Ephesians 6:16 says, "Above all, taking the Shield of Faith , wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked" (KJV).
In the Greek of the New Testament, there were two different words for "shield". The Greek word aspis means "a buckler or round shield". It is a small circular shield like what you may see in ancient gladiator movies. The "Shield" of Faith Paul spoke of is the Greek word thureos. It means "a large shield". It is taken from the word for door because it is shaped like a door, in which it is a long, rectangular shape. This particular shield was about four feet high and two and one-half feet wide.
A soldier was properly trained in how to use the shield. He knew how to use it so that no part of his body could be reached with the deadly darts from the enemy. He also continued to train daily, keeping himself prepared and ready at all times.
We, as Christians, should be properly trained and prepared by prayer, study of God's Word, and instruction of the Holy Spirit. But to learn it effectively, we have to practice with the Shield of Faith by putting it into action, putting it to use. Having a shield in your possession does you no good until you actually use it, and use it properly and effectively.
Hooking Together in Faith With Other Believers
The thureos shield had hooks on the sides to link it to other shields in a line so that an entire row of soldiers could advance without exposing themselves to incoming arrows. This has a strong spiritual implication within the Body of Christ. That implication is having true, sincere unity with others in the Body. When the Body of Christ raises her Shield of Faith together, it provides a mighty protection and counter strategy against Satan and his demonic spirits.
The Unbreakable and Impenetrable Shield of Faith
During battle it was common for enemies to dip their arrows in pitch, light them, and pelt the opposing soldiers with the thousands of destructive, flaming, missiles. Therefore, the Roman soldiers made their shields with iron and two layers of wood, wrapped in linen, and covered completely with leather. They were unbreakable and impenetrable. Our spiritual shields are made to be unbreakable and impenetrable by the enemy. The soldiers would also leave a gap between layers of their shields so that flaming arrows could penetrate far enough into the shield to be extinguished quickly. If the arrows just bounced off of the shield, the fire would remain lit and start fires as they landed on the ground.
Satan will pelt flaming arrows at us and hit specific vulnerable areas of our lives with the intended goal of causing a gradual fire that will increase, spread, and become destructive. The fiery darts are the schemes, temptations, lies, and various attacks aimed at God's people. Their goal is to get us to shift our focus from God onto something or someone else. They can be destructive, but are also distracting attacks. If the enemy can cause us to become afraid, feel guilty or condemned, become discouraged, or lose hope, he can move our dependence away from God onto something else. The Shield of Faith is not meant to necessarily cause the enemy's fiery darts to bounce off and fall at our feet, but to protect and stop or quench the fires aimed at us.
Get Your Shield of Faith into Position
When your Shield of Faith is in position, it implies absolute confidence in God, His promises, His power, His program, His will, and His timing for our lives. It is rooted and grounded in the reality of the Gospel and our new standing with God, the saving faith that justifies us. It demonstrates our trust in Jesus for victory over sin and over attacks of demonic hosts. Claiming God's promises by faith, trusting in His unchanging character, holding up His truth will deflect and extinguish all the lies of the enemy. It does not matter what form the incoming flames take, faith overcomes all. So, take up your Shield of Faith and stand firm against the enemy.