Summary: 12th in a series on spiritual warfare. Now on the armor shield of faith

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Chico Alliance Church

October 15, 2006

Pastor David Welch

"Spiritually Aware, Alert, Armed and Aggressive" Pt 12

“Shielded by Faith”

I. Be Aware

II. Be Alert

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

The Biblical concept of peace describes a state of calm, wholeness, health, prosperity, completion, confidence, rest, assurance, tranquility

Peace on the inside = the inner state of calm assurance and rest based on the firm belief that through Christ everything will ultimately work out for glory and my growth.

For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. 2 Timothy 1:12

Peace with the outside world = the state of calm and rest based on based on restoration to the way God designed it to function.

Until things get restored to the point of functioning as God designed, there is no peace. Restoration of relationship with Him. Restoration of relationship with each other. Restoration of relationship with our environment.

God has not promised we will find peace with the outside world in this life. In fact, He promised tribulation in this world with the hope of triumph when He returns. He has promised that we can experience an inward peace in spite of outward chaos through faith in Him.

4. Stand firm shielded by FAITH

Today we examine a most powerful defense. It is a most indispensable element for the health of the family today.

Without it there is no salvation. (Gal 3, John 1:9)

Without it there is no spiritual growth. (Gal 3)

Without it you cannot please God and actually stir His wrath. (Heb 11)

Without it there is no rest. (Heb 3-4)

Without it there is no life. (Gal 2:20)

Without it there is no victory. (1 John 5:4)

Without it there is no endurance. (Heb 11)

Without it there is no answered prayer. (James 2)

Whatever we do without it counted as sin. (Rom 14:23)

Without it there is no hope, joy or peace. (Rom 15:13)

Without it there we are unprotected and vulnerable (1 Pet 1:5; 2 Tim 1:12; Eph 6)

in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16

This verse presents an ominous picture; standing on the battlefield facing a barrage of flaming arrows. The literal translation should be “in or with all these things”. What things? God’s truth, Christ’s righteousness, and the peace of God. “with all these things” would indicate that faith should be taken up along with all the other things.

“In all these things” would indicate that faith is a necessary element vitally connected to the previous pieces.

The normal translation of the Greek word, by far, is “in” (1,902 times) as opposed to “with” (140 times)

Given the intricate connection between all of these armor pieces I would opt for idea that faith is a critical element which supports the others. Truth without faith is fruitless. Righteousness comes by faith in Christ.

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