Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Ephesians 6:16 (NKJV)

With an increasing emphasis on the occult evident in society, it is easy to forget that Satan’s most effective weapons are two ancient foes—doubt and discouragement. How many Christians have been spiritually defeated because they lost heart by the sabotage of these evil ambassadors? Too many fail to press on in their with Christ because they give in to the insistent demands of doubt and discouragement.

Although doubt and discouragement are strong enemies, in Ephesians 6:16 God has given you the means to resolve this problem. Firm, unwavering confidence in the Lord keeps the powers of darkness at bay. Satan is thwarted when the shield of faith is raised against him.

Doubt says, “I don’t think so.” Faith says, “God is able.”

Discouragement says, “It’s hopeless.” Faith says, “With God, all things are possible.”

You may be in a situation where you have almost given up. Your strength is failing; your outlook is grim. Take up the shield of faith. Put the matter squarely into the Lord’s hands and believe that He is in control. When Satan attacks, the shield of faith will rout him.

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