Take Up The Shield – Word Of The Week


Edition #2

Ephesians 6:16 (NIV)
In addition to all this,
take up the shield of faith,
with which you can extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

The word used for shield signifies a great oblong shield which covers the whole body, and the arrows mentioned here are the kind which when it strikes a hard object it catches fire.
The promise is that when the arrow strikes the great shield of faith, though it is set on fire, it is extinguished. It cannot piece the shield. It cannot burn the one who is holding the shield.

The promise covers all manor of arrows. The kind of arrow hurled against us makes no difference to the promise. ‘All’ means all. But do we expect ‘all’ to mean all? Is there a secret fear in our hearts about a certain kind of temptation which perhaps we shall not be able to overcome?
Away with this fear! It is not from the Lord!
The shield of faith is ready to be taken up and used. If we take it up and use it, not a single arrow of any sort will pierce it.

‘All’ means all.