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The Shield of Faith

February 22, 2024
By Tammy McIlvoy

The Logos Preparatory Academy Crest is in the shape of a shield, representing the shield of faith in Ephesians 6. Ephesians is an epistle written by Paul in order to encourage the church at Ephesus to remain united in their faith. He teaches them truths concerning reconciliation through faith in Christ, and he provides instructions for living. The lessons taught by Paul to the church of Ephesus may mirror some of the lessons you seek to teach your own children. For example, in Ephesians 4, readers are called, among other things, to be humble, gentle, patient, and kind, to speak truthfully, and to get rid of brawling. Paul ends Ephesians by instructing his readers to put on the Armor of God in order to stand firm against the devil’s schemes.

When asking parents their hopes for their children, becoming warriors isn’t typically top of the list. However, in Ephesians 6, we are instructed to put on the full armor of God so that we can stand against the enemy's attacks. There is an understanding that we will face these attacks and need the protection of God’s Armor. A critical piece of armor is the shield of faith. “Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Doubt, discouragement, deception, and fear are a few of the flaming arrows Satan will shoot at your heart and the hearts of your children. Those arrows can be deflected by the faith developed when we study God’s Word and His promises. From the earliest of years, we must press the promises of God into the hearts of our children. Children gain protective power when they know that they were purposefully formed by a God who loves and treasures them. He is powerful and nothing is too hard for Him. He fights for us. He listens to us. He forgives us and He restores us. Click here for a fun handout of God’s Promises for Kids.

As we get older, the darts lobbed by the enemy become more and more destructive. Teaching young children how to use their shield of faith will help them guard their adult hearts and minds from the attacks that will come. Whenever you see the LP shield, let it be a reminder to equip your little ones with God’s truths, so they may stand firm in a world determined to take them down.

In Ephesians 3, Paul offers up this beautiful prayer for the Ephesians. Today, I pray for you and your children.

"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Tammy McIlvoy
Head of School
Logos Preparatory Academy