WANTS TO DESTROY YOU
(Do You Know How to Stop Him?)
Satan destroys people, and he wants to add you to his list.
What is his method? He throws "flaming darts"--lies which
bring bondage, fear, and oppression into those who believe
them. Fortunately, God tells us how to stop him:
Put on the full armor of God that you may be able to
stand against the wiles of the devil...above all, taking the
shield of faith with which you can quench all the flaming
darts of the evil one. (Eph. 6:11,16)
Using the shield of faith means refusing to accept
thoughts which contradict the truth. We thus bring God's
power on the scene. When attacked, Jesus put up His shield
by quoting God's Word, and Satan's darts bounced right off.
Lies have no power over someone who knows the truth. God has
given us His mighty armor, but we must put it on by reading
and meditating on His Word. Only those who know the truth
can recognize which incoming thoughts are flaming darts
hurled by the enemy.
Lying to my daughter
To train her in spiritual warfare, I sometimes lie to my
6 year old, Jennifer. As my finger shoots toward her
stomach, I say, "God has left you, Jenny! He's not with you
anymore." Fortunately, Jenny is prepared for her Dad's weird
game. Blocking the dart with her hand, she responds, "It is
written, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'" I press
on with the attack, "But you don't feel His presence, do
you?" She responds, "What difference does that make? God
said, "I'll never leave you nor forsake you."
I try another lie. "Satan has good things for you, Jenny!
He wants you to have fun." She again blocks the dart with
her hand and says, "It is written, 'The thief comes only to
steal, kill, and destroy.'"
God wants us to be free indeed on the inside. His truth
will not only make us free; if we use it as a shield, it
will keep us free.
(assisted by Brent Wallace)