Monday, October 21, 2013

Ambushes of Flaming Arrows

The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it." ~ Job 1:7

The devil is busy and on a hot pursuit.  Rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6: 12) lie in wait for the command to launch massive assault weapons:  flaming arrows.

They have set ambushes to target the core of man: the heart.  The heart is the seat of the soul (mind, emotions, will) and we have been admonished to guard it with ALL diligence:

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

DILIGENCE:  1. Earnest and persistent application to an undertaking; steady effort; assiduity. 2. Attentive care; heedfulness.

UNDERTAKING:  the act of a person who undertakes any task or responsibility.

We are to be earnest, persistent and attentive as we guard our hearts. Why? In 1 Peter 5:8 it warns us “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”  Be aware that he is also earnest, persistent and attentive in his task.

If we are being cautioned to stay alert it is because we are found slumbering and sleeping while the enemy and his cohorts are prepared for an undertaking. 

“…; for out of the heart are the issues of life.” Most heart issues can easily harden our hearts.  If left unattended, corruption will eat its way through. We all have experienced hardships, challenges, afflictions, loss, temptations and offenses by those we know (loved ones, friends, church member) and don’t know.  Yet, we are given the choice to respond positively or negatively.  You may ask “How can I have a positive response to something negative done to me?”  Well, you may want to direct that question to the One who not only knows the answer but demonstrated for us how: Jesus Christ!

Understand that if we choose to respond negatively in our state of woundedness or anger, it will only breed rage, resentment, and bitterness - yoking us into a spirit of unforgiveness – giving our great adversary legal access into our life (Ephesians 4:27).  Our accuser than pulls the strings until he further controls every thought, emotion, and will in order to position us where he wants us to be (out of God’s will).

Our reaction and what we become is our responsibility. It also determines whether we become targets of his flaming arrows that are purposed to destroy us in these areas:  mental, relational, emotional, financial, spiritual and for some physical.   It is the enemy’s longing to destroy us because in doing so, everything that God has purposed for you and I for this hour will die along with us until someone else is raised  to fulfill it.  Only you know what you were given to birth; to release; to govern; to exercise; to subdue and conquer. 

Whatever caused your heart to become unguarded and cold, I admonish you to let it go and forgive.  It is not worth losing who you are and what you were destined for.  Get rid of it quickly. "Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.” (Matthew 5:25)

What I am about to say is for someone in particular or even maybe a few:  Do not allow the adversary to gain the right to remove your mantles – garment worn by prophets and OTHER officials in authority to signify their position and power to exercise dominion.  Mantles reflect latitude, stature, prestige, and provisions of the wearer, as well as the license to act. (Prophet’s Dictionary )

Through the spirit of offense, faith came under attack and many have handed over their garment unknowingly.   Repent, forgive and renounce the spirit – casting it out.  Take up your mantle and position yourselves for the undertaking you have been authorized for in this time. 

I pray that the intended recipient(s) of that word receive it in Jesus’ Name. 

Now, people of God, hold on to your faith because without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).  Faith comes by hearing of the Word and if satan has you on strings, and blocked your ear gate, then how will we hear? 

Also without the shield of faith we will NOT be able to thwart the arrows targeted at us: “… take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (Ephesians 6:16)

Our faith is not in man but in God. Therefore be reminded that we are living in perilous times - persecution and offense will come (Matthew 18:7).  Quickly let it go!

Stay alert! Be sober! Be vigilant in guarding your heart!!!

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.” (Colossians 3:12)

God bless