Body Shields and Face Shields
Body shields were used by Roman soldiers to shield their body from their enemy’s wielding sword and catapulting rocks. The soldier carried the shield close to their body. Medieval shields were strapped to the soldier’s non-sword wielding arm which made it less tiring since the soldier was wearing it and not carrying it. [Metatron]
“The Roman soldier’s shield was a complex piece of armor. It was a soldier’s primary defensive weapon. It was made of impenetrable wood, leather, canvas, and metal and could be doused in water to extinguish the fiery arrows of the enemy.” [Connect Us]
Modern-day face shields protect welders, tree loggers, landscapers, and other industrious workers from eye injury. Due to covid, many of us have had to consider various face shields to protect us from bacteria, viruses, and harmful droplets. [EW]
Shield of Faith
The Shield of Faith is used to extinguish the fiery darts of the enemy. The shield of faith can be wielded to protect our hearts from sinful temptations and crippling fears. The shield of faith can be lifted to bring added protection against the enemy’s lies aimed against our minds.
“As for God, His way is blameless; the word of the Lord is refined; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.” (2 Samuel 22:31 NASB)
“Faith is described as the shield that can blunt fiery arrows. Faith gives us additional protection from the enemy during intense trials. There is faith to heal the sick and cast out devils, then there is faith to remain faithful to God when He chooses not to heal.” [Cheddie]
Foundational Thoughts on the Shield of Faith
“The soldier must take the shield of faith so that when the fiery darts of the wicked one come zooming at him, they will hit the shield and fall harmlessly to the ground. Faith here is firm confidence in the Lord and in His ord. When temptations burn, when circumstances are adverse, when doubts assail, when shipwreck threatens, faith looks up and says, ‘I believe God.’” [MacDonald]
“This usually refers to the large shield (2.5 x 4.5 feet) that protected the entire body. The faith to which Paul refers is not the body of Christian doctrine but basic trust in God. The believer’s continual trust in God’s word and promise is ‘above all’ absolutely necessary to protect him from temptations to every sort of sin. All sin comes when the victim falls to satan’s lies and promises of pleasure rejecting the better choice of obedience and blessing. Temptations are likened to the flaming arrows shot by the enemy and quenched by the oil-treated leather shield (Ps. 18:30; Pr. 30:5-6; 1 John 5:4).” [MacArthur]
“Faith itself is our shield (refers to a large shield that covered the whole person). When the enemy attacks, our trust in God protects us.” [Moody]
“Satan is the source of unbelief and doubt. ‘Has God indeed said?’ is his favorite question (Genesis 3:1). Faith is what overcomes every foe (1 John 5:4). As believers use the shield of faith, the fiery darts of unbelief and doubt are kept away.” [WEO]
“The shield was large, usually about for feet by two fee, made of wood, and covered with tough leather. As the soldier held it before him, it protected him from spears, arrows, and ‘fiery darts.’ The edges of the shields were so constructed that an entire line of soldiers could interlock shields and march into the enemy like a solid wall.”
“This suggests that we Christians are not in the battle alone. The ‘faith’ mentioned here is not saving faith, but rather living faith, a trust in the promises and the power of God. Faith is a defensive weapon that protects us from satan’s fiery darts.”
“In Paul’s day, arrows, dipped in some inflammable substance and ignited, were shot at the enemy. Satan shoots ‘fiery darts’ at our hearts and minds: lies, blasphemous thoughts, hateful thoughts about others, doubts, and burning desires for sin. If we do not by faith quench these darts, they will light a fire within and we will disobey God. We never know when satan will shoot a dart at us, so we must always walk by faith and use the shield of faith.” [WBC]
Shield of Faith Application
“Faith is the shield of the believer. Trusting in God’s power and protection is imperative in remaining steadfast. When the battle rages, we must remember that God works all things for good. He is always true to His promises.” [Connect Us]
David proclaims, “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, and Your right hand upholds me; and Your gentleness makes me great.” (Psalm 18:35 NASB)
Peter encourages us to, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. So resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brothers and sisters who are in the world.” (1 Peter 5:8-9 NASB)
“At the end of Paul’s life, he could have boasted about so many things – miracles, raising the dead, seeing visions, being caught up into heaven. But in 1 Timothy 4:7, he declared, ‘I have run the race, fought the fight and kept the faith…’ Paul boasted that he kept the faith. Paul understood that he needed a different kind of faith – faith that endures.” [Cheddie]
Full Armor of God Scripture
In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly [supernatural] places.
Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious].
So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news].
Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17 AMP)
Overcoming Faith Shields Us
“When faced with authentic faith in God, the powers of darkness are overcome. That is why the apostle John could say, ‘This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.’ (1 John 5:4)” [Rose]
Standing Firm in the Faith Standing Firm in the Faith – Strength with Dignity
Life and Godliness: Foundation and Faith Life and Godliness: Foundation and Faith – Strength with Dignity
Friends of Daniel: Times of Testing Friends of Daniel: Times of Testing – Strength with Dignity
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Armor of God. Kindle edition. Rose Publishing, 2005.
Cheddie, Dr. Denver and Indira Rampaul-Cheddie. Spiritual Warfare without the Spiritual Weirdness. Kindle edition. Published by Denver Cheddie, 2019.
MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Bible Commentary. Thomas Nelson, 2005, page 1706.
MacDonald, William. The Believer’s Bible Commentary. Thomas Nelson, 2016, page 1992.
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Stedman, Rick. Praying the Armor of God – Trusting God to Protect You and the People You Love. Harvest House Publishers, Kindle edition, 2015.
The 7 Pieces of the Armor of God and How to Use Them. Written by the Editor in Chief of Connect Us. Published December 2, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2021 from https://connectusfund.org/7-pieces-of-the-armor-of-god
The Moody Bible Commentary. General Editors: Michael Rydelnik and Michael Van Laningham. Moody Publishers, 2014, page 1855.
Top 10 most Effective Shields in History. Published July 1, 2019 by Metatron on YouTube [Metatron]. Approximately 20 minutes in length. This historical overview is both informative and interesting. Retrieved August 3, 2021 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMuuCxRe9Yg
Wiersbe, Warren B. The Wiersbe Bible Commentary: The Complete New Testament. [WBC] Published by David C. Cook, 2007, page 623.
Wiersbe, Warren B. Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. [WEO] Published by David C. Cook, 1992, page 554.
10 Best Face Shields 2020. Published December 9, 2020 by Ezvid Wiki [EW]. Approximately 5 minutes in length, it rates the strengths and weaknesses of the top ten face shields of 2020. Retrieved August 3, 2021 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRXG8hP7r5A