Breaking News!!! Evil-fiery darts headed in our direction; take cover in the secret place (see Psalm 91). And, fear not; God has given us everything we’ll need. However, even though we have angels guarding us, the Word equipping us, and the Holy Spirit leading and guiding us, we still have to exert our faith in order to get maximum results.
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy (1Peter 4:12-13).
Who’s the target?
When a fiery dart comes to interrupt our lives, we shouldn’t take it matter-of-factly with an attitude of: Oh well, that’s life. Darts hit for a reason. It’s important to identify the target, then if we can, find out what caused it in the first place. This will help us to strategize our counterattack. Think about it, we wouldn’t use the same type of brush to paint a house as we would to brush our teeth.
Darts aimed at us!
At the moment, I can think of two reasons (there are probably more) why darts would aim for us: 1. The consequences of our own making. 2. The enemy trying to kill, steal, and destroy us.
If the dart is because of our wrongdoings, and we’re not willing to repent, we can wield all the faith we have and stand in all the prayer lines in the world, but it won’t redirect that dart—
But, if we have done wrong and we’re truly remorseful, God will forgive us. Subsequently, we might still have to bear the chastisement of our erroneous actions, but the good news is we have the power, love, and mercy of God to walk us through.
Quoting Scriptures not enough—DO the Scriptures!
Then there are those random darts of fear that will attack our minds; no fault of our own. When those strikes happen, we can’t just read or quote Scriptures; we have to do the Scriptures. For example, 1Timothy 6:12 tells us to fight the good fight of faith (action word: fight); Ephesians 6:13 tells us to put on the full armor of God (action: put on); verse 14 instructs us to put on the breastplate of righteousness and stand firm (action: put on and stand firm); verse 16 charges us to take up the shield of faith, and the sword of salvation (action: take up), and finally verse 18 directs us to pray always (action: pray).
We fight illegal suggestions (lies) that will attack our minds by exercising our faith. The devil hopes we’ll get tired of putting on the armor (suggestion: never take it off), but if we concede—he’ll take over our thoughts and control our lives.
Darts aimed at God!
A perfect example of innocent people who underwent fiery darts for our Savior is found in the second chapter of Matthew. In Bethlehem, King Herod ordered his soldiers to slaughter all male children under two years old in order to kill baby Jesus.
Today there are martyrs who are being persecuted; sparing not their own lives in order to spread the gospel to those living in restricted countries. There are people in our part of the world taking darts every day because of their love for God. You might be one of them who are ridiculed and hated because of your stance with Christ.
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you (John15:18-19).
As life unfolds, there’s no way to avoid all the fiery darts; even if you live a life of compromises and negotiations; buddying up to the enemy—trying not to tick-him-off. The devil will still throw evil darts as if to say, “You knew I was a snake.”
Darts won’t stop coming; stay in the secret place; “Do” the Word of God!
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.