Understanding how faith works is the most important thing.
We must become proficient in the use of that which should be normal for the believer.
FAITH IS YOUR DEFENSE AGAINST THE ENEMY
1 Peter 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
James uses the same terminology concerning our adversary, Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13.
in your faith you are standing firm (2 Corinthians 1:24).
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore…” (Ephesians 6:10-14).
In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16).
In every battle, take faith as your wrap-around shield, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the Evil One! TPT
The majority of those flaming missiles are going to be thoughts that he sends your way in the middle of circumstances, trials, difficulties of life that come your way. He is a liar and the father of lies and is always trying to create doubt, fear and confusion in our lives.
The word “Schemes” means that the devil has one main method of operation. He is after your mind and is a master at “mind games”.
2 Corinthians 2:11 that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
The first key to resistance is knowing what the Word says
Our faith is the shield.
In order for us to win our shields must be developed!
when a missile of the enemy is fired at us we respond with the Word of God.
The two best applications; Jesus and Joshua.
Matthew 4, Jesus is in the wilderness of temptation
Jesus gives us the proper illustration of how to resist, stand, lift up the shield of faith and then use the sword of the spirit with, “It is written”.
God instructed Joshua 3 different times to, “Be strong and of good courage”.
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success (Joshua 1:8).
Meditation is not a mental exercise. To meditate means to mutter.
When the word gets in us our shield begins to develop.
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart (Luke 6:45).
A heart full of the word is going to be a heart full of faith!
A heart full of faith means, we have a good shield to defend us.
If your faith shield is strong you will have a good smile on your face because you are expecting full victory!
We cannot advance if we are in quit mode.
Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (Matthew 18:18).
Faith is not just something we have but it is to be used!