Did you ever wonder why the Bible defines Faith as a shield?
“Above all take the shield of faith.” Eph. 6:16
The Bible tells us that God is our shield …..shield is the noun……and faith is the verb (action)
Biblical faith is not human belief. While men may tell you that faith is from yourself and in particular the prosperity gospel, it in fact is not so. Let me show you what the Bible says about the shield of faith.
Gen. 15:1 “I am thy shield.”
Deu. 33:29 “ the Lord the shield of thy help.”
2Sa 22:3 “He is my shield”
2Sa 22:36 Psa 18:35 “the shield of thy salvation..”
Psa 28:7 “The LORD [is] my strength and my shield.”
Psa 33:20” he [is] our help and our shield.”
Psa 84:9 “O God our shield.”
Psa 91:4 “His truth is my shield and buckler.” (protection)
God is the shield and faith in God becomes our shield of protection. When we take up the shield of faith we are in fact taking up God’s protective covering.
Faith in this scripture is pistis in the Greek which means ….. belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ, springing from faith in the same conviction of the truth of anything, in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it.(Strong’s concordance)
In other word, faith in God is what protects us from the devil’s flaming arrows. (attacks)
Jer 46:3 says “Order ye the buckler and shield , and draw near to battle.”
When we battle the enemy, we do so not in our own ability, but by trusting in God as our shield. Therefore, we can pray for the victory and trust God to perform his word. !
What is faith? Heb 11:1 tells us “Faith is the “substance,” and
the correct translation for this word is Hypostasis-substance which actually means foundation. So faith is our foundation.
Foundation means -the substantial quality, nature, of a person or thing.
So faith is God’s nature and not our human belief. All the man made faith or belief in the world will not move a mountain but the faith of God…..his nature, his person will indeed move a mountain.
So when we take up our position in God’s protective covering then we can quench the fiery darts of the enemy. Human belief will never keep one safe and secure from Satan’s attacks. Sooner or later you will fall if you are relying on your own belief.
The Bible says that Jesus is our foundation.
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor.3:11
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.”2 Timothy 2:19
Faith (confidence in God based on relationship with him) is the foundation (God’s quality and nature) of things hoped for.
In the Greek, hoped is ….. elpizō which means to wait for salvation with joy and full confidence.
So faith (confidence in God based on relationship with him) is the foundation (God’s quality and nature) of things hoped for (waited on for salvation with joy and full confidence.)
Which obviously means having no doubt. If you have doubt and waver you probably do not have real faith but only human belief which wavers and is not fully confident.
So then faith(confidence in God based on relationship with him) is the foundation (God’s quality and nature) of things hoped for (waited on for salvation with joy and full confidence) and the evidence of things…..
Evidence- elegchos (a proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested.) not seen… blepō (to discern mentally, observe, perceive, discover, understand, to turn the thoughts or direct the mind to a thing, to consider, contemplate, to look at, to weigh carefully, examine.)
Here it is in a nutshell. Faith (confidence in God based on relationship with him) is the foundation (God’s quality and nature) of things hoped for (to wait for salvation with joy and full confidence) the evidence (proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested) NOT SEEN.( discerned, considered, perceived, examined ,tested)
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Now that we know what faith is let us discover where faith comes from. Romans 10:17 says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Let’s take a look at the Greek translation for this scripture. Faith is Rhēma uttered speech of God.
When we get a rhema or an uttered speech from God,this comes through hearing (through revelation of the logos (written word)and can be received in different ways via the Holy Spirit such as dreams visions, revelation, inspiration)
This hearing ….comes from God.
So in other words when we get a rhema then faith will come. God’s supernatural faith and not merely our human belief. When you have this kind of faith you will not doubt no matter if the devil comes to you and tells you the opposite. You will know that you know that you know and no one can tell you otherwise. That is having real faith!
The Bible also says that JESUS is the author of our faith! Jesus is the Archēgos ( the chief leader, prince, example, a predecessor in a matter, pioneer,)
And JESUS is the Finisher of our faith ! Jesus is the teleiōtēs (one who has in his own person raised faith to its perfection and so set before us the highest example of faith)
Let’s now put it all together. Jesus is the leader and perfecter of our faith (trust and confidence in God without any evidence seen) and comes from having received a rhema word from the Holy Spirit which becomes our shield of protection from God against all the attacks of the enemy.
So when we need faith what do we do? the same thing when we need wisdom, we ask of God. when the disciples asked for an increase in faith what did Jesus tell them? If you have even a grain of faith (God’s faith as I have pointed out)you could move a mountain and command it to fall into the sea.
What was Jesus pointing out? HAVE FAITH IN GOD so that we can have God’s supernatural faith to do great and mighty exploits, not our own human faith or belief. No matter how much of that we have, we are powerless against our adversary.
So seek first God’s kingdom, his faith, his power, his ability, and you will have faith to even move mountains. For faith in God is the key to living in the supernatural. With the faith of God we are well equipped to perform any work, any assignment or any deed that God commands us to do!