Spring Week of Prayer: Day 4

The Shield of Faith

"In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one …" Ephesians 6:16

In Psalm 11, David describes the wicked as those who bend the bow and fit their arrows to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart (vs. 2).  Yet the man of faith takes refuge in the simple and sublime truth that The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test, the children of man (vs. 4).  In the Old Testament, King David observed the foundation are destroyed (vs. 3); yet he did not lose heart because the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face (vs. 7).  Beloved, the LORD is in His Holy Temple.  The resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ settles us to be diligent and confident in the midst of flaming arrows.  Rejoice for Christ is our refuge, our strong tower, and our fortress.  Please use The Belgic Confession’s summary of “The Righteousness of Faith” as a guide to pray for unbelievers to receive and rest in the free offer of salvation.

Article 22: The Righteousness of Faith
 
"We believe that for us to acquire the true knowledge of this great mystery the Holy Spirit kindles in our hearts a true faith that embraces Jesus Christ, with all his merits, and makes him its own, and no longer looks for anything apart from him. For it must necessarily follow that either all that is required for our salvation is not in Christ or, if all is in him, then those who have Christ by faith have his salvation entirely. Therefore, to say that Christ is not enough but that something else is needed as well is a most enormous blasphemy against God—for it then would follow that Jesus Christ is only half a Savior. And therefore we justly say with Paul that we are justified “by faith alone” or “by faith apart from works” (Rom. 3:28).   However, we do not mean, properly speaking, that it is faith itself that justifies us—for faith is only the instrument by which we embrace Christ, our righteousness. But Jesus Christ is our righteousness in making available to us all his merits and all the holy works he has done for us and in our place. And faith is the instrument that keeps us in communion with him and with all his benefits. When those benefits are made ours, they are more than enough to absolve us of our sins."
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