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Shield of Faith - Part 2

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The Shield of Faith

Introduction: Last week looked at foundation of Christian Faith.
And the Foundation is Jesus
Every about Christianity is ever expanding circles around Jesus
- Everything we know: Jesus is the truth
- Everything we do: Jesus is the way
- Our very life, purpose and meaning: Jesus is life, we were created by Him, for Him and we will only know purpose, meaning, fulfillment, wholeness, and power through our proximity to Jesus
when you pray, pray so you may know Jesus
when you read your Bible read it to know Jesus
when you look at this world look for the Him in His creation
In joy, in sorrow, on the sunny day and in the darkest night of the soul look for Jesus

In Jesus we find everything we need to for Faith

We have faith in Jesus because we know He loves us
We have faith in Jesus because we know He has authority
We have faith in Jesus because we know He is merciful
And He does not change
Hebrews 13:8 NKJV
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The same Jesus that died on the cross for your sins is the same Jesus today
The same Jesus that rose from the dead is the same Jesus today.
In Jesus we have great confidence and a sure foundation for our faith
Because we have faith in Jesus we have faith in His Word
Because we trust the speatker, we have confidence in the word spoken

Christian Faith is Trusting God’s Word

Numbers 23:19 NKJV
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

We Trust: because of His power

Colossians 1:17 NKJV
And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
Acts 17:28 NKJV
for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’
God not only created all things, He sustains all things
Everything is because God has said it is so
Everything remains because God has willed it

We Trust: because He cares

Those words on those pages are for you
to proposer you, to water and feed your soul
Matthew 10:29–30 NKJV
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
God is speaking to you on a personal level
Romans 12:2 NKJV
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
God’s will is good
God’s will is acceptable
God’s will is perfect

We Trust: because of His demonstration

John 1:14 NKJV
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

What is the Shield For?

Ephesians 6:10–16 NKJV
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

Satan's power is an Illusion

His power is the power of a lie
John 8:44 NKJV
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
the devil steals be distraction: he pulls your attention away from what God wants for you
the devil kills by illusion: he gets you to walk into the trap
the devil tears down by a false narrative: he gets you to look at the world through a perverted sense of reality.
To interrupt the world with your eyes instead of your understanding
That is the reminder the passage, we wrestle not against flesh and blood!

The Shield of Faith is Our Refuge

Numbers 23:19 NKJV
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
It does not matter what anyone else says, what does God say?

The Shield of faith is how we push forward

James 1:6 NKJV
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
Without faith the world and circumstance pushes you around
with faith you push the world
I have anchored in Jesus, I’ll fear no wind or wave
Altar Call:
Deuteronomy 32:30 NKJV
How could one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, And the Lord had surrendered them?
we are stronger together
Acts 2:1–2 NKJV
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
in the course on a church service, God showed up
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