rely, persuade” all come from the same Greek root word.
We are called to personally “take up” faith which is a shield against Satan’s attacks. God provides the weapons, we must appropriate them. The shield is the first line of defense in our aggressive advance against the enemy’s fortresses.
What is it?
The core concept of Biblical faith has to do with trust.
Faith is the reasoned decision to trust God
based on the firm conviction or belief that God knows what is best
and always does what He says.
Genuine belief or faith engages the whole person. (Immaterial) Mind, emotion, will
(Material) action. Satan works two sides of this issue. He tries to keep us from trusting God by his fiery arrows of doubt and fear. He encourages us to put our trust in anything but God. His main goal is to keep us from submitting to God’s work in our life. He continually encourages us to do our own thing; follow our own selfish agenda.
Every day we make decisions to act based on whom we trust. Faith is not a foreign concept. We exercise faith every day. We cannot survive without some level of trust in someone. Life in this world requires trust. We trust the surgeon. We entrust our life in the pilot’s ability to fly the plane and the mechanics ability to maintain the plane. We trust the food that we buy is safe for human consumption. We trust the medicine we buy is what it says it is. We trust the mechanic did what he said he would do. All of us exercise trust at a certain level. We have all also had our trust violated from time to time.
THE PROCESS OF FAITH
The process of trust is the same. We may not always think it through, but all the elements are there.
•The need for help outside of ourselves (Struggle)
•The research for who might fill that need. (Enlightenment)
•The point of belief based on our research (Decision)
•The point of motivation to act. (Energizing)
•The point of action (Obedience)