Monday, October 12, 2015

Armor of God – Week Five – The Shield of Faith

I must admit that this listening sheet has notes written in every corner and margin.  I was starving for a lesson of faith, apparently.  This is some of what I learned from Video #5:

·         Faith is acting like God is telling the truth.

·         Active faith is a shield.

·         Faith is not foolishness.  It may look like it to the world, though.

·         Whatever God has called me to, He will carry me through.

·         God’s call will sound irrational because His thoughts are not ours.

·         When the dots don’t connect, but we do His bidding anyway, that’s faith!

·         God is sustaining universes not yet discovered!

·         The main antagonist of faith is fear.

·         The fiery darts of the enemy are mostly sent to distract, not kill.  I don’t want to be so caught up fighting fires that I never step out of the boat onto the water.

This week’s book work taught me:

·         Faith without works is useless (Jas 1:20).

·         Be a woman of faith, not just a woman who talks about faith.

·         Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we don’t see (Heb 11:1).

·         Faith is when I choose to act in accordance with truth despite the fact that I can’t see what the outcome will be.

·         I choose to live with unwavering confidence in God and His promises to me.

·         I will walk forward in accordance with the truth of His Word and His personal directives that align with Scripture.

·         I will push past the fear or doubts that seek to paralyze me with insecurity.

·         I choose to follow where God leads.

·         I trust He will take care of the rest.

·         Bigger faith isn’t the answer.  I just need to realize how big my God is.

·         My level of faith is tied to my perception of God.

·         God is faithful.

·         Anything the Lord asks of me, I should follow Peter’s example in Lk 5:5 – “…but because you said so…” I will.

·         I need to be willing to drop everything and follow Jesus (Lk 5:11).

·         God’s Spirit to convict me (Jn 16:8), teach me (1 Jn 2:27), guide me (Jn 16:13) and lead me (Mt 4:1).

·         I need to obey God’s Word and not my feelings if I want to live victoriously.

·         Over 300 verses tell me not to be afraid.

·         The enemy employs fear to keep me from walking in truth.

·         Wherever there is fear, the enemy is near.

Here’s the prayer strategy I’ve created based on what I learned:

My Faithful Father, Teller of Truth, Your loyalty, integrity and faithfulness are unmatched.  We know that in all things you work for the good of those who love You, who have been called according to Your purposes (Rom 8:28).  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful (Heb 10:23).  The Lord is on my side, I will not fear (Ps 118:6).  My God is a bridge worth crossing because He will never let me down.  My God is a great, big awesome God!  I repent of just talking about faith.  Help me be a woman who expresses faith through works (Jas 1:20).  Give me confidence in what I hope for and assurance of what I do not see (Heb 11:1).  Help me to not be distracted by the fiery darts of the enemy.  I desire to love with unwavering confidence in Christ and His promises to me.  I will walk forward in accordance with His Word and personal directives.  Give me courage to push past fear and doubt that seeks to paralyze me with insecurity.  I trust You to take care of me.  Lead me to respond to Your directions as Peter did:  “…but because You said so…” I will (Lk 5:5).  Make me willing to drop everything and follow Jesus (Lk 5:11).  I invite Your Spirit to convict me (Jn 16:8), teach me (1 Jn 2:27), guide me (Jn 16:13) and lead me (Mt 4:1).  Enable me to follow Your Word and not my feelings.  Help me to obey Your Word and not be afraid because where there is fear, the enemy is near, and I want him to be nowhere near me.  Draw me close to You, Lord Jesus.

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