Here is Priscilla’s devotional:
We defined faith with this simple meaning: acting like God is telling the truth.
Truth is the hinge upon which the entire issue of faith-filled living rests. If you don’t know the truth, you can never really know how to act in conjunction with it. So the truth of God’s character and His Word provides the framework that allows our faith to flourish and thrive.
The truth of God is what makes having faith in God worth it. Without truth, we have nothing solid to hang our shield of faith on. So knowing the truth of God and the truth about God as revealed in His Word is critical if we want to live out our faith responsibly, and experience the benefits of being protected by our shields.
Any discussion on faith would be incomplete without highlighting the critical importance of hearing the voice of God clearly and accurately.
If we aren’t careful, faith can easily turn to foolishness—imprudent, impulsive, even reckless and dangerous, behavior done in the name of faith. But true faith must always be built squarely on the foundation of God’s written Word as His Spirit leads you to apply it to your life. How would you describe the difference between faith and foolishness? What keeps someone from crossing the boundary between the two?
As believers, we have the privilege of knowing His direction for us as we prayerfully seek it. He will be faithful to show us the truth, to give us His direction for the next step we are supposed to take. In fact, being confident and affirmed in that next step is critical in order to help us stay balanced as we pursue a lifestyle protected by the shield of faith.
Once you clearly know the truth of God or the promise of God in regard to a matter, it’s time to move forward in a way that’s congruent with it. Listen carefully—your feelings can never be the final determining factor for your actions. Feelings change and are subject to external stimuli. Actions done in faith must be anchored in something more solid and fixed.
Our God is true and worth following.
He is always there—far outranking Satan in strength—to hear our troubled prayers, reaffirm His fearless promises, and deliver the next bit of lamplight we need for walking steadily in His direction. Shields up, soldiers. We’re walking by faith.
Here are the scriptures referenced:
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
John 10:27 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
Oh boy…her question about faith and foolishness🤔 Maybe that could be series… I know a lot of folks who have done some foolish things and called it God told me to 😯
But anyway let’s jump back to faith.
Isn’t it amazing that everything about our armor is dependent on our open communication with the Father?
Let’s break it down shall we…
Loins girded with truth…
Basically this one means to get rid of things that hinder you in your walk. What a soldier was wearing about him is dependent on the era. But for this we will say a robe or long garment as most wore those in Jesus’ time. They would have to pull that up and tuck it in as to not impeded movement.
Prayer helps you get rid of the things in your life that hinders you as well as keeping you focused on the truth, which will help you walk in integrity.
Breastplate of righteousness…
A breastplate cover the vitals in one’s body….the heart and lungs. Therefore spiritually speaking it protects our heart as well. That righteousness comes from following after Christ and obeying the Word of God. And you can not do either without prayer.
Feet shod in the gospel of peace…
You can’t have peace or even seek peace without prayer. It’s just not in us. I’ve tried and guess what? I got in the way. I said something or did something that rekindled a past hurt. But praying and asking God to go before me it was like I was totally a different person.
Shield of faith…
For me the shield of faith and the sword go hand in hand.
For when the enemy fires those arrows of his trying to get me off track I have faith in God to see me through, to protect me and to be right beside me. And often times that sword comes into play when those arrows are of doubt because I can recall a scripture and say no THIS is what God says.
Faith comes through prayer and seeing God move based on those prayers.
Helmet of salvation…
The helmet was the last price of armor put on by a soldier and it protected his head of course. And we all know what would happen if the head got injured. They would fall and probably die despite the rest of their armor. The head where our brainy computer system is vital to everything.
The assurance of our salvation is a vital component in our spiritual warfare. That salvation though made at the acceptance of Christ into your life must be put on daily because the enemy loves to try to get in our heads. Prayer reaffirms that salvation daily!
Again a reason to pray. Our walk depends on it. Those around us depend on prayers and our armor.
So let’s Man Up or Woman Up and get dressed for daily spiritual warfare through faith and prayer!
That’s my translation. Some of you may see each piece of armor a little different. And that’s cool. We can all read the same chapter and get something different. Because the Holy Spirit is talking to each of us based on what we are going though at the time.