Armor of God, Faith, Machaira with Apostle Bennie

EPISODE 468 – THE ROMAN TESTUDO SHIELD FORMATION — PUT ON THE SHIELD OF FAITH 4

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Sunday 5th, May 2024
 

THE ROMAN TESTUDO SHIELD FORMATION —

PUT ON THE SHIELD OF FAITH 4



“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

Ephesians 6:16 (KJV)



The armor pieces the Lord (through Paul the apostle) admonished the believers to wear for battle are military gears for defensive and attacking strategies.

During ancient times, military gears contributed to battle strategies. New types of military gears were made to suit the strategy for a specific battle. There were times when new strategies or tactics were mapped during a battle, incorporating the number of soldiers, the landscape (the hills or mountains, the valleys, the water bodies, rocks and type of soil) the weather conditions, and even the military strength or strategies of the enemy.

They don’t go to war without military tactics or strategies. The military formations are carefully chosen by the military leaders.

The Lord inspired Paul the apostle, to write about the believers’ warfare and the armor pieces to use. These armor pieces also unveil the warfare tactics or strategies the Lord has given to his army.

The armor pieces of the Lord were not given to believers for fashion but for function.

Let me reemphasis this:

We are at war with darkness over the salvation of souls and the continuous exercising of our victory in Christ.

The day you stop thinking, seeing and living as a soldier of the Lord is the day you expose yourself to the attacks of the enemy.

Live vigilantly as a soldier of Christ. Take up the whole armor of God. This means don’t leave any armor behind.

We have seen the use of:
The Belt of Truth
The Breastplate of Righteousness
The feet shod with the Preparation of the Gospel
And the Shield of Faith.

There is more to the Shield of Faith.

The Shield of Faith is an armor piece which has a direct contribution to the battle strategy the Lord has given us.

Paul the apostle used the imagery of a Roman soldier and army to explain the set-up and the tactics of the Lord’s army.

During antiquity, the Greeks and Romans did not emphasize the strength of an individual soldier but won battles through strategic formations.

The Greeks had the phalanx shield formation, while the Romans also introduced the Testudo shield formation. Both shield formations were defensive tactics formation.

The Romans used the Testudo formation (which is like the shape of a shelled turtle) to defend and protect themselves against enemy arrows or archer fire.

In the Testudo formation, the Roman soldiers work and stand together as they create a defensive cover on all sides. The soldiers would come together in a tight group or compact rectangular shape. Those on the first line of the formation would hold their shields vertically in front of them. Those on the other sides of the formation would use their shield to also form a shield wall to cover the whole unit (on the left and right sides and even from behind depending on the anticipation of the attack).

Even those inside the lines held their shields horizontally above to cover the spaces between their lines and most importantly their heads and that of those around them.

No soldier leaves the shield wall or breaks the lines. This Testudo formation allowed the soldiers to defend each other and to work together to stand their ground against attacks of the enemy.

They then march forward towards the enemy to attack amidst fiery darts thrown at them.

For the Church, the Lord’s army to put on the shield of faith is crucial as we daily advance against the gates of Hades.

As we see the Roman Testudo shield formation, we must jointly take up the shield of faith.

We must function in the uniformity of love through the diversity of abilities we possess as individuals.

The unity of faith is not a slogan, but a functional strategy of the Lord for His Church.

Though every believer must learn to stand alone, we must not be isolated no matter the challenge which confronts us. You must be within the lines or the formation holding up your shield of faith depending on where you are positioned.

Your failure to hold on to your shield of faith will also affect the defensive strength or tactics of the Lord’s army.

The adversary takes delight when the brethren are not functioning in oneness of heart, mind and faith. This is because he can attack when we are individualistic.

God is an extraordinary strategist, and He has given us the shield of faith for our corporate function.

Take a stand with the saints in the word and prayer as we enforce our victory in Christ. Don’t stay out of Church, build strength in faith with the brethren to extinguish every fiery dart of the enemy.

Shalom!

DIG DEEPER
(Philippians 1:27-28; Philippians 4:1-9; Philippians 2:1-5; Genesis 15:1 Exodus 15:2-3; Psalm 28:7-8)
 
WE PRAY
We pray that we shall stand together in the oneness of heart as conquerors in the faith of the gospel.
 
BIBLE READING IN THE YEAR 2024
Nehemiah 1 – 3
 
DECLARE THESE WORDS:
– I stand together in the oneness of heart with the brethren as conquerors in the faith of the gospel.
 
– I build strength in faith together with the brethren to extinguish every fiery dart of the enemy.
 
– I don’t fail to hold on to my shield of faith.
 
– I take a stand with the saints in the word and prayer as we enforce our victory in Christ.
 
– I don’t isolate myself from the brethren no matter the challenge which confronts me.
 
Oh thank you Lord Jesus for your victory.

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Adevu Prince
Adevu Prince
1 month ago

I don’t isolate myself from the brethren.I take my position.

Adevu Prince
Adevu Prince
1 month ago

I contribute deligently to the victory of the saints

Emmanuel Nanor
Emmanuel Nanor
1 month ago
Reply to  Adevu Prince

In the name of Jesus

Edith
Edith
1 month ago

I don’t isolate myself from the brethren no matter the challenge which confronts me.

Edith
Edith
1 month ago

Oh thank you Lord Jesus

Nana Yaa
Nana Yaa
1 month ago

I DON’T STAY OUT OF CHURCH.

