Darts of the Enemy
Have you been shot with a dart?
When we go through storms in our lives, or when we are “at peace,” we can be exposed to terrible attacks on our spirits.
We have to constantly check our “amour of God” to be sure it is in place.
"Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…." Ephesians 6:10-18
Focus for this post is on this verse:
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
What are some darts that can affect us?
Here are some……
Other Darts that really hurt us personally:
The image above focuses on influences around us, most of which we can walk away from, except disobedience.
However, there are darts that can affect our spirit for years, or a lifetime.
Storms come against us. How do they affect us?
Because our shield is not completely up, or because we are in survival mode due to a spiritual storm, we focus on the storm primarily, instead of Jesus, although we have not forgotten him.
However, He is coming in second place as we desperately work to fight the battle we are in.
This is not intentional, but it happens.
We are made of flesh, and we react in the flesh.
Reacting first in the spirit can be hard to do, when events surprise us.
Imagine a soldier at war. A bullet is coming. He has to react quickly.
Imagine someone telling lies about you. The first instinct is to fight the lie with the truth.
Imagine a betrayal of your trust. You are crushed, and struggle to cope with this.
Someone makes a cruel remark to you that hurts your feelings. The first reaction is to cry, and try to win them back to you. Or, you are offended and speak back to them to defend yourself.
Someone is unfair to you, and cheats or hurts you, and the judge seems to be in their favor because they lie in court. This is a shock to you. Your trust is suddenly shaken in the justice system, and other people. Your mind is now on how to win the favor of the judge before he condemns you.
What has happened in the spirit:
The darts have gotten past our shield of faith, and hit our hearts.
This means our shield of faith is weaker than we realized.
We need to ask God to help us strengthen our shield of faith.
Jesus understands our wounds
When we finally come to our senses, and can look back, we can see our own defenses have failed us.
Instead of faith, we tried to fight back in the physical, when the battle was in the spirit.
Now we are wounded.
And we are trying to pull those darts out of us, one at a time.
And as we try, we only find there are many more still stuck in us, and they hurt.
They wake us up at night, and our mind is restless.
They affect us when we try to do something else.
We are thinking about one thing, and suddenly these thoughts pop back up in our minds, and plague us.
Why did that happen?
Why didn’t I say, or do, this or that?
I forgot to do this.
They did this, and I cannot believe it.
This is mental / emotional / spiritual trauma.
We cannot remove the darts on our own.
We need to repent and ask for forgiveness, for the lack of faith that allowed the dart to hit its target to begin with.
We also need to ask Jesus to help us, and go back to the Word, to reacquaint ourselves with His promises of protection and healing.
He is the Great Physician.
Give your burdens unto the Lord.