The Word of God tells us to take the shield of faith, above all. Above all does not mean first in importance; it means covering all. The shield of faith covers all the pieces of the armor of God. Every part of the armor corresponds to a truth we have in Christ, and our faith in that truth keeps that truth secured at all times.
The fiery darts often come against the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness. The thoughts that come against the truth of the gospel are darts that have the potential to hinder our walk of faith. What we believe in each of these areas tells us which shield we need. The Word of God is the truth we declare and the sword of the Spirit. As we walk in fullness, every area is covered. We declare what we believe in our hearts confessing our Lord who covers all areas for total impact.
In areas where our faith needs to be increased, the Lord will reveal the appropriate truth in His word to help us grow from faith to faith. There are times when loved ones hide behind another’s faith, but only until it’s time for them to have their own shield of faith. Everyone has to believe for themselves, and the Lord is faithful to bring us all to completion, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 6:16 “… above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
As children of God we walk by faith, not by sight. We stand by faith until our circumstances align with the promises of God. Our faith is alive and active. By faith we see, speak and seize our potential in Christ.
Faith sees what cannot be seen with eyes in the natural. What God has done can only be seen through spiritual eyes. Faith is the evidence of things not seen. While we are waiting for the manifestation of what we believe God will do, we need to spend time with the Lord so our vision remains clear and sharply focused. As we seek God for direction, He anoints our eyes to see His answers ahead of time. As we see them, we are able to speak them forth with confidence. We stand on what the Word of God says, regardless of any other word our natural ears might hear. By faith, we proclaim the truth and see the lies being rebuked instantly. The more we believe the promises of God in our hearts, the more we can declare them to the darkness that occupies our surroundings.
Faith seizes what has already been done in Christ. By faith, we lay hold of the victory and stand as overcomers in any situation. We take possession of what has been accomplished for us by our Lord, Jesus Christ. We see, say and seize from glory to glory!
Romans 1:17 “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’ ”
In order for God’s perfect will to manifest in our lives, our will has to be surrendered and submitted to His will. This battle between the flesh and the spirit is hardest because of its intensity. There is a going back and forth until the moment when the conflict is finally conquered. From that point on, the potential struggle with the flesh is easier to handle.
Aligning our will with God’s will helps us walk through the storms we encounter. Our Lord was able to go to the cross because He had already won the battle at the Garden of Gethsemane. There He cried out to the Father for the cup to pass from Him, but nevertheless He would do the will of the Father. We get to our place of victory the same way. We want or don’t want to do this or that, but nevertheless we will to do His will. Regardless of what it costs us, no matter how hard it is, we make the decision to walk in His perfect will.
This nevertheless –always- brings the more. Grace, peace, love and His perfect plan are working in us as we yield more of ourselves to the Lord. Nevertheless doesn’t mean less of the best, but less of us for more of Him, from glory to glory!
Matthew 26:39 “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’ ”
When God moves in our lives, it’s always to allow room for His next move. We can trust that it’s for much more than we could ever ask or think. It is spiritual and cannot be comprehended in the natural.
We live and walk by the Spirit. All that is done has to be done by God. Our part is to surrender our will and ways to His. God’s will is achieved through divine communication, divine connections and divine contributions. When we are rooted and grounded in His love we understand that His love is beyond our natural understanding. He strengthens us with might through His spirit in the inner man so we can know His love and be filled with all His fullness.
No matter what width, length, depth or height we think we reach; God’s will is to take us above and beyond all our expectations. The abundant life we have in Christ is experienced most when we reach a limit. It’s when we do not see more that He brings more. When we cannot perceive how something is going to work out, He unveils His ways for a supernatural breakthrough. He lifts us up above our circumstances and stretches our horizons to give us hope. God’s love will see us through and bring us to our place of victory. All that He does keeps us going from glory to glory!
Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
The Lord honors our hunger for more of Him. He sees our drawing nigh unto Him. He knows when we are thirsty for more of Him; when we desire more time with Him; when our heart cries out for Him. We seek His presence and allow Him to move in our lives increasingly.
The presence of the Lord changes everything. Once we receive Him in our heart, He moves in every area, even those we think are hidden. With love, grace, mercy and patience…He starts healing, removing, restoring and occupying every space. When we detect that something else has taken over first place in our hearts, we must press in to the Lord so that He again is our number one priority. When we find ourselves worrying or overly concerned about things, we need to find rest in His presence. When our priorities do not line up with the Word, we seek Him first and find all things fall into their rightful position in our hearts.
As we seek Him with our whole heart, we reach greater heights. Joyfully, we receive Him as we appropriate all that He is in our lives. He sees us drawing nigh unto Him, so He draws nigh unto us. He moves in closer and closer, until there is nothing in between to hinder intimacy with Him. We are never content with just a visitation from the Lord; we desire His habitation, from glory to glory!
Luke 19:5-6 “And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.’ So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.”