Of the six pieces of armour the believer is given, the shield has substance.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
When I first used the shield, I was in a battle for the mind. I didn’t know what it was or what I was doing. I just followed the King’s advice, and in a mixture of desperation and blind faith did what He said.
The shield is designed to stop burning arrows fired at us by the evil one.
At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. Ephesians 6:16
Burning arrows can be thoughts. We think they’re our own thoughts, and we entertain them.
I’d developed a severe worry habit, which I was trying overcome in different ways. I tried meditating on the word of God, which worked great over time, but its not a quick fix.
Norman Vincent Peale suggested in his book “The Power of Positive Thinking” that immediately I got a negative thought, drop it from my mind and voice a positive thought. No, that didn’t work.
I hollowed out a tissue box, wrote ‘God’ on it, wrote out my thoughts on bits of paper and ‘posted’ them in the slot. The ‘God Box’ also worked great, over time. My 5 and 6 year old kids saw me doing it, copied me, and prayers got answered! But again, it wasn’t a quick fix.
The trouble was I felt like I was in a war. I was desperate and in need of immediate emotional and mental relief. I didn’t want pills as I wanted to fix the problem, not mask it.
Words have power, and the narcissist I was in an abusive relationship with seemed to know it. He said horrible things to get control of me. I’d just lost my father the month before and the abuser didn’t intend to let up or give me space to grieve. My mind was running constant re-runs of the narcissist’s words and actions, without letup. I couldn’t stop it and it only got worse. It seemed like a sick and twisted rendition of a soap opera called “Daze of my life”, with characters I hated. The devil set the scene, wrote the script, then joined the gossips in the audience to laugh at me maliciously.
The King taught me how to shield my mind by handing all the evil thoughts to him. Its called “taking every thought captive”.
“… we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
After 3 days of handing over every bad thought to the Lord, I met Jesus in a dream. I tell you, He is very much alive, He’s just in a different room from us right now. He healed me, getting rid of a cough I’d had for 10 months, and He gave me peace of mind that goes beyond all understanding. Chapter 2 of the Kingdom tells the story.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
May His peace guard your heart and your mind.