Many sermons on the Shield of Faith (Eph 6.16) spend most of the time talking about the physical description of a 2,000-yr-old Roman shield.
- How big was it?
- What color was it?
- Did everyone have the same kind of shield?
- Could they link them together for more protection?
- On and on the descriptions go…
While I’m a history buff who finds that kind of stuff interesting, I’m often left asking, “So what? Why does this matter to me?”
Paul seems convinced that we’re in the midst of a dangerous battle (cf. Eph 6.11-12), so I want to do more than just read about a shield and hear people talk about weapons.
I want to carry some myself. And, I want to know how to use them at a moment’s notice.
Lord-willing, that’s what this sermon attempts to do. We spend most of our time discussing these two verses:
In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
I have a vision of this generation–my generation–changing our family trees in a way that impacts and benefits our families for many years into the future. To do that, we have to address the kind of questions raised in this sermon:
- How do I “hold up” faith like a shield?
- Why has Satan been able to shoot the same “fiery arrows” at us and our ancestors–all the way back to Adam & Eve?
- If the battle isn’t against other “flesh-and-blood” people, then who is it really against?
- How is Satan’s Army structured? Should that matter to me?
- How concerned should Christians be with demonic attacks?
- Where is Satan currently working on you–at this very moment?
What does the Shield of Faith have to do with any of this? Everything!
When we use the gift of faith the way God intended for it to be used, it is capable of pushing back the darkness and changing our family tree. In short: the things we believe today–about God, about Satan, and about ourselves–will impact multiples generations of family members who aren’t even alive yet!
The question is now “If“ but “How will you and I shape our family tree?”
Mentioned or Referenced in this Message
(chronologically, in order of appearance during the message)
- Eph 6.16
- Everyone must come to their own personal decision of faith. No one can believe for you.
- Regardless of how good our life currently is, we are all just one bad decision away from ruining it.
- The Shield of Faith is capable of changing your family tree.
- Eph 6.12
- The true source of our problems is spiritual, so the solution must also be spiritual.
- Eph 6.11-13; James 1.14-16
- Denying your enemy’s existence is a deadly mistake.
- Many Christians have an unhealthy interest in the supernatural–especially the demonic.
- Eph 1.17-22
- When is the last time you felt confident hope about your future? (Rev 22.1-14; Rom 8.18-28, 37)
- Christians have read the end of the book and know things will be better than just “OK.”
- Deut 18.9-14; 2 Kings 17.17; Lev 19.26, 31; Acts 16.16-18
- Rom 8.11
- Satan is the master of deception and darkness (Jn 8.44; 2 Cor 11.3; Rev 12.9)
- Which lie are you currently accepting as truth?
- Every fiery arrow is shot from the darkness.
- Jn 8.12; Jn 14.6
- Rom 12.2
- Phil 4.8
- Stop thinking about things unworthy of your mind. (Eph 4.17-23)
- One of Satan’s favorite lies is: “You’re not enough. You’re not worthy.”
- Gen 3.4-5
- Are you currently saying, “I’m not enough until ______________.”?
- “Do not covet” may be the hardest commandment to keep. (Ex 20.17; Phil 4.11; 1 Tim 6.17-19)
- Col 2.8-12
- Rom 5.8
- Mark 16.16; Acts 2.37-28; Gal 3.27; Rom 6.3-5