It is safe to say, if we are not attacked on a regular basis by Satan’s Flaming Darts – we are not living as close to Christ as we should. I’m not talking about “the BIG stuff” – it could be feeling bitter over someone’s gossip – or uneasy about our own finances – or jealous of your friend’s promotion. Recalling our last sermon series – let’s revisit Eph 6:16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.
Regardless if Satan hurls one fiery dart at us or 100 – the good news is the Shield of Faith can extinguish them all. Shields need to picked up & used – here are a few steps helping us win the battle against Satan’s fiery darts….
First, identify the flaming dart.
As an adult, you know “this person” has said untruthful statements about you – or the office had a party and you were not invited.
As a youth – you were bullied at school – and you are feeling bitterness rising in your heart.
This bitterness is a flaming dart fired by Satan to destroy your faith – the same is true of lust – greed – and impatience. So 1st – identify the dart.
Second, trust that this dart can be quenched.
One thing is true – when Satan flings a fiery dart our way – it is going to land somewhere…..When the dart lands – you may experience bitterness – and immediately you feel there is NOTHING you can do about it. It is HERE that you must revisit Eph 6:16 – knowing that the shield of faith will extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. Pray tell me – how can I extinguish this flaming dart…..
Third, understand that it can only be quenched by the shield of faith.
There is a Right and a Wrong way to deal with this – let’s look 1st at the wrong way — This flaming dart of bitterness cannot be quenched by:
• trying to stop feeling bitter,
• looking on the bright side, or
• taking a deep breath and counting to 10.
None of those will quench the flaming dart, because none of those involve faith. The only way to quench Satan’s darts is with the shield of faith—faith in Christ. So how do you pick up that shield and use it?
Fourth, turn to Jesus Christ.
The shield of faith, and faith means trusting all that God has promised to be for us in Jesus Christ. So, turn your heart to Jesus Christ.
Fifth, find promises which counter the flaming dart.
Faith means trusting all that God promises to be for us in Christ. So it’s crucial to find promises in God’s word—specific, blood-bought promises—which counter the flaming dart.
Sixth, pray over those promises until you feel God strengthening your faith and changing your heart.
As you pray over God’s word, he will help you. He will strengthen your faith, help you see and feel the glory of Christ, and change your heart. You will move from feeling bitterness, hurt and anger to feeling contentment, satisfaction and joy in Christ.
And the flaming dart will be extinguished.
· Jackie’s family – a major decision has been made regarding her sister Margie
· Joy Weir – on top of her other physical issues –she sneezed and broke a rib
· PTL – Connie began a new job last Monday (17th) – YEAH !!!
· Our youth to have a positive witness at their respective schools
It is time for the body of Christ to confess the sins/ills of the nation – following the example of Nehemiah and others….Isa 5:20 What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
· God’s favor to continue upon our children’s ministry – as well as Jackie and her helpers
· For the past few months, we have been blessed by the presence of Dellie and Victoria – ladies from Nigeria….both ladies have some health issues – and I’d like to ask everyone to pray for them.
· Jenn Faddis – pneumonia
Last Saturday at group, Liz shared a prayer concern. Her sister and family and part of a team doing missionary work in the African country of Niger. The night before (Friday) around midnight a terrorist group kidnapped their friend Jeff. He is a missionary working with YWAM.
Jeff’s ministry has touched many lives over the years both through the communication of the Good News of Jesus and the provision of humanitarian aid.
The terrorist group is yet unknown but we know in the process they killed two men and injured 3 in the process. The Mission has asked that friends of Jeff pray until he is released – and asking us to pray along this pattern
Saturday – for Jeff that God would keep him safe and healthy and that he would look constantly to Jesus.
Sunday — for Jeff’s wife and 3 adult sons as they wait for more news. May God grant them an inexplicable sense of His presence
Monday – For the families of those men killed or injured. May Jesus; love shine in the darkness of this tragedy and that their needs would be met
Tuesday – for Nigerien and American authorities as they collaborate to find Jeff and bring about his release.
