It Is Written: Extinguishing Fiery Arrows
Father God has graciously given me an open door and a new direction for the latter years of my life. But Satan keeps shooting fiery fear-inducing arrows at my mind and heart. (See Ephesians 6:16.) The fiery fear-inducing arrows are hypothetical situations, “What if this happens? What if that happens? You may have an open door now, but it will slam shut in your face! You will fail at it. You will be left alone.” I know these thoughts are not from heavenly Father. It is not the voice of the Holy Spirit. Any hypothetical situation that induces fear is not from my heavenly Father who loves me.
How do you fight these fiery arrows? You fight the same way Jesus did when he was tempted by Satan.
James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” You fight with submission and resistance. This is how Jesus fought against Satan’s direct attack. Jesus lived in perfect submission to the heavenly Father. Jesus’ submission was perfect obedience. That’s why Jesus was sinless. Jesus resisted with scripture. Jesus answered Satan’s three temptations with “It is written…” When Jesus quoted scripture, Satan had nothing more to say or do. Answering Satan’s fear-inducing arrows with scripture is both submission and resistance.
When Satan shot a fiery fear-inducing arrow at my mind I immediately prayed Revelation 3:8: “Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” (Note: This open door promised to the church of Philadelphia could be a ministry opportunity or an open door to heaven denied to the Jews persecuting the church.) I declared, “It is written when God opens a door no one is able to shut it. Satan, you cannot shut a door my heavenly Father has opened. Be silent, in Jesus’ name.”
Also, I think the “shield of faith” mentioned in Ephesians 6:16 is made of submission and resistance. It is like a vest made of Kevlar. The “Kevlar” of the shield of faith, the synthetic fiber of high tensile strength that coats the shield of faith, is submission and resistance. Submission and resistance are acts of faith.
Our submission to God will not be as perfect as was Jesus’ submission. However, we can obey the word of God with the assistance of the “paraclete,” the Holy Spirit, and obedience to God’s word is an act of submission. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any part of your life not in submission to God. If the Spirit shows you something, fix it. Get yourself completely under the lordship of Christ. Then resist with scripture. Memorize scripture. Jesus had scripture memorized when Satan tempted him. Jesus quoted the perfect scripture for every temptation. Keep resisting until the fiery hypotheticals are weak and ineffective and extinguished.
“It is written” sources to quote and resist the enemy’s fear:
- Psalm 91 for COVID19.
- Psalm 23: I will fear no evil for the LORD is my Shepherd.
- Psalm 37:25-26: I have never seen the righteous forsaken.
- Psalm 46: God is a “well proved” source of help in trouble.
- Matthew 6:25-34: Seek first God’s kingdom.
- Philippians 4:6-7: Peace of God guards your heart and mind.
- Philippians 4:19 (15-19): God will supply all your needs when you give. So, no fear of giving to meet the needs of others.
- 2 Timothy 1:7: The Holy Spirit in your spirit is not a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. Fear is an evil spirit to resist.
- 2 Corinthians 10:12-13: God is faithful and provides a way of escape when we are tempted/tested. (See explanation.)
This is not an exhaustive list of “It is written” for any occasion, but it is a good place to start.
Explanation of 1 Corinthians 10:13. The temptation for the Corinthians was idolatry – eating at pagan festivals. The common sense “escape” from this temptation is DO NOT GO. The Greek word for temptation is also the word of test. Every temptation is a test of our spiritual character. Every test also includes temptation to disbelieve or disobey God. The promise is that God, who is faithful, will provide an escape from a trap or surprise attack of Satan. The GR word of “way out” may denote a mountain pass. An army marches into a trap but manages to escape through a mountain pass. (It is like a movie when the bad guys are storming the front door and the good guy goes out the back door or a window to escape.) God also knows the limits of our endurance. God will not permit Satan to test us beyond the limit of our endurance, but God also wants to stretch the limits of our patient endurance and grow our faith stronger. God will provide the ability to patiently endure a test and then provide an escape from it. Main point: GOD IS FAITHFUL.
When I transfer money from my PayPal account to my bank account it posts a message: “Don’t see the money in your account? Don’t worry – sometimes it takes a few minutes for it to show up.” When you pray and ask for your heavenly Father’s help sometimes it takes a few days (maybe even weeks or months) for His help to show up. So do not worry. He will show up with what you need! FATHER IS FAITHFUL.