It’s not always a peaceful walk when live the Christian life because there are times when the devil uses people to bring us unexpected trials and sorrows. Sometimes the stress we endure isn’t even from the evil darts; sometimes the greater hurt comes from the people who throw them.
Most of us just accept that the world does not like Christians and so we are mentally, emotionally and spiritually able to just ignore those darts when they get thrown at us. We can take the ridicule, the sarcasm and the mocking because we know that it’s really coming from the devil to get at us. In many cases we can shrug it off and when we pray about it, it’s gone.
But the sharpest and most painful darts come from people who we know and love; from our family and friends. We love them and we try to give them some space, yet they continue to create stresses and unkind situations that really upset us. Sometimes we just want to scream and cry because we love them and they don’t respect us for who we are and for the stand that we take for Jesus.
We can’t let these darts get to us. There is a shield that we can use to protect ourselves and we need to use it so that the darts cannot get through to us. Our life depends on it.
The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:7 that we must cast all our care upon Him, for He cares for us. This means that we should NOT carry the hurt in our heart, but that we need to pray and ask Jesus to take this hurt from us. He does not want us to agonize over it because the more we think about it, the more the devil plays on our thoughts and turns it into a massive situation. Negative attitudes develop, regretful words are spoken and the devil is filled with glory because he is able to destroy a little part of us.
“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.” … Psalm 57:1
Jesus has given us an instruction in Matthew 5:44 as to what we should do about those who come against us: “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”
It’s not easy to pray for those who hurt us; many times we’d rather just do something spiteful to them or have it out in a loud shouting match, but that won’t accomplish anything except bring us down to the level of the devil’s game platform. We truly need to get on our face before God and just let it all out. We need to tell Him how we feel and how it hurts – and not because Jesus needs to know. He already knows what’s going on. We do this to get it out of our own system. Then we need to lift the one who has hurt us up to Him and let Jesus deal with them.
On our own merits we have no power at all to come against anyone who the devil is using to hurt us. Only Jesus can give us this victory – and we WILL get the victory when we trust the Lord.
“God is our refuge and strength; A very present help in trouble.” … Psalm 46:1
We need to keep our eyes on Jesus so that we don’t waiver or wander off the path. We need to control our words and our attitude and let Jesus go to work. We need to pray and read the Bible and build up our faith and our trust in God.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” … Hebrews 4:12
We’re told in James 4:7, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
How do we resist the devil when the darts are coming at us and we didn’t even do anything to warrant the situation?
After we’ve given the problem to the Lord, and then prayed for the person to be saved, we need to praise God. We thank Him for His love, for His intervention, for His Spirit who lives in us. We praise Him for being our Savior. We praise Him that His Word is true and we praise Him for being Lord over our life.
The devil cannot be in the presence of our praises. It is the fastest and most sure way of getting him to leave any situation. The Bible says in James 4:8 that praise brings us into the presence of God, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” And when God draws near to us, the devil flees as far away as he can.
Our lives need to be a testimony of God’s love and power and not a reflection of our own weakness and sinful attitude. People are always watching us to see how we will react, and often the loved ones who come against us do it to try to break us or else just because they delight in hurting us. Either way, we cannot allow ourselves to be used by the devil. He’ll always try to get to us, but he’ll only win if we let him.
When we come to our Heavenly Father as innocent children and give Him our praises and put our trust in Him, we will always win!
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” … Psalm 19:14