Good morning, afternoon, or
evening. How is everything going with you? Have you
used your shield of faith yet? You ill have to if
you want to keep your peace, strength and joy. If
someone spoke ill of you, or criticized you, or put
you down today and you feel real bad, then you have
not used your shield of faith. Of course, we are not
perfect and sometimes we need to be corrected. But,
that is not what I am talking about here. I am
talking about you walking along through your day and
wham!!!…You get hit with a person who is angry and
they say something to you to throw you for a loop.
Or perhaps you are walking along your merry way and
someone you know says something to make you feel
like you are nothing. Get the picture? Where is your
weakness? Take a good look because the devil knows
them and will use hoever he can to destroy your day
and rob you of your peace, rendering you incapable
of sharing your God given gifts and talents.
The shield of faith…how do you
use it and why is it so important? Glad you asked.
Ephesians 6:12 & 14 "For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers
of the darkness of this world, against, spiritual
wickedness in high places." "Wherefore take unto you
the whole armor of God, that you may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to
stand. Stand Therefore."
Ephesians 6:16 "ABOVE ALL, taking
the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."
Though the full armor is greatly
important. It says in Ephesians 6:16 above all take
the shield of faith.
God gave me a great revelation
just recently. He said look at this. There is the
devil and his demons going around seeking whom he
may devour (1 Peter 5:8). He comes to steal, kill
and destroy (John 10:10).
How does he do this? One way that
God revealed to me was through people. Oh those
people out there…you say. No, through anyone, that
has a weakness in a particular area in his or her
personality. Non-Christians, you may be thinking.
Sure them. No all people? Remember, Jesus rebuked
one of his disciples and said in Mark 8:33 "Get thee
behind me Satan: for thou savourest not the things
that be of God, but the things that be of men." Of
course, Peter, His disciple was not Satan but Peter.
He was being used by Satan to attack Jesus. And
guess what? Poor Peter didn't even realize it. We
are also like that… unaware sometimes. And there you
go, hurting someone you had no intention of hurting.
Then finding ourselves again
apologizing for what we did. The thing is, if we
would only become more aware of the fact that we are
being used. Then we can stop that by using the Word
of God. Every time anger, jealousy, envy, critical
saying, etc. rise up in us, we can say NO! This is
not of God and cast it down. Then seek God for His
help and deliverance from this chip in our armor.
How about the other side of the
coin? Those other people that just seem to get under
our skin. You know, the ones that will always
criticize you. The ones that always seem to be angry
when you're around. The ones who say you're not good
enough to do anything.
These people God showed me are
deceived. He showed me that every person has a
certain bent, in the flesh, which characterizes his
or her personality. It could be anger, jealousy,
pride or some other manifestation of the flesh.
Galatians 6:19-21 "Now the works
of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations,
wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying,
murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of
the which I tell you before, as I have also told you
in time past, that they which do such things shall
not inherit the kingdom of God."
The devil operates through our
flesh. He has no power of his own. He will hide
wherever he can get a strong hold in you. Are you
bent to anger, or to criticize? He knows your
weakness and will use it to hurt others, even when
you are not aware of what is going on.
This is how God showed me….
Picture "Paper Made People." The devil comes along
and picks up one of these paper made people, hides
himself behind it, and criticizes you. Then steps
away from that person, and throws it aside and pick
ups another and on and on. As paper made people,
they don't get hurt. But as real people they do.
Why, because they didn't even realize they were used
to hurt you. So there you are you are hurt and the
person used is in confusion. We know that confusion
is not of God. So who do you think just messed up
The conclusion of the matter from
God to us is… To be sober! Be vigilant! For your
adversary, the devil, is roaming around like a
roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false,
prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but
inwardly they are ravening wolves." Matthew 7:20
"Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them."
Matthew 7:21 "Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in
Go and do what God has called you
to do. Use the SHIELD of FAITH to quench the fiery
darts. How? faith is the substance hope for and the
evidence of things not yet seen.
11 Rules of Faith,
1. You are Told of God,
2. You OBEY God,
3. MOVE in God,
4. RECEIVE of God,
5. WALK in the blessing,
6. You WORSHIP God,
7. Leave sin,
8. Leave the place or situation,
9. WALK in New Life,
10.SEE old walks fall down,
11.Have everlasting Life.
A Promise from the Lord found in
Jeremiah 30:16 & 17 "Therefore all they that devour
thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries,
every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they
that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey
upon thee will I give for a prey." "For I will
restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of
thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee
an Outcast, saying, This is Zion (Mary, Joe, Emily),
whom no man seeketh after."
So next time you are criticized,
envied, lied to, swayed away from God and His Word,
picture the Paper People and how they are used to
destroy your day and walk with God.
Then stand with your shield of
Faith in God, knowing this truth and you will find
yourself laughing as you walk on past the deceptions
Until Next Time,
Rev Marilyn Marinelli