Please note that this post will remain current for one more week. Felt it was a message that needed more opportunity to sink in, so to speak!
- Who should I listen to?
Who’s telling you the Truth?
Let me explain the above caption. You might notice that I have capitalized the word “truth”. That is not a typo. I did that on purpose. For if you’ve read my book, you are familiar with the contrast between Truth and truth. But for those of you who haven’t yet read my book, allow me to share this excerpt from Fiery Darts: Satan’s Weapon of Choice
As we become less and less familiar with the Truths of Scripture the mindset of truth that is determined by the world and our experiences with that world begin to make more and more sense. But remember, it is corrupted truth because it fails to recognize the standard of Truth, which is God and His Word! 3 p. 27
Truth or truth
(You get to choose! ! ! !)
The above illustration depicts the inner conflict (with a different twist) associated with fiery darts. In this depiction the conflict is not between good and evil but between Truth (which has its basis in Scripture) and truth (which has its basis in worldly logic). Allow me to elucidate!
A young lady is struggling trying to fit in with her new church friends. Yet, they are not making it easy for her. Also, she has recently entered into a relationship with a young man who is nice enough, but does not offer her the spiritual support she needs to identify the best solution to the problem.
A woman, struggling with image problems, (which includes just about the entire female population) often fights a loosing battle when it comes to resisting the negative influences of fiery dart thinking.
In the first illustration the young lady is so wrapped up in the world of wonder of this new relationship that she is not willing to admit that her dream guy has become a distraction from hearing Truth (good angel in the picture). The common sense truths (coming from the bad angel) make a lot of sense to her. So as she focuses more and more upon the truth thoughts, her ability or desire to focus on Truth thoughts diminishes.
In the second illustration a woman must understand the battle being waged between Truth and truth, before she can secure a victory.
In each case a choice has to be made as to which type of thoughts will be favored. Often this choice is influenced by how much we know of God’s Word as opposed to how much we know of the mindset of truth of the world. If the scales tip in favor of the world’s truth and we add the weight of our own desires, then its pretty much a given that we will make choices that do not please God and will not be for our good. Eventually, we will realize this but by then we will have become so entrenched in fiery dart thinking that we won’t be able to see or understand that there is any other solution.
The remedy isn’t rocket science, although the fiery darts will attempt to convince you otherwise. It’s really quite simple:
1. Prayer (consistent & honest conversations with God)
2. Being familiar with the Truth’s of Scripture
These two remedies applied often to what ails us, will empower us to recognize the fiery dart thoughts that are bombarding our minds. Once they are identified as fiery darts, then their power to rule our attitudes and actions fizzles. The more we focus on God’s advice then the healthier we become IF we apply it, of course.
. . . the Enemy has a plan as well? Scriptures are obvious in describing Satan’s plan in John 10:10a, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;…” (NIV) So what is it that the Enemy desires to steal, kill, and destroy? The answer is obvious – anything God has planned for us!
The second half of John 10:10 reveals an aspect of God’s plan for His children, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (NIV) FD, p. 1
You get to choose, so make choices that reflect the 2nd half of John 10:10, not the first half. AND if you don’t already have my book, please order it asap. Just type in the title, Fiery Darts: Satan’s Weapon of Choice, to place your order.