While in Africa visiting my newborn grandson and working along side my son and daughter-in-law, I had pointed out to me by God a verse of Scripture that is powerful in fighting off fiery darts. Here it is:
“Finally, brothers and sisters whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippines 4:8
For some reason I can’t explain, that verse had been totally overlooked by me until now. You see my ‘go to’ verse to fight off fiery darts has been
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;” Isaiah 54:17
In my book, Fiery Darts: Satan’s Weapon of Choice, (p. 79) I urge my readers to do the following:
Here are five simple steps to keep in mind when you are faced with a fiery dart:
1. Examine the negative thought.
2. Ask yourself this question: What is the purpose of this thought?
3. Acknowledge it as a fiery dart, if the purpose is to pull you down in any way. Then, personalize this prayer based on Isaiah 54:17, “May this weapon formed against me not prevail.” (Keep in mind that conviction brings restoration, a fiery dart brings condemnation.)
4. Search your concordance for a Scripture that addresses that issue, after determining the TRUTH you need to combat the lie of the fiery dart.
5. Call upon the TRUTH of the Scripture from Step 4, every time you are tempted with the fiery dart.
If you’ll notice in Step 4, I instruct my readers to search the Scriptures for a truth that will combat the lie of a fiery dart. This is what I believe the verse in Philippines is making reference to.
You see, the verse communicates that we are to fill our minds with thoughts that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and/or praiseworthy.
Why should we do that?
It’s simple, really. When you are bombarded with a fiery dart, it won’t turn loose of your thoughts very easily. It will return. Consider the following verses:
Matthew 12:43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
I thought of this verse as I contemplated what happens in our minds after we have rejected a fiery dart with Isaiah 54:17. When we rid our mind of the fiery dart thought it’s imperative that we fill the space the fiery dart occupied with a positive thought. (Philippine 4:8) Right?
So, the smart thing to do would to fill that space with a Truth given to you by God based on His Word that nullifies that fiery dart. See, I told you it was simple!
It is so disheartening to me as I listen to my fellow Christians who by their conversation I can tell they are loosing the battle against fiery darts. These are dear ones who haven’t developed the sensitivity to recognize the fiery darts that are bent on destroying them.
Please dear ones, learn how to recognize those fiery darts and how to wage war on them. You shouldn’t be having so much defeat in your lives; you should be glorifying your Heavenly Father by accepting the power He extends to you to be victorious over them.