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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.”

Happy (and belated) New Year everyone! Let’s continue with the first of the two hand-held pieces of the armor: the shield of faith.

According to Merriam-Webster.com, “shield” means “a broad piece of defensive armor carried on the arm” or “one that protects or defends “. (I like both definitions.) “Faith” has several variations on the same meaning, but I like this one best: “belief and trust in and loyalty to God.” Faith has its Latin roots in the same word where we get the word “fidelity” from.

The Strongest Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible states that “shield” occurs 68 times in the Bible (in its singular and plural forms). “Faith” occurs 246 times as the root word “faith”; 82 times as “faithful”, 8 times as “faithfully”, 19 times as “faithfulness”, and 4 times as “faithless”. As you can see, there’s a lot of faith in the Bible! 🙂

Something interesting I turned up here: of the 68 times that “shield” occurs in the Bible, only once is it used in the New Testament. The other 67 times, it is used in the Old Testament only. One of the Old Testament references is Psalms 18:35. I’ll share with you in the next post how God showed me that verse this past weekend!

Have a blessed day and new year!

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