Jul 25, 2012
Every day Satan fires flaming darts at us (Eph 6:16).
Maybe it’s bitterness over your husband’s busyness.
Or guilt about yesterday’s lust.
But every day we face Satan’s destructive darts.
But there’s good news
God gives us a weapon which will quench every dart.
That’s what Paul says in Eph 6:16 —
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.
How many darts can we extinguish with the shield of faith? ALL of them.
Not ONE of his darts needs to hurt us.
They can ALL be extinguished — by the shield of faith.
Wielding the shield
But that doesn’t happen automatically.
Shields need to be picked up — and wielded.
So how do we pick up — and wield — the shield of faith?
Here are some steps I’ve found helpful —
First — identify the flaming dart
Let’s say you are bitter about what someone did to you.
At that moment you can think your main problem is WHAT THEY DID TO YOU — gossiping, shunning you, whatever.
But Paul says you’ve got another even more serious problem — your BITTERNESS about what they did to you.
That bitterness is a flaming dart fired by Satan to destroy you.
Same is true with lust. Greed. Boastfulness. Or impatience.
So first — identify the dart.
Second — trust that this dart can be quenched.
When you are bitter (or discouraged, or proud) — you can feel like your heart will never change.
That’s why it’s crucial to see your bitterness as a flaming dart from Satan — that can be quenched.
I know. It doesn’t feel like it can be quenched.
But God says it CAN BE be quenched.
Look again at Eph 6:16 —
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you CAN extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.
You CAN. But how?
Third — understand that it can be quenched by the shield of faith
Not by looking on the bright side.
Not by taking a break.
Not by distracting yourself.
None of those will quench the flaming dart.
Because none of those involve faith in Jesus Christ.
The only way to quench Satan’s darts is with the shield of faith.
But how do you pick up that shield? How do you use it?
Fourth — turn to Jesus Christ.
The shield is a shield of faith — and faith means trusting Jesus Christ.
So — as an act of the will, turn your heart to Jesus Christ.
You don’t need to change your heart first. Because of His mercy you can turn to Him as you are.
So turn to Him, and ask Him to forgive you for your bitterness, or discouragement, or whatever.
Ask Him to strengthen your faith (Mark 9:24).
Ask Him to destroy Satan’s flaming dart (Eph 6:16).
Fifth — find promises which counter the flaming dart.
Faith means trusting God’s promises.
So it’s crucial to find promises in God’s Word which counter the flaming dart.
Let’s take that bitterness about what someone did to you.
A helpful promise for this dart is Genesis 50:20 —
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
More on this promise in a second —
But if you have a hard time finding a promise, try searching through this site, or ask some believing friends.
To wield the shield you must have a promise from God’s Word.
Sixth — pray over those promises until you feel your faith strengthen and your heart change.
Here’s how I might pray over Genesis 50:20 —
Father, help me understand this promise.
You are saying that whatever this person did to me — You meant for good.
Which means great good is coming to me from what they did.
But all I’m feeling now is that bad has come to me from what they did.
So — help me trust Your promise.
Your Word says that every trial can bring the good of Your nearness, love, and glory.
Do that for me now.
Satisfy me so fully in Yourself — that the loss they caused me is comforted.
As you pray over God’s promises you will feel the Holy Spirit strengthen your faith.
You will feel Him changing your heart.
Your bitterness will become peace.
Discouragement — hope.
Greed — contentment.
The flaming dart will be extinguished.
How have you experienced this?
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