The Shield of Faith is your most important piece of armor. It says 'Above All' because even if you aren't righteous all the time, or you don't have a good preparation period, or sometimes you are not as 'True' as you should be, YOU CAN STILL HAVE FAITH.
Faith is more than a mere belief. Faith is an action word, if you have faith in something you are willing to DO something about it. The first principle of the gospel is Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Without this faith it is not possible to have any form of progression Spiritually.
However, if you have Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the second Principle of the Gospel becomes something that we desire almost daily, that is to repent for things we do wrong. Faith leads us to Repentance.
Faith can be acquired and still be forgotten. Sometimes it goes dormant and is not needed for a time.
This is when we need to continue to Study the Scriptures to increase of Faith in other parts of the Gospel, because Faith has a very short shelf life.
If we use our Shield of Faith, we can deflect and block all the attacks that Satan throws at us.
However, if we have that Faith in Christ, but we don't ACT on it, it is like having a shield and going into battle with it just hanging by our side. No effort to lift the Shield and there will not be a deflection of oncoming attacks. The shield then becomes this dead weight that instead of helping us, it actually hinders us.
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