“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, where with ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak,” Ephesians 6:10-20.
The artwork was a brainchild of meditating on Ephesians 6:10-20, a study of the Armor of God, that began in August of 2016 and that I kept building on until today, and it is still ongoing.
Every part of the shield came as a vision accompanied with the emphasized verses, and which each verse are followed by the passage included.
The Armor of God collection is an extensive work of meditating on the Word of God, and this one began with two passages from the Gospels and two passages from the Wisdom Literature.
Prophetic artistic rendition of the Shield of Faith in one form.
Clickhere to see Shield artwork full size.
Furthermore, the passages included tells us four aspects of faith:
- John 15:5-11 reminds us that our faith is a gift as described by Paul in Ephesians 2:8-9, and therefore we can only attain it from God, that is to receive the gift, we cannot earn it by works, but in the developing intimacy with the Father for people give gifts to each other in relationship and intimacy, but in works and efforts people are rewarded..
That is as we abide in the love of Jesus and follow His commandments as children follow the authority of their father, and so we will receive His gifts and He will abide in us with His love.
The greatest thing about the love of God is that no matter how much you love God, God will always love you even more, because our limited capacity limits our love for Him and others, but His infinite capacity overflows His love for us unconditionally (even if one is an unbeliever).
- Psalm 91:1-7 tells us that when it comes to our safety and security, especially spiritually, we can rely on Him to protect us, and that when we hide in the cleft of His rock and hide under the Shadow of His Wings, we can trust Him to cover us with His ‘feathers’ and His ‘pinions’.
That is if you are hidden, your enemy cannot see you. And therefore cannot attack you, the darts they throw will fall unto the ground or deflect to backfire, because you are covered by the LORD..
Note that it does not say the attacks will not come, but that you will be safe, and ten thousand will fell by your side..
What I mean by cannot attack you means that when they attack you, their darts will not get past the protection of God. Sometimes, it might also backfire on them.
- Mark 4:35-41 describes the account of Jesus calming the storm and interestingly enough, that He did this only after the disciples asking Him if He didn’t care enough for them to drown and telling them that we have so little faith.
Through this account we need to surrender to His timing and His power to calm the storms of our lives and we should not fear and allow God to fill us with faith in Him as the storm progresses, which of course, not easy for anyone to do.
- Proverb 31:25-31 most of my artwork is meant to edify women and to lift up women for God’s calling for them, but just for everyone really, both men and women, we need to remember that our strength is in the LORD, and that having the fear of the LORD, wisdom and faithful instruction will allow a woman of virtue or anyone really to assume God’s protection and strengthen their faith in Jesus.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you . This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete,” John 15:5-11.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you,” Psalm 91:1-7.
“That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “ Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”Mark 4:35-41.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate,” Proverbs 31:25-31.
Your Sister in Christ,
~ Julia A.
Julia A. is a prophetic author, who was saved 2011. She has written six prophetic messages to a church in Kansas and publicly shares on her website, Warrior Princess of God, her testimony about the faithfulness of God in the persecution she has faced. She realizes that God’s call for her is to recognize His heart for the world for the glory of His Son, Jesus Christ. For any questions, please reach Julia at Julia.A.A.B.Ministries@gmail.com