Burning arrows. They are shot at us from all sides. We face them every day.
They come in the form of whispers of doubt in our heads:
"You're not good enough!" "You are stupid!" "WHY did you do that?!" "Everything is YOUR fault!"
Flaming darts that invade our hearts. "No one loves you." "You're worthless." "You are all alone."
Scorching coals that smolder in our very souls. "Because of that one bad choice, your life is now over...You might as well end it all."
How can we protect ourselves from those weapons of deceit? God knew we would be bombarded with those searing missiles. He gave us protection against them...a whole suit of armor.
A belt of truth to wear, that lets us know that those whispers are nothing but lies. They are deceitful daggers that attempt to make us doubt our worth and God's Love.
We have a breastplate of righteousness to wear, to protect our hearts. We protect our hearts with the 'right' things to do and say...the things that God wants us to do.
We possess a shield of faith that we use to extinguish all of this searing ammunition. Faith that we have a God that is in control, and that He loves us beyond measure.
We are given shoes of peace to wear. They come in handy when situations arise in which we are tempted to walk down a violent and quarrelsome path.
We can accept a helmet of salvation to protect our minds against those feelings of hopelessness. For when we accept the salvation of Christ, we know that we are loved so much, He chose to die for us. We know that we have a forever home with Christ in heaven, one day. If you have any questions about this, please click here.
Most importantly, we have a sword. A sword of the spirit...which is the Word of God. But there is a responsibility with this piece of equipment. It must be continually used and nurtured. We must know as much of the Word as we can, to protect our heads from the constant whispering arrows shot at it.
Finally, we must not forget to pray. Continually keep in contact with your Spiritual Commander! He will give you the constant power you will need to defeat the enemy.
So get ready to face the day. Put on that armor...and know that you will be victorious!!
14 So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, 15 and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. 16 At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. 17 And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. 18 Do all this in prayer, asking for God's help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God's people."