Monday, April 27, 2015

"Fiery Darts"

"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."  Ephesians 6:16

Just as any enemy, the enemy of our soul, has weapons that he uses against us.  In the verse above it says that he has "darts" that he throws at us.  These darts are "evil" in nature.  They cause annoyances, hardships, toils, perils, pain, trouble and disease.  They are intended to steal, kill and destroy us.

What do these darts more specifically look like?  They are darts of depression.  They are darts of confusion.  They are darts of anger, bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness.  They are darts of pride and arrogance.  They are darts of selfishness, self-centeredness, and self ambition.  These darts include lust, hatred, unnatural desire, greed, hopelessness, grief, fear, etc.

Are you feeling pressure from the things that I have named this morning?  Then the enemy is hurling his "darts" at you.  If they are hitting you, if they are taking a hold of your life, then you have let your shield of faith down.  There is only one way to quench (extinguish) them-- by using your shield of faith. 

How do I do that you may ask?  By getting into God's word-- read it, meditate upon it, apply it, speak it over your situation.  Believe God's word and stand upon it.  Bring the thoughts of your mind captive.  Don't give them a second thought but turn them over to the Lord.

The weapons of the enemy do not have to destroy us.  We don't have to become a "battle causality".  If that were the case, the Lord would not have given us weapons to combat the enemy and protect ourselves with.  The weapons He has given us are not just weapons.  They are His weapons.  And His weapons are mightier and more powerful than any weapon the enemy conjures up to use against us.  But you have to use the weapons that the Lord has made available to you in order to be victorious against the enemy's "darts".

Have a great day.  Use your shield of faith to quench the fiery darts of the enemy.   

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