Here is Priscilla’s devotional:
Almost every little boy loves playing “Cowboys and Indians.” However, kids pretending to fight in the Wild West is quite different from real warfare with real weapons. Take, for example, the frontier practice of staging surprise assaults using flaming arrows. This tactical strategy caught the other side off guard. Flaming arrows would start a fire on a canvas covered wagon, disrupting military lines and causing the occupants to focus on the blaze rather than the attacking enemy.
Flaming arrows were not primarily meant to kill or destroy; they were meant to distract.
Your enemy wants to distract you, sister. So he can blindside you. And listen to me—he is not indiscriminately shooting these arrows of his. He is tailored in his strategy. He’s studied your tendencies and habits, your deepest fears and weaknesses, and has aimed at those areas in particular. He knows he can’t destroy you. You’re eternally secure in Jesus. But he fully intends to sidetrack your attention by setting any number of internal fires ablaze in your life—like insecurity, intimidation, anxiety, worry, or busyness. He wants you to be unfocused while he sneaks up from behind.
In Ephesians 6, Paul conveys the belt, breastplate, and shoes as a spiritual uniform that should be worn by believers at all times. Minute by minute. Day by day. But with the shield of faith, he commands for it to be “taken up.”
Look at it this way: A nurse might wear scrubs every day to work because it’s her uniform. But when the need arises, she will pick up a stethoscope, blood pressure machine, or any number of tools to use on her patient. Likewise, we must always wear our daily, divinely given uniform, but also be prepared to “take up” the others when required.
The first of these pieces of armor is the shield of faith. The moment when we first sense a flaming arrow infiltrating our life in some way, we activate faith as a shield of protection over our lives.
Don’t miss the irony here. The enemy sends flaming arrows into your life specifically when you are being called to walk in faith. Those arrows are deliberately intended to disable you from doing the only thing that has the power to extinguish them: walking in faith!
Faith causes fiery arrows to fizzle. What is God asking you to do? Do it! In Faith.
Here are the scriptures referenced:
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
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, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Ephesians 6:10-20 KJV
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
John 10:27 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
How many freaking arrows did the enemy fling at me while I was trying to get free from porn…. geez…
Way too many to count in a single day much less over time. As I continue writing the Mirror series you will get a glance into the mind of a porn addict a little more and understand why it’s so easy for the enemy to attack. Let’s just say the fiery distractions were everywhere and he knew exactly when and where to put them to cause my mind to go elsewhere.
If I hadn’t wanted the freedom so bad I would have caved in and just quit trying. But I wanted freedom. No…I NEEDED freedom so I dug my heels in.
With every arrow shot at me I prayed. When I got home I would with read my Bible or one of my books by Steve Farrar.
I had my helmet of salvation, I had the sword and I had the shield of faith on because I knew God would deliver me. I walked in that daily.
I just had a hard time learning how to use the armor, as a whole, effectively.
By faith we believe in God.
By faith we pray to God.
By faith we seek the truth of God.
Because of that belief in the truth we trust in God.
And the enemy will do anything and use anyone to get us to doubt our trust in God. This is why we need to read and memorize the truth so the Holy Spirit can bring into the forefront when we are attacked. This is why we are told to basically be praying without ceasing. This is why we must walk in our faith on a daily basis.