One verse I like to keep in mind is 1 Samuel 12:21. It says, “And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.”
Every response or reaction hinges on our thoughts. It can happen so fast that we don’t recognize this truth. We might think it is instant, but it was birthed in our thoughts.
I want my life to count. My desire is to be effective. Yet, negative thoughts can be a means to derail us. Let’s take trials for an example. Trials are God’s design to hone our faith and make it strong and resistant to satan’s ploys.
Have you ever resisted a new trial? Let me say it another way. If you ever thought, ‘I can’t take this anymore’ then in your thoughts you were resisting. The one we NEED to resist is the enemy of our soul!
I know from my own experiences about unknowingly accepting fiery dart-lies. Since the destructive thought usually is couched in first person ‘you’ we take it as our own. Fiery dart-lies can lure us off the track the Lord has set our lives on.
I also remind myself of the JB Phillips translation for James 1:2. It says, “When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, my brothers, don’t resist them as intruders, but welcome them as friends!”
Our trials are a gift to help our faith. Knowing that it is our faith that pleases the Lord, the enemy sets it as his target. Fiery darts are designed to get past our radar and bury themselves in our heart. It is sabotage warfare.
1 Peter 5:9 says, “Resist him, steadfast in the faith…” Ephesians 6:13 uses the word ‘withstand’ which means to vigorously oppose. The battle is in our mind. I love Isaiah 28:6 which says, “…strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.” Our mind is the gate. Vigorously oppose every thought and feeling that does not line up with the truth of God’s word.