5. How To Step Up With Your Heart in Tact
Today is all about taking up our shields of faith, protecting our hearts so we can step out and live courageously for Jesus.
"...The LORD will fight for us, and all we need to do is hold up that shield of faith and remember the faithfulness of the Promiser."
Here we are, in Week Five! This verse is an important one:
‘In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.’ (Ephesians 6:16)
A shield exists to protect the most vulnerable and precious part of the human body: the heart.
Thinking about what my own ‘shield of faith’ looks like, my first concern is about whether my level of faith is strong enough to be a ‘shield’. There are days when I don’t feel like I have much faith at all! Will my shield be effective against all that the world has to throw at my heart?
Thankfully, it’s important for us to remember that the value of faith lies not in ourselves, but in the person we’re hoping in. It’s about the faithfulness of the Promiser – not our own trust levels.
This means that we can look to God to fight for us, as we step out every day: on the bus to school, with our difficult friends, alongside atheist teachers or lecturers, even if we face fall-outs with our friends or are made to feel worthless – the LORD will fight for us, and all we need to do is hold up that shield of faith and remember the faithfulness of the Promiser.
At the same time, we can also increase our faith! How? Romans 10:17 tells us:
‘Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.’
Just like in Week Two, when we walked through the promises of God and the truths we can cling on to – these are the foundations that our shield is made up of.
Because when we step up and live out courageous lives in the name of Jesus, we are really likely to come under attack in our hearts. It’s the core of our beings, it’s where we feel hurt and pain most acutely, it’s what can stop us from making the right decisions, or can paralyse us with fear.
Proverbs 4:23 tells us: ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’