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Ephesians 6:16 “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.”

In our daily lives, we use many things for shields. I am referring here to ordinary things, not the things of fictional books and TV; I’m not talking about Captain America’s indestructible shield or the shields that were used to protect the starship Enterprise on Star Trek (never saw those shields but they mostly worked whenever Captain Kirk and crew were under attack!)

In a rainstorm, we use umbrellas to shield us from the rain and wind. We use wide brim hats to shield us from the bright sunlight and its harmful effects. We use emergency funds and savings as shields against sudden job loss or unexpected big bills. Parents often are shields for their children against harmful influences while those kids are still growing up. The offensive line protects the quarterback and running backs in a football play from the opposing team’s defense. A shepherd is “the” shield for his flock of sheep against all kinds of danger.

My oldest son helped me light the fire in the fireplace last night. Once lit, we shut the firescreen; this is a metallic “screen door” designed to let the heat out, but keep sparks from popping out of the fireplace onto the carpet. Though the sparks were hot, they would hit that screen and bounce back…most time the sparks would be extinguished. The shield of faith is our defense “to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one”. The devil is not above both kinds of attack…up close and long-distance. To advance against his attack you must practice your faith in God every day. Remember, a shield is no good to you unless you pick it up and use it!

Have a blessed day!

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