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Fiery arrows require protection.
Sometimes, the devil’s attacks feel like mosquito bites. One tiny female mosquito, because males don’t bite humans, can cause a world of trouble. Their constant little pricks to your skin irritate immensely. However small they are, they can carry life-threatening diseases, like malaria. If mosquitos swarm you, the best thing to do is take refuge.
All of us have times when we feel under attack. Especially when we are trying to do something for the Lord, making a difference in the world means we will have resistance. Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, calls these fiery attacks darts:
“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:16 NIV)
Rely on God.
Paul gives us the answer for when we’re under attack, have faith. Call out to God, like David is doing in Psalm 3. God is a place of refuge, no matter what the war. Following Christ means coming under enemy fire; God’s protection is also part of the deal.
Have you ever noticed mosquitoes are worse for some people than others? They typically leave me alone, but my husband’s blood is a favorite for them. Mosquitos choose their victims by the scent of carbon dioxide and other chemicals in a person’s sweat. Satan targets the faithful.
Seriously, why attack someone who isn’t trying to live for Jesus? The devil wants to stop those people who are trying to bring light into the world. Satan doesn’t have a good reputation:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” (John 10:10 NIV)
The last thing Satan wants is someone living life to the fullest in Christ. Whatever tactics He can use to thwart God’s plan for our lives, he will. Just remember, the devil always loses.
Victory is in Jesus. Overcome life’s attacks with Him.
Father God, in Your mercy, hear our prayers. The enemies’ attacks are significant, but we know, You are greater. Forgive us, Lord, for letting the devil get a foothold in our lives. Remove any footholds he gained. Protect us from his attacks, let them bounce off of us like nothing. Today, let us continue our work for You. IJNIP. Amen
Question for reflection
Have you felt under attack lately?