Throughout my day flaming darts from the evil one come in all sorts of ways. It could be a temptation to withhold love from my husband or children sparked by an irritation. It could be a dart of comparison or jealousy when i read on social media about someone else’s seemingly “perfect life” or success. It could be, and most frequently is, a dart of fear that . . . well . . . paralyzes me.
Ephesians 6:16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one
In ALL CIRCUMSTANCES
I am drawn to the words “ALL CIRCUMSTANCES”, which means everything – there is not one thing in which Faith cannot extinguish.
Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
The Word of Christ, has power! What I have found is that during the times of needing to take up the shield of faith, of needing to pull from my mind the truth of God’s Word to recount and lean in to believe – I can come up lacking. Struggling to remember what I’ve heard and then when I do remember, I struggle to believe. So flaming darts are all around and I feel like i’m going down.
Scripture memory is a discipline i’m incorporating in order to help me to take up the shield of faith. I need to hide His Powerful Word in my heart and cling to His Truth so that i can grow closer to Him to know Him and so that I can recall it when fiery darts come my way.
James 4:7-8 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. . .
I need to draw near, to refocus in order to focus (fix my eyes) more intently on the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2). To lay aside things that are distracting me from doing so and simply making more room in my day to just hear, listen, worship.
Things will be quiet(er) around here and all over my social media spaces until after Christmas in order to do just that. This is just one of many things I’m doing in order to refocus, be still, listen, seek God. I don’t want to list the things i’m doing or not doing right now because i don’t want it to come across that its about those things – its really about freedom, grace, rest, quiet, and each of us gets to those places in different ways. And I’m actually still thinking through all that looks like for me.
I ask for your prays during this sweet time.
This is my 13th week and last day going through the bible study Glorious Grace that I have been blogging about here for the last few months. What a wonderful ministry hellomornings is. Through it I have linked arms for accountability with women via twitter to get up early (5:30am for me) spend time with God, plan my day and exercise. I highly suggest you check out their website then follow on facebook and/or twitter to hear when the next session will begin in the Spring.
*You can read my takeaways from wk 1- A Great Transformation; Wk 2 – Gloriously Complete, Wk 3 – An Accurate View, Wk 4 – Walking in Them: Good Works, Wk 5 – To Be Brought Near, Wk 6 – Grace, Wk 7 – To Really Know His Love, Wk 8 – No “I” In Team, Wk 9 – Off With The Old Wk12 – No Partiality With Him