the fiery darts of the evil one: fear



Sometimes when we walk with Jesus and desire desperately to follow His will, God will give us specific instructions to follow.

God sometimes leads us to walk down a certain path and we don't even know why we are walking it because we cannot see the future {nor does He want us to!}.

But when you are seeking God and actively trying to follow His will, the evil one, Satan, will almost certainly come against you. Satan is God's enemy- a living fallen angel who seeks to destroy those who belong to God:

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

The devil is a very real enemy of the Christian, and in my life he comes against me the hardest when I am trying to follow God's will. It says that the devil throws fiery darts at the Christian, and in my experience that is a very good description of what he has thrown against me.

When I was seeking to follow a specific direction of the Lord after much prayer, Satan came against me with the first of many fiery darts:

Fear.

I felt God had given me a specific path in the way that He always does, and after I acted on it, I was hit with fear. It was this deep fear that I was not following what God wanted me to do- that somehow I had made a mistake and that I was wrong about the whole thing. I slowly went from peace and excitement to see what God was going to do, to this unreasonable worry that I had made the wrong decision.

This was a paralyzing fear that made me want to turn and run from the path before me. It started small and grew and grew, and it drove me to the floor praying even harder that God would show me the answer- that He would do whatever He wanted with me. I cried, and cried, and prayed for direction, and He gave me an answer:

This fear was not from Him.

He showed me that fear is a mighty tool of Satan. The devil wants Christians who are trying to seek God to fear that they are doing something wrong. 

Keeping Christians in their comfort zone is a very good thing, and fear of doing something wrong paralyzes so much that it drives many right back home to where they started. {Especially people like me who like having rules and directions to follow so they can do a good job...}

That was where I wanted to go when I felt this fear- back to what I knew.

But God was gracious and brought comfort and peace to my heart as He showed me that Satan wants me to fear to keep me from doing what I was supposed to do, and:

if God didn't want me to do this, Satan would be leaving me alone and even encouraging me to walk in disobedience, not trying to keep me from doing it.

Satan was trying to keep me from doing what I needed to do with fear. God promised that fear was not from Him:

1 Timothy 1:7:
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

And God was so good to remind me of this:

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 
13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 
16In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

I was wrestling against the enemy- and he was sending me some flaming fiery darts. I needed a shield of faith for the battle- and God was so good to show it to me and give me faith to keep going, and he armed me with the truth of His word so that I could keep going forward.

Fear was not from Him- because:

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Prayer is the most amazing thing- God comforts me when I seek Him in the most amazing way. He is so good to me, to love me so much to show me the way to go- and to guide me when I feel lost and alone and afraid.

Seeking Him casts out the fear- because we know that God is love, and we trust that He will show us the right path to follow.

He is the God of the universe, and He cares so deeply for His own. It's incredible how much He loves His children. He doesn't want us to be confused or lost- He is our Rock, and a light to our path.

Faith in Him extinguishes fear. Fear cannot be from Him. He is our Father, to whom we can cry out as His children:

Romans 8:14-15
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sonse of God. 15For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!

If you have fear today, run to Him. Pray, and tell Him your deepest fears- He knows them all. He won't turn you aside when you seek Him with all your heart. If you don't get an answer, keep seeking, keep crying out to Him- He will answer you in His time.

Email me, I would love to pray for you as well! We are not alone in this battle! Oh, praise God for His goodness! :D He is so merciful to us- to deliver us from fear. He promises us, sweet friends!

Psalm 34:4
4I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.


16 comments

Leannec said...

You and I have been walking down the very same path, I recently chose to resign from my place of employment of 8 years to stay home with my soon to be 5 year old. I did not do so quickly or emotionally. I prayed about this decision for a couple of months. Spoke it over with my husband, he was supportive! Within days after resigning I began to feel this sinking feeling in my gut, I heard this voice say, " What if you did not make the right choice?" "What if you did not hear God calling you home?"" What about your finances?" I also prayed Lord I know that you changed my heart towards my position and was calling me home. I need peace! I believe, I made the right choice! I had to almost say it out loud, I KNOW I MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE! - I had to choose to think on things of a GOOD REPORT! Finally, Peace came! Celebrating becoming a Professional Home Maker again after eight long years!

mandyBH said...