Wednesday – for Jeff’s captors. May they Christ’s love in Jeff and be drawn to salvation
Thursday – for those within YWAM who are involved in caring for this situation. May God grant them great wisdom and trust in Him
Friday – For Jeff’s morale. May God assure Jeff of His presence despite his circumstances.
Oct 28 Fellowship party – at the home of Vern & Carla Johnson. Kicks off after 5:00 PM and please bring a chair and whatever you wish to drink. Vern will have brats – hotdogs – chips — bring anything else you want to put on the table.
Nov 6 – Daylight Saving Time Ends…..
Nov 6 – 4:00 PM Training for those who have signed up to serve Home Communion to the homebound as well as in hospital/nursing homes.
Nov 6 – 5:00 – 7:00 PM – drop in praying service for AMERICA – this is 2 days prior to the election – and the church can/should bathe the election in PRAYER….
Nov 13 – 5:00 – 7:00 PM November Sunday evening Prayer Gathering
Nov 24th – THANKSGIVING
Somewhere between his car – parked at on the far East area – and inside the building there is a lost car key. Deiter came early to practice the band but misplaced the Toyota key……It is a single key on a Joe Machen keychain. If you find it please let Deiter know – Thanks…………Last Friday evening Annie and I were invited to a banquet put on by LoveINC. It was so informative – lasted 2 ½ hours – but it detailed what was being done in the name of Christ throughout Columbia………There are 131 churches in Columbia — there are 5 wards in our city –and Discovery is located in Ward 3 where there are 26 other churches. Shocked to find there were 46 churches in Ward 1…also shocked that 41% of all school children are getting free or reduced lunches……….There were many testimonies of new ministries springing up – and other testimonies who servants in the body of Christ are literally saving lives – giving hope – doing it all In the Name of Christ….Good evening to say the least. So Encouraging………..There were 5 at our Tuesday afternoon prayer gathering – praying for the church – others struggling with decisions – those dealing with health – it was powerful – moving – and the Holy Spirit was our leader…………April Yoder will begin a different job in the medical world next week – and we wish her will ………….Chris and Rita spent last week in Gainesville, FLA and along with their family went to the SWAMP and watched the Tigers play Saturday………….
Joshua 10:1-15 Adoni-zedek, king of Jerusalem, heard that Joshua had captured and completely destroyed[a] Ai and killed its king, just as he had destroyed the town of Jericho and killed its king. He also learned that the Gibeonites had made peace with Israel and were now their allies. 2 He and his people became very afraid when they heard all this because Gibeon was a large town—as large as the royal cities and larger than Ai. And the Gibeonite men were strong warriors. 3 So King Adoni-zedek of Jerusalem sent messengers to several other kings: Hoham of Hebron, Piram of Jarmuth, Japhia of Lachish, and Debir of Eglon.4 “Come and help me destroy Gibeon,” he urged them, “for they have made peace with Joshua and the people of Israel.” 5 So these five Amorite kings combined their armies for a united attack. They moved all their troops into place and attacked Gibeon. 6 The men of Gibeon quickly sent messengers to Joshua at his camp in Gilgal. “Don’t abandon your servants now!” they pleaded. “Come at once! Save us! Help us! For all the Amorite kings who live in the hill country have joined forces to attack us.” 7 So Joshua and his entire army, including his best warriors, left Gilgal and set out for Gibeon. 8 “Do not be afraid of them,” the Lord said to Joshua, “for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.” 9 Joshua traveled all night from Gilgal and took the Amorite armies by surprise. 10 The Lord threw them into a panic, and the Israelites slaughtered great numbers of them at Gibeon. Then the Israelites chased the enemy along the road to Beth-horon, killing them all along the way to Azekah and Makkedah. 11 As the Amorites retreated down the road from Beth-horon, the Lord destroyed them with a terrible hailstorm from heaven that continued until they reached Azekah. The hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites killed with the sword. 12 On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said, “Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.” 13 So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies. Is this event not recorded in The Book of Jashar[b]? The sun stayed in the middle of the sky, and it did not set as on a normal day.[c] 14 There has never been a day like this one before or since, when the Lord answered such a prayer. Surely the Lord fought for Israel that day! 15 Then Joshua and the Israelite army returned to their camp at Gilgal.