Faith Against Great Odds (The Shield of Faith)

armor-of-god “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied’.” I Samuel 17:45

My cousin and her husband have been missionaries in Nigeria for over twenty years. They’ve faced many dangers during this time. They have been victims of armed robbery. They deal with corrupt customs officials almost every time a shipment of supplies arrives. As they travel there is always the fear of being attacked. Yet they don’t give up. They are doing God’s work and their faith remains strong that God is taking care of them.

David was up against great odds when he opposed Goliath. David was a shepherd boy with no military experience. When facing the champion of the Philistines he had only his sling and stones. However, the greatest protection he had was THE SHIELD OF FAITH. David knew the Lord God was with him and he relied on God for the victory.

At various points in our lives we all come up against obstacles we can’t overcome by ourselves, no matter how hard we try. These obstructions usually have Satan’s name written all over them. He’s testing us to see how strong our faith really is. We must not accept defeat during these times. Instead we are to grab hold of THE SHIELD OF FAITH. This causes us to depend on God to accomplish the seemingly impossible victory. Without this faith the ploys of the prince of darkness against us cannot be crushed.

We are told in Matthew that with the faith of a mustard seed mountains can be moved. We each need to ask ourselves, “Where does my faith lie – in me or in the Lord God Almighty?”

APPLICATION: When you face a situation which appears impossible to get through check where your strength and faith lie. Are you depending on your own devices or are you turning the stumbling block over to God, having faith that He will help you overcome it?

(I also write a devotional on Thursdays for writers at http://www.thewritingshow.com )

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