“… Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one”. Ephesians 6: 16
You can’t stop the enemy from throwing the flaming arrows at you, but you can stop the arrows from getting you. With the shield of faith, you can’t be an easy target for the enemy. The invisible shield of faith makes you invincible. Fear not. Shalom
- “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me’. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9
Coming across obstacles and mountains in life are inevitable. Living a life of faith sometimes require strength to attack and clear mountains, or the sensibility and skill to avoid them and go forward. The bottom line is that; no mountains or obstacles can stop you from getting to the other side for fulfillment with the help of God. May God help you to arrive and achieve. Shalom.
- “By grace, you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”. Ephesians 2: 8.
A life of faith recognizes the grace, goodness, and greatness of God in every situation. The motivation to go on and not to complain or give up is the fact that God’s grace, God’s goodness, and God’s greatness are guaranteed for the faithful children of God. Cheer up and keep going. Shalom.
- “Jesus withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them and prayed, ’Father if you are willing, take this cup from me, yet not my will, but yours be done’. An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him”. Luke 22:41-43.
A life of faith will submit to the will of God, no matter the sufferings and struggle. And with the will of God, success is guaranteed. May your success be seen by all, as you hold on to God’s will. You won’t lose. Shalom.
- “If we’re thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he’ll rescue us from your hand, O King. But even if he doesn’t, we want you to know, O king, we won’t serve your gods or worship the image you’ve set up”. Daniel 3:17-18.
A life of faith doesn’t only believe in God’s ability but also in his sovereignty, with regards to his actions towards the faithful. It understands the wisdom, the will and the ways of God in all his actions. We won’t disappoint God if even we feel disappointed. God is and will always remain God. God bless you. Shalom
- “When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, don’t be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you”. Deuteronomy 20: 1.
Living a life of faith doesn’t mean challenges will not come. They may come, in numbers, expected or unexpected. But their number or their nature should not be a source of concern, so far as God is in control. Fear not, God will help you overcome. Shalom.
- “Lord; Martha said to Jesus, if you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask’. Jesus said to her, ‘your brother will rise again”. John 1:21-23
It’s not about our time, but rather our trust in him is the key factor in a life of faith. You may feel disappointed, but in the midst of all disappointments, Christ has an appointment with those who trust him. There can be a delay, but there won’t be a denial. The miracle will happen. Hold on to the faith. Shalom.
- “A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean’. Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man.’ I am willing, he said. Be clean!’ immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy”. Matthew 8: 2-3. Faith recognizes the Lordship, authority, ability, and availability of Jesus to help, no matter the challenges. Jesus is faithful. He can; he will. Have faith in him. Shalom.
- “For we walk by faith, not by sight”. 2 Corinthians 5:7.
A life of faith doesn’t deny the reality of problems in life. It only describes challenges in relation to the power of God. Faith may not see victory at the hand but see the God of victory at hand. By faith, we’ll make it. No fears! Shalom.
- “He said to them, ’why are you afraid, O you little faith?’. Then he rose and rebuked the winds and sea, and there was a great calm”. Matthew 8: 26
The storms of life could be too rough and fearful sometimes, but the Lord of our lives is tough enough to handle it and help us out of the danger is no longer dangerous. Fear not, the Lord is present. Shalom.
By Very Rev. George Wesley-Tagoe