For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).
Our five senses are not to be the primary dictators of our actions. We are people of faith, word people, who use the shield to quench the darts of hell. Yet for many, their faith is low—their shields are lowered.
But it doesn’t have to stay that way.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20).
Paul writes that faith comes by hearing God’s word. If we have low faith, we need to go to the word, pray, talk about it with others, and build up the faith we need to guard ourselves.
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” (Mark 11:22-23)
Faith is initiated by hearing the word, (written and spoken) of God, activated by saying the word and demonstrated by doing what the Scripture says to do. Your faith has to say things. Beliefs are passive but powerful, activated only by speaking them out. God can’t do it until we say it. When fiery arrows come rushing in, we have to hold up the shield of faith. We repel the devil by speaking out our faith in God’s word.