Recently, I encountered a major fiery dart attack. It was the type of attack that previously had defeated me (before I became schooled in how to successfully fight fiery darts). The attack tempted me to become angry. I was tempted with feelings of worthlessness and feeling another did not think well of me. In the past this kind of attack sent me spiraling into depression.
BUT THIS TIME
I refused to open the door and allow the poison to infiltrate my thinking.
“Above all, we must be especially alert against the beginnings of temptation, for the enemy is more easily conquered if he is refused admittance to the mind and is met beyond the threshold when he knocks.” p. 46 FD
I brought the 3 R’s of fighting fiery darts into play.
First, I recognized the negative thoughts for the fiery darts they were.
Second, I resisted the fiery darts
Third, I replaced the fiery darts with God’s Truth thoughts:
Thoughts of anger were replaced with:
1 Corinthians 13:5, Love. . .is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong.
Thoughts of worthlessness were replaced with:
Philippines 3:9, . . . not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. (My worth is defined by my relationship with Christ. No earthly relationship was designed to give me that)
Thoughts that another did not think well of me:
Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. (Knowing God loves me and rejoices over me, trumps and destroys any negative thought that another does not think well of me. And, please understand that the thought that another did not think well of me was a fiery dart itself. One that in the past nailed me, but not now!)
God’s Truth spoiled the plans Satan’s fiery darts had for me. God protected me from being victimized by the lies the fiery darts would have poisoned my mind with by opening my understanding to the enemies tactics and how I could fight successfully against them.