In every sphere of Christian life there needs to be that security of separation from the world that is typified by the “Gospel of peace.” There is something about the good news of salvation that identifies a child of God as a person who stands firm in spite of evil all around. This is not a person who is lazy, lying on a bed relaxing with his shoes off. This piece of armor indicates a person is ready to go forward in faith in spite of the difficult situations through which we have to pass. The uneven ground underfoot does not stop one whose feet are properly shod. Readiness and firmness are not too dramatic but are necessary when one is in the fight to preserve their home. Faith is linked with that too. Whether standing in defense or going forward, both the Gospel and faith are essential. There will always be the darts of doubt, temptation, scorn and abuse of one kind or another. Probably one of the most challenging darts is verbal abuse. When goodness and helpfulness is repaid with complaints and animosity, those darts can seriously injure one who has let the shield of faith drop for even a moment. Darts come thick and fast like bullets looking for a place to get past the armor. In spite of what happens around us, we must remain firmly confident in God. A living trust in the promises and power of God helps us personally, and when linked with the faith of others around us, actually can form a protective wall of safety. That is keeping the unity of the faith. Those fiery darts can catch fire in the inner man. In faith we must rely on God and stand firm.
The website GaiusGoff.com was built to display Gaius Goff’s writing project of a devotional walk through the Bible, titled Listening & Learning. On the website you’ll also find audio recordings.
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