Amen and amen!! Celebrating with you!! He is so good!!

mandyBH said...

Thank you for sharing!!

Mandy said...

Thank you for your encouraging words! I resigned from my overseas teaching job a few months ago, and God has called me to work as a missionary teacher for the next 2 years. I've never lived this lifestyle before and sometimes fear about finances. However, God is SO much bigger than any fear that Satan delights in putting into our minds, and He's proven His faithfulness when I've kept my eyes on Him.
For anyone else who needs encouragement, may I recommend the song "He Said" by Group One Crew? I have it on replay because it's musical truth for me to dwell on.
Thank you again!

Carrie said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful words. This brought much comfort to me today. We are in the midst of a possible move as there is no work here where we live (we have lived where we are for all of our lives). This is very troubling, but I am trying to view this as a gift from God and his will. The Devil really has been working against us and it is hard to keep our eye on God when such trouble is in the way. Please pray for us, about the move, work, etc. I am really seeking God to find peace during this time, and to be a help meet to my husband and not his foe (which has been happening - but the Lord is giving me lots of wisdom in this area). We at least are working together now and not against each other. But, not knowing what God has in store for us is very unsettling. I know I have to keep Him in my thoughts at all times especially now, as the Devil has many areas to creep in. Thank you again. Carrie

mandyBH said...

Praying for you sweet girl! I know that he certainly attacks our relationships, and praying for Him to strengthen your marriage!! much love to you!

Margaret Barley said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I feel like we are going through the exact same thing, and those times of fear have really struck me down. I know it's not from God, and I have to keep reminding myself of that. There have been so many times recently that I have been struck with fear, and it's quite debilitating. I loved what you said here, "if God didn't want me to do this, Satan would be leaving me alone and even encouraging me to walk in disobedience, not trying to keep me from doing it." That puts so much into perspective. I could use some prayer on this one! That I'll recognize that fear and not allow it to set in, and trust God in everything! Thank you for sharing your heart! :)

mandyBH said...

Praying for you friend!! Thankful for your boldness to be obedient to what you've been called to do! He is so good!!

Carrie said...

Beautifully written and encouraging! Satan is on the prowl but Greater is God within us!! We must keep pressing on by faith and not fear!

sarah said...

This was so needed, thank you so much for writing this :)

Kellen said...

I definitely needed to read this today. I've been dealing a lot with fear and doubt over what God is doing in my life right now. I just started reading "What Women Fear" by Angie Smith and doing the "Battlefield of the Mind" Bible study, so this definitely goes along with all of that. Thank you so much for the reminders!

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Amy Bennett said...

I feel like this post was definitely for me today. I actually took notes. My preacher taught out of 1 Peter this weekend, the Timothy passage is my favorite verse ever and the one in 1 John was my verse of the day I read this morning. There's lots more too to tie in to some things God has been showing me. I have so many puzzle pieces to what God is trying to show but I don't see the big picture yet. Please pray that I see it? Thank you for writing this, Mandy.

Geeversdog said...

Thanks so much for posting this. I really needed this message today. My husband and I have been praying for years for a way (financially) to allow me to quit my job of 15 years and stay home with our children. Well, after 6 months of going very part time ( 16 hours a week) I got laid off. I think I needed this push because I always had fear something would happen financially if I quit so we decided part time was the best option at the time. Well now I am faced with just what I was praying for and I have been crippled with fear. I know financially we are ok our house and cars are paid off and we have savings but our income is now much less. The fear is how long will the savings hold out and how can we make up the difference. We are both under the understanding that this is God's will yet fear has been a major issue. I know we must give it all up to God. If this is His will I know he will provide the plan to make it work. God Bless!

Heather Douglas said...

Thank you so much for this. I let fear take over my life far too often. I let fear be my guide instead of God. Thank you for the redirection ;)

Kasey said...

Mandy, I have never read your blog, but found it today when I was searching for Bible verses about fighting the fiery darts of the evil one. I've been really struggling lately with attacks from the devil. I've been fighting such a tough spiritual battle in my heart and in my mind. I'm so thankful that I found your blog post, because it was so encouraging and it really lifted me up towards the Lord. You reminded me to be aware that I am in a spiritual battle that I need to fight against the devil and his fiery darts! Thank you!