August 05, 2016

Fiery Arrows

Ephesians 6:10-20

Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

—  Ephesians 6:16

In the movie Braveheart, the medieval English forces line up against William Wallace’s Scottish forces. The Scots shoot flaming arrows at the English, who are unaware that the field has been covered with oil. As the flaming arrows set the field on fire, a whole segment of the English army is taken out of the battle at once.

In our spiritual battle against the forces of evil, the enemy uses “flaming arrows” against us. Arrows on fire are effective because they cause a distraction from the main battle. You cannot fight both fire and the enemy at once.

In his wisdom, God gave us a tool to protect us from “the flaming arrows of the evil one.” He gave us “the shield of faith.” As the evangelist Reinhard Bonnke puts it, “Faith is the passport and visa into the kingdom of God and all its resources.” Faith is the conduit that connects us with the great powers of God and his Word. Through the gift of faith God’s light, salvation, strength, and healing come, because God is faithful to us.

As flaming arrows fly at you, God, like a great bird, “will cover [you] with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart” (Psalm 91:4).

With God protecting us, the ­enemy will have to get past God before he can get to us. What a comfort!

You, O Lord, are a shield around me. Thank you for your protection from the fiery arrows of the evil one. In you I put my trust. Amen.

About the author — John Kuperus

Since he was young, John Kuperus has had a passion that everyone would know Jesus. Spreading the good news that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15) is very important to him. To be better equipped for missions, John attended Reformed Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He applied these skills with marketplace evangelism in a business he started in Sussex, New Jersey. This calling continued to follow him, so John attended seminary and became a minister in the Christian Reformed Church, serving a church in Ontario for eight years. Currently he serves as a missionary for Youth with a Mission (YWAM). He witnesses Jesus changing lives as people walk out of the darkness into the light. John is married to Helen, and they have seven children.

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