In my last post, I talked about true Biblical faith. We learned that you can’t just “set it and forget it”. Instead, it’s a process that must be walked out on a daily basis. Here is an illustration that Paul used to describe it.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Think about faith like a huge wooden shield, big enough for you to hide behind in the raging battle. What is it protecting you from? Paul says that it’s the flaming arrows of the enemy.
What does flame do to wood? We all know that wood is a fuel. As the weapons of the enemy hit it, the shield begins to wear away. If you just stand still in your Christian walk, you begin to lose ground. What you believed last year, you may not believe this year. Your faith begins to fade.
Scripture tells us that we must continually maintain our faith. That’s why prayer, reading the word, and fellowship with other believers are so vital to our walk with the Lord.
We need to continue in all of those things just to stand still. If that’s the case, then I really need to build my faith for moving forward in God.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
The words being sure in this verse literally mean setting under. The scriptural definition for hope is our expectation of what God is going to work out in our lives. So, in actuality, what this verse says is that faith is our support or foundation.
Faith is a support for our expectations. How can I continue to expect God’s best in the middle of the struggles of life? My expectations must be supported. It’s only through faith in what God has said that I can have this kind of foundation.
We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.
This is really what we want from God. We want to share in what Christ has provided for us. The only way this will take place is if we hold firmly to our support. That’s why we need the shield.
If faith is not held firmly, it can be knocked out of our hands. Make sure that you are maintaining your faith. It’s what you need to support you through the rough times.
Question: How has your faith in God supported you in the past?
© Nick Zaccardi 2012