- Chris Crosby
Swords and Flaming Darts
The events of the day kept playing through my mind and the enemy was doing everything he could to attack. “Why did you say that?” “That was such a stupid question to ask.” “What were you thinking when you made that decision?”
The day had been a whirlwind with meeting after meeting and decision after decision. When I finally made it home, the enemy was in full attack mode. I was tired and struggled to fend off the attacks. Worse, I started to really doubt myself. The lies continued, “You should quit before they realize you make so many mistakes.”
Once I realized it was the enemy hurling those lies at my mind, I quickly turned to prayer. The lies started to quiet. I asked God to reveal what was true and what was a lie. Throughout the next day confirmations came from several sources confirming that they were lies, and not truth.
Perhaps you have experienced the same thing. Your day doesn’t go as planned. The enemy jumps on the opportunity to spew accusations leading to doubt, fear, or insecurity. The best weapon against such lies is God’s Word. During Jesus’s 40 days in the wilderness, anytime the enemy came at Him with lies, Jesus responded with scripture. Let that be our example when we are under attack.
Second Corinthians 10:4-5 gives us a guideline for times like those mentioned above. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” This perfectly illustrates what was happening that day. The enemy was trying to throw out arguments contrary to God’s Word and exalt his thoughts above scripture. The spiritual warfare we are to engage in during these battles is speaking God’s truth in response to the lies.
Are you currently engaged in battle? If so, search the Word of God for His promises; memorize and meditate on them. Anytime the doubts and lies start to crowd in, speak the promises out loud and take those lies and thoughts captive. Use the sword, which is the Word of God, (Ephesians 6:17) to engage in the spiritual battle. Utilize your shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16) to quench the fiery darts of the enemy.
Just as Jesus overcame the enemy in the wilderness, you too, can be more than an overcomer in the midst of the battle.