Emanna for 05/28/2019
Some Thoughts Are Actually Satan's Darts
Eph 6:16 Besides all these, having taken up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. (17) And receive the helmet of salvation...
Words of Ministry
In the first part of verse 17 Paul goes on to say, "And
receive the helmet of salvation." This is for covering our
mind, our mentality, against the negative thoughts directed
at us by the evil one. Such a helmet, such a covering, is
God's salvation. Satan injects into our mind threats,
worries, anxieties, and other weakening thoughts. God's
salvation is the covering we take up against all these. Such
a salvation is the saving Christ we experience in our daily
life (John 16:33).
The Devil's flaming darts come as thoughts injected into our
mind. These thoughts may seem to be our own thoughts, but
they are actually Satan's.
[A few examples: I will not make it as a Christian; God wants to make me suffer; God will not take care of my needs; I am doomed to fail, etc.]
I used to believe that such thoughts were my own. Later I began to realize that they came from Satan. I discovered this after such thoughts persisted in coming after I had decided not to entertain them. Prior to that time, my practice was to confess all these thoughts to the Lord. Now I refuse to confess them.... Rather, you should say, "Lord, I am fallen, but I am under Your cleansing. Satan, this thought is yours, and you must bear the responsibility for it. I will not share this responsibility." Nevertheless, due to an overly sensitive conscience some continually confess things that are caused by Satan.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 546. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 1/31/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.