Ambush!!!!

Hi again

Ephesians 6 v 16 says “ above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one”.

When writing about putting on “the whole armour of God” in Ephesians 6, Paul begins to conclude the passage by repeating the concepts in Luke 21:36—praying always and watching (verse 18). He says in verse 16: “. . . above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”

One explanation of these fiery darts is that Paul here refers, probably, to the temptations of the great adversary, which are like fiery darts; or those furious suggestions of evil, and excitements to sin, which he may throw into the mind like fiery darts. They are blasphemous thoughts, unbelief, sudden temptation to do wrong, or thoughts that wound and torment the soul. I suggest that:

(1) that they come suddenly, like arrows from a bow;

(2) they come from unexpected places, like arrows shot suddenly from an enemy in an ambush;

(3) they pierce, and penetrate, and torment the soul, as arrows would that are on fire;

(4) they set the soul on fire, and start the worst passions, as fiery darts do to a ship or camp when they land.

What happens when these fiery darts hit their target? The answer appears in James 1:13-15

“Don’t blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and he doesn’t use evil to tempt others. We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead.”

These darts have been flying since the day we were born, doing their damage. Where is it better for us to deal with these darts? Is it at the point of the shield or after they have hit us? Of course, at the shield!

II Samuel 22:31 tells us what our shield is: “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him” . So we are not the shield. May be we should consider that our faith is not actually the shield. God is the shield, using the same faith Jesus Christ had. If we let Him, God will protect us in our battles which I fully expect to come when I least expect it at work. A sudden impulse to hold back the truth, or to use poor language. May be to think badly of someone. I could run off a huge list, but I will leave you to consider how this applies to you.

Just like Daniel of old, let’s “not defile ourselves” and let’s use the shield of God.

Have a good week

Mark

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