Words from the Heart for Saturday August 1st, 2020
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 Canadian Shield, also called the Laurentian Plateau, is a large area of exposed Precambrian igneous and high-grade metamorphic rocks that forms the geological core of the North American continent. The Shield stretches north from the Great Lakes to the Arctic Ocean, covering over half of Canada and most of Greenland. It also extends south into the northern reaches of the United States as the Adirondack Mountains and the Superior Upland. Human population is sparse and industrial development is minimal, but mining is prevalent.
At the heart of the Christian life is faith. We are brought into relationship with Jesus Christ by faith, we walk with Him daily by faith. There is no greater definition of this than what we read in Hebrews 11:1: “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Christian faith is not what critics call “blind faith.” It is based on what we read about in God’s word, making it a reasonable faith. But it is faith nonetheless – we trust in Jesus, whom we cannot see, but in whom we place our trust. The Apostle Paul speaks about faith this way in Ephesians 6:16: “In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.” In this chapter, Paul is using the Roman soldier’s uniform as a picture of the Christian battle against the powers of darkness in the unseen world. They are the foundation of the temptation that comes at us constantly. As we walk in faith, constantly trusting Christ to protect us, like a shield, the spears and arrows of temptation will not impact us and lead us to sin.
These have been words from the heart.