Emmanuel Nanor
Emmanuel Nanor
1 month ago
Reply to  Nana Yaa

In the name of Jesus
I don’t stay out of church

Linda Teye
Linda Teye
1 month ago

I live vigilantly as a soldier of Christ

Francis
Francis
1 month ago
Reply to  Linda Teye

I’m intentional about this Conciousness..

Belinda Teye
Belinda Teye
1 month ago

I don’t isolate myself from the brethren no matter the challenge which confronts me.

Belinda Teye
Belinda Teye
1 month ago

We at war with darkness over
1. The salvation of souls and the 2.continuous exercising of our victory in Christ.

Emmanuel Nanor
Emmanuel Nanor
1 month ago
Reply to  Belinda Teye

Thank you for the victory Lord Jesus

Simon
Simon
1 month ago

The oneness of mind,heart and faith. Thank You lord Jesus

Francis
Francis
1 month ago
Reply to  Simon

Hallelujah!!

Simon
Simon
1 month ago

I take up my position responsibility as a soldier that I am

Emmanuel Nanor
Emmanuel Nanor
1 month ago
Reply to  Simon

Haaaaaa!!!!
I take up the position and responsibilities

Francis
Francis
1 month ago
Reply to  Simon

I am.a soldier in he army of the Lord.

Simon
Simon
1 month ago

I can imagine the numbers of avalanche of testimonies and deliverances as a result of this weapon (Machaira)

Francis
Francis
1 month ago
Reply to  Simon

Oh thank you Lord Jesus for your victory.

Simon
Simon
1 month ago

I’m privileged to be part of this material reading

Andrews Kofi Sarpong
Andrews Kofi Sarpong
1 month ago

I refuse to stay out of church
I build strength in the church

Andrews Kofi Sarpong
Andrews Kofi Sarpong
1 month ago

Thank you sweet Jesus.
If the Lord said He is the shield of Abraham.
And the shield is a shield of faith.
Then our faith is God himself.
Oh boi Gloreey!!!
Thank you for spiritual understanding Lord

Andrews Kofi Sarpong
Andrews Kofi Sarpong
1 month ago

The Lord is our extraordinary strategist

Francis
Francis
1 month ago

We have a strategic war formation.

Emmanuel Nanor
Emmanuel Nanor
1 month ago

I put on the shield of faith always
I take a stand with the saints
I refuse to fall to the schemes of the adversary

Francis
Francis
1 month ago
Reply to  Emmanuel Nanor

I’m intentional about this.

Francis
Francis
1 month ago

I function in the uniformity of love and oneness with the brethren through the diversity of abilities we possess as individuals.

Francis
Francis
1 month ago

The shield of faith is for our corporate function and VICTORY as a church.

Francis
Francis
1 month ago

It is beautiful to come to the understanding that our Christian walk is but a war and we have an awesome war strategy where we STAND TOGETHER as a Church and create a defensive cover on all sides.

Francis
Francis
1 month ago

Oh thank you Lord Jesus for your victory.

axor israel
axor israel
1 month ago

I don’t isolate myself from the brethren.I take my position.

Benjamin okyere
Benjamin okyere
1 month ago

I take a stand with the brethren
I don’t behave like a lone ranger

Benjamin okyere
Benjamin okyere
1 month ago

Thank you Lord Jesus I take up my shield and fight

Prince Semanu
Prince Semanu
1 month ago

I remain conscious of my place in this war. I live vigilantly and fight continually for the salvation of the lost

Prince Semanu
Prince Semanu
1 month ago

In the name of Jesus Christ, I’m enabled and empowered continually to stand together with the saints in the oneness of heart as conquerors in the faith of the gospel.

Nana Adomaa
Nana Adomaa
1 month ago

I build strength in faith with the brethren to extinguish
every fiery dart of the enemy.

Nana Adomaa
Nana Adomaa
1 month ago

I’m a helper of the war. This is war and there is no middle grounds, Ha I make things better in the Kingdom

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
1 month ago

The armor pieces of the Lord were not given to believers for fashion but for function.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
1 month ago

I refuse to expose myself to the attacks of the adversary.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
1 month ago

I live vigilantly as a soldier of Christ and I take up the whole armor of God.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
1 month ago

We function in the unity of faith. Thank you Jesus.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
1 month ago

I don’t fail in holding up my shield of faith.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
1 month ago

I take a stand with the saints in the word and prayer as we enforce our victory in Christ.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
1 month ago

I don’t stay out of Church meetings

Vincent Mensah
Vincent Mensah
1 month ago

Isolation of the brethren in Christ is the foothold needed by the adversary to attack the church.

This reminds me of Apostle Bennie’s message on THE WISDOM OF FELLOWSHIP. Indeed, being together is the wisdom of God for our defense against oppression.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
1 month ago

I stand together in the oneness of heart with the brethren as conquerors in the faith of the gospel.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
1 month ago

I don’t fail to hold on to my shield of faith.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
1 month ago

I build strength in faith together with the brethren to extinguish every fiery dart of the enemy.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
1 month ago
Reply to  Wisdom Elvis

In the name of Jesus.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
1 month ago

I don’t isolate myself from the brethren no matter the challenge which confronts me.

Addo Ebenezer
Addo Ebenezer
1 month ago

Thank you lord Jesus

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