The Bible teaches us that our faith is a shield but a shield that is stored away is not an effective weapon. Our shield can only do its job when we keep it with us at all times.
SERMON TEXT: I KINGS 14:25-28
25 And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem:
26 And he took away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king's house; he even took away all: and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.
27 And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king's house.
28 And it was so, when the king went into the house of the Lord, that the guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard chamber.
In life we come upon many thresholds. While a threshold can be a place of safety and comfort, it impedes progress if we linger too long. There are stories waiting to be told on the other side but we must take the first step.
SERMON TEXT: REVELATION 3:7-8
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.