The Armor David Wore :: Shield of Faith


The Bible records that David, the shepherd boy chose not to wear the armor of a soldier, that King Saul armed him with, when he averred to fight the giant, Goliath (1 Samuel 17:38-39). But David did wear another kind of armor, an armor that was more effective than the physical armor that he chose not to wear, against an armored foe. It was a spiritual armor that He wore.

According to Hebrews 11:1, faith is defined as the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. In other words, when one wears the goggles of faith, they can see the invisible. When David faced Goliath, Goliath with his natural eyes saw a ruddy young shepherd boy but when David saw Goliath, instead of seeing the giant, He saw the God far greater and bigger than the giant. With fervency and full confidence in the God who promised to be with His people when they went to war (Deuteronomy 20:4), David knew that it not him or his skills, but it would be God who is true to His word, who delivers the giant into his hands. The mocking arrows found no way to penetrate the shield of Faith that David held on strongly to.

When we arm ourselves with the shield of faith, we can the immortal, invisible, and only wise God (1 Timothy 1:17) and He will fight the battles we are engaged in, giving victory to us, and gaining the glory due Him.

Deuteronomy 20:3-4 (KJV)
3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;  
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For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you

Psalm 91:4-6 (KJV)
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He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
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Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
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Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Faith Actions


From the book of James we learn a lot about Faith. In fact, except for the first 18 verses, the book of James is all about faith. While studying this book in the Holy Bible, I learned that the product of faith is Wisdom (James 3:13-18; James 4:19-20) and Humility (James 4:1-12). I also learned and found it useful to summarize the main themes using the acrostic FAITH.

Faith

  • plays no FAVORITES (James 2:1-13)
    • It does not discriminate
  • proves itself by ACTION (James 2:14-26);
    prays for the AFFLICTED (James 5:13-18)

    • Faith without works is dead
  • prevents IMPULSIVENESS (James 3:1-12)
    • Controls the tongue
  • promotes TRUST and dependence on God (James 1:19-27; James 4:13-5:6)
    • Obeys the word
  • pins one’s HOPE for the return of Jesus Christ (James 5:7-12)
    • Endures awaiting Christ’s return

Let it not be said of us, “Oh ye, of little faith!” but instead let the Lord be able to tell of each one of us, that “faith like ours has not been seen in all of our city!”

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Image Copyright: Leap of Faith by Steven Mitchell

Faith expression – Can Jesus or Jesus can


It was March 07, 2010 and I was having lunch with my four year old beloved son, Reuben, and loved wife, Sangeetha,  in one of the restaurants at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World, Orlando. A man guided a lady who was blind with her guide dog, to the table next to ours where he seated her. Reuben was intently looking at this lady and as I was on the verge of telling him not to stare, he suddenly mumbled something.  Since I did not hear what he said, I asked my wife as to what Reuben had just expressed. He said, “I said, Jesus can make her see“. It caught me by pleasant surprise and I soon realized that this was a expression of faith; simple faith. Many times, instead of expressing faith, we question God’s faithfulness. Rather than stating confidently, that ‘Jesus can make her see’, we tend to ask, ‘Can Jesus make her see?’ But my son reminded me that day as to how we ought to express our faith in Jesus. I learned a valuable lesson on faith that day from my four year old son. It is important how we express our belief (faith) in Jesus and our prayer is that Reuben never loses that sense of faith, one that he imparts to all, including his parents.

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The eyes we see with


The second book of Kings in the Bible records the event of the servant of Elisha, the man of God, who had risen early and saw a host made of horses and chariots of the Syrian army, that waged war against Israel. They were sent by the king of Syria to capture and take Elisha, the prophet of God (2 Kings 5:3). Having seen how the city of Dothan, where Elisha was, surrounded, the servant frets and worries. Elisha responds with words of assurance that, those who were with them were more than those who were with the enemy. Then Elisha prayed that the eyes of his servant be opened and the Lord opened the servant’s eyes of the servant. Now Elisha’s servant saw not man’s army of chariots and horses, but God’s army; a mountain full of horses and chariots of fire around the prophet.

Point(s) to ponder:

  1. When we see with the eyes of our body, we see the things of man, the visible and natural elements (horses and chariots).
  2. Man’s elements are not reason for us to fret or worries about, because God with us is more than the world. God and his armies who was with them were more than those of the enemy.
  3. We need to pray that the Lord opens our eyes (of faith) with which we can see God things. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
  4. When we see with the eyes that the Lord opens, we see things of God; the invisible and supernatural elements (horses and chariots of fire)

2 Kings 6:13-17 (KJV)
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And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.
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Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.
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And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
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And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
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And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.