Let Faith Be Your Shield! (Ephesians 6:16)
I was sitting in my living room. Tears are streaming, and the house was quiet and dark. Night time was always the most difficult for me. Evelyn (who was one at the time) was asleep in her crib, and I would sneak in and pick her up and just rock her trying to fill my arms after they felt so empty after my son’s memorial service. Then I remember it clearly, sitting there on April 25, 2011, holding my baby girl… a wave of “Why’s?” hit.
“Why didn’t you save Him? He was only four days old!”
“Why did this happen to us? Did I do something wrong?”
“What did I do to cause this?”
It hit so quickly that I did not even understand what was going on. I went through a period of about two months where I could only pray to God this prayer, “I am so mad at you.” Then a few months down the road, I was sitting in church, and the Holy Spirit said, “Bobbi, it is time to lift your shield of faith.” The Holy Spirit knew that the “why’s” and the grief were starting to not just be a normal response, but they were starting to penetrate my faith. A shield needed to go up. I sat down and read Luke 7:18-35.
Here, John the Baptist has a moment of doubt. He is sitting in prison while hearing great stories about the healings and miracles of Jesus. He hears about all the things Jesus is doing for other people. However, no miracles are being done to help him to get out of prison. Jesus says, “Blessed is he who do not fall away on account of me” (Luke 7:23, NIV).
I knew that God had the power to save my son. That just because he was born at only 24 weeks that God could heal him… however, God did not. I am not sure the total reason, but I do know that losing our son birthed my ministry. I would not trade the souls that have accepted Christ because I shared with them for Jonathan… because after reading Luke 7:18-35 this is what hit me. Christ did save my son. He took the cross and rose from death so that this would be a see you later instead of a goodbye. My faith, my shield, was up and now when doubt and “flaming arrows” from the evil one come my faith stops them.
The Helmet of Salvation (Ephesians 6:17)
I have never been a hat/helmet person. I have really big curly hair… I would have naturally fit in in the 80’s. However, the helmet of salvation is necessary. I do not know about you, but there are days when the enemy tries and makes me question if I am really saved, especially, that first couple of years after accepting Jesus Christ. I have to wear my helmet of salvation that protects my brain from doubt. If I would stop and ask my heart in those times of confusion, I would be able to say YES! I am saved. However, my brain asks if I have done everything I need to (when I have!). It makes me question if I have to do more, be better, do more things.
“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:12-13, emphasis added, NASB).
We can rest assured. Stop doubting your salvation and start living in your salvation. Protect your mind from those attacks that hold you captive instead of allowing you to rejoice in your salvation.
The Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17)
Knowing the Word of God and using the Spirit to slice through attacks is essential. In fact, let’s look at when Jesus is being tempted. Read Luke 4:1-13. Jesus uses the Word to cut through Satan’s attack. Sisters, if Jesus did it! WE NEED TO, TOO!
“Man shall not live on Bread Alone” (Luke 4:4). Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy 8:3
“You shall worship the LORD your God and serve Him only” (Luke 4:8). Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:13, 10:20.
“You shall not put the Lord your God to the Test” (Luke 4:12). Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:16. This quote comes after Satan tries to use the Word against the Word… (Satan uses Psalm 91:12).
I thank God for His Spirit in me that brings to memory what I have read and studied in His Word. When I seek Him, the Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11). However, I did have to make Him my priority. I decided that diving into God’s Word was the most essential thing and every morning it is my routine to sit with a cup of coffee and study His Word and discuss with Him. I call it “Coffee With Jesus.” This is an essential part of my day, my life. Have you read the Bible? Do you look up the verses that you read in blogs like this? My words will never do what HIS does! Make reading and knowing His Word important to you. For it is the very sWORD He gives you. Lean on His Spirit and direct that sword where He instructs you.
Armor up, Beloved, armor up!