Peace has always been temporary throughout the course of history. Subsequently, cities created ramparts, defensive walls to protect their citizens from potential enemies. Thus, the only way to enter certain regions was through gates, strategically located around city walls. Although this fortification system was not perfect, gate keepers could warn city officials if aggressors were approaching on the horizon.
During the Roman Empire, soldiers were responsible for defending a 6 feet by 6 feet area, to prevent attackers from breaking the line of defense. At their disposal, these men possessed a large shield coated with a non-flammable liquid which extinguished flaming arrows shot by enemy troops. The apostle Paul compared this weapon to a shield of faith, Ephesians 6:16. When overwhelmed by incoming fire, a solider could entrench themselves under this shield until help arrived.
Unfortunately, faith can be a mystery, especially if your prayers aren’t answered or help never comes. According to 1 Peter 5:8, the devil uses discouragement to lure depressed souls away from church. If depression leads to disenchantment, doubting the existence of God, the fortification of faith can be destroyed, Hebrews 10:26-27. In this age of suffering, its important to arm yourself with the right weapons, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. Despite where you are on the spectrum of faith, its time to fortify yourself with the armor of God, Ephesians 6:10-18.
What advice can you share to help anyone currently struggling with their faith. People are waiting for your suggestions.
by Jay Mankus