FIERY DARTS


There were three types of arrows used by the military of New Testament times.  1.  Plain arrows similar to arrows of today.  2.  Arrows dipped into tar, set on fire, and shot.  3.  Arrows that contained combustible fluids that burst into flames upon impact.  Fire-bearing arrows were to inflict damage on fortified places.  If an army had fortified its position so that the enemy could not easily break in to destroy it, then the enemy would revert to using the long deadly arrows of fire.

As Satan continually bombards Christian soldiers with the flaming missiles of temptation (to immorality, hatred, envy, anger, covetousness, pride, doubt, fear, despair, distrust), we must hold the shield of faith out front so it can completely protect us.

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked (Eph. 6:16)

(via Hillcrest bulletin)

 

3 thoughts on “FIERY DARTS

  1. Good thoughts. Both fiery darts and roaring lions seem far away and unreal to us in our cozy suburban homes; but by faith we know the reality of Satan’s devices in our spiritual war. If a real fiery dart were hurdling through the air toward me, my adrenalin would engage, and I would be grabbing my shield for sure! Likewise, the roaring lion would elicit fear and ACTION! How complacent am I about my daily temptations? Hebrews 5:7. I should *fear* failure. Do I know it is for my LIFE? Prov.7:22

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    • These things have been on my mind and in my heart more and more lately. When he was tested, Abraham had a “dread of deep darkness,” but he was able to keep his covenant and become the father of the faithful. Can we?

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    • This concept is similar to the “thief in the night.” He comes at a time we have our guard down and so he breaks in and takes all we have. We are struck by the fiery darts because we are not prepared–not looking.

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