Recently, a young friend shared with me her experience in defeating an attack of fiery darts. I was so intrigued with the simple yet powerful process that led to her victory, that I thought I would share it with you here.
First, she had been praying (Major component of any encounter) about a job change. It seemed to her that God had been leading in a particular direction which she pursued. Then everything fell through and she didn’t get the job. Of course, she was confused and upset, for this was the job she’d been hoping for.
Initially, her emotions were defined by her severe disappointment. However, soon the Holy Spirit sent her the following verse b/c remember she had been praying:
“Trust in the LORD, with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.” Prov. 3:5-6
Therefore, she cried out to the LORD, “LORD, I don’t understand and I don’t know what to do, but I’m trusting in You.” She just kept praying that prayer over and over. Then she had the thought that she would email every organization she had been following and ask for their advice on how to get into the field without the benefit of experience in the area. (I believe, that b/c her mind wasn’t awash with despair & confusion, her thoughts were free to be guided by the hope of God’s Word.)
The response was immediate from several organizations, offering advice. But when a local organization contacted her and said they would be hiring soon and she should send them her resume, all my friend’s confusion vaporized. For she had been following this particular organization for awhile and quietly yearned to be a part of it.
At this writing, the results are not in about whether my friend got this job, but I wanted to share this now b/c the main victory’s already been won. In this life experience my friend has given us a clear example of how to fight successfully those fiery dart attacks. ( I’ll get back to you and the job thing) In the meantime, allow me to review:
1. Acknowledge the fiery dart
2. Find a verse to focus on
3. Allow prayer and God’s Word to define your attitude and/or actions
I think it’s important to understand that the fiery dart my friend encountered was designed to create frustration, disappointment, and to dishearten her to the point that her attitudes and actions would have be set in a downward spiral. Yet, she broke this destructive and predictable cycle by simply turning to God and saturating her mind with a word from Him then allowed that fresh hope to define her actions from that point on.
But watch out! Satan will attempt to convince you that this process is not nearly as simple as all this. You know, the all too familiar catch phrase used these days when people have succumbed to overwhelming attack of fiery darts and have no clear understanding of what God would have them do (largely b/c they are not familiar with this whole fiery dart thing):
(Don’t be bamboozled! Remember! that’s a fiery dart!)