Updated: Oct 31
Quenching Fiery Darts is renewing the mind with God's Word.
Stop sin, stop believing the enemy's lies - those fiery darts, or live a victorious life in Christ. My question to you is, who is defining you? Others that trashed you or God's Word? What will live forever? God's Word. Is there more power in God's Word than giving control to evil words against you? Let's look at what we can do to change our thinking.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Who are the principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this world? It comes from Satan's kingdom of darkness.
Before the fall of Adam and Eve, they had a God-conscious - not knowing evil but after the fall. When Adam and Eve ate on the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they opened themselves to the occult Tree of KnowledgeGood. They opened themselves up to the second heaven so that Satan could now communicate with them. They became self-conscious, which opened their awareness of good and evil.
Where do thoughts come from? The mind-body connection:
Where does thought come from? Are all your thoughts your own? If the mind is the battlefield, then thoughts come from three (3) sources. God, the enemy, and yourself! The kingdom of darkness knows your past and what negative words were spoken to you and reminds you of your past mistakes. Satan is an accuser, so he has a voice. Those fiery darts are mentioned in Ephesians 6:16. Negative comments can break your heart.
Satan throws a fiery dart known as negative thoughts to trigger you to replay the past or tempt you into sin because of a need at the time. Possibly, you are suffering from loneliness and doing online porn! When a person does not feel good about themselves, the serotonin goes down, and online porn, addiction, increases the dopamine where it feels good at the time, then the enemy hits you with guilt.
In addition to all of these, "hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 16 In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one." This makes our shield of faith very important!
It is essential to put on the whole armor of God. Part of putting on the full armor of God is speaking the Word of God over yourself and believing it in faith.
Renewing the Mind by Quenching the Fiery Darts Bible Verse
Fiery Darts are flaming arrows of the enemy because Satan knows your weaknesses, your history, and your triggers. What is a Fiery dart? Fiery darts are from the Greek word belos. It referred to an arrow with its tip wrapped with fabric soaked in flammable fluids so it would burn with hot and angry flames.
You must understand how the enemy has trained you in your mind to have fear, anxiety, rejection, envy, jealousy, and excessive worry because of past events. That fiery dart can be a temptation or a lie about you. Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy John 10:10 by stealing your identity or bringing you into bondage with him. You can break free.
We must be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind Scripture Below:
Romans 12:2 "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
To be transformed by the renewing of the mind, we must use the Word of God. He hopes you will become one with the thought that does not align with the Word of God. Also, he is trying to get you to sin through temptation. He knows if you agree or become one with it, it is the opposite of God's Word. He knows if he can get you to agree with the lie (guilt, rejection, etc.), you will not be able to fulfill God's high calling and purpose for your life.
That is a stronghold of thinking. Why! Because you are agreeing with the enemy over God's Word! You are calling God a liar! The more you replay the thought, the stronger the stronghold becomes.
Example: Let's say someone in your past told you, "You are too stupid" or "You will never amount to anything."
Whenever you try to step out in your calling, you hear a voice saying, "You can't do that because you are stupid." You immediately flash back in your mind that negative memory and who said it to you. You immediately feel hurt, worthless, and angry, which can develop into "bitterness or self-bitterness In Your Heart."
Satan Continues to Attack the Mind - The importance of Renewing the Mind
You end up pulling back and not stepping out. The enemy has you and caused you to be disobedient to God. You are agreeing with the kingdom of darkness. You are believing the lie that is the opposite of God's truth.
Satan's most frequent and consistent attack is directed against our minds. He sends his hosts out with an arsenal of weapons: lies, threats and intimidation, questions, accusations, lust, and other enticements. The attack often starts very early in life. Ephesians 6:16 "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."
We need to take the shield of faith to quench the fiery darts
If a child is abused at home, lies from the enemy appear in the thoughts, saying the child deserves it or is not worth anything to anyone. Accusations surface in the thoughts that it is the child's fault anyway. As many children are developing, questions from the enemy often appear in their thoughts regarding their sexual identity. Over and over, these thoughts emerge, causing confusion, shame, and fear.
Once a child receives any lie as truth, more lies will reinforce the central lie. After a while, the child will focus on their shortcomings and perceive the rejection of others.
Sometimes, people are directed by the enemy into their lives to prey on them to add more reinforcement to the lies. If parents do not reflect the character of God to their children, the children will project all their shortcomings onto God. For instance, if one or more parents are cold, lacking in emotion, rigid, and constantly preoccupied with other things, the child will see God as lacking compassion, unloving, and not there for them. The enemy will encourage these perceptions. Many bring a lot of lousy baggage into adulthood from their childhood - called strongholds. Some grow up in homes where there has been considerable control, manipulation, and emotional or physical abuse.
Women are often "led" to find a man of similar qualities to continue the destructive negative reinforcements in their lives through familiar spirits. We cannot underestimate the enemy's influence in these situations. In many cases, the enemy already has claims over parents and even grandparents. Now, the enemy focuses on the children because he knows that the consequences of family sins can make the children vulnerable to similar attacks.
Often, there are strongholds of low self-esteem and self-hatred, rejection, fear, bitterness of others or God, anger, etc. It is tough for them, as believers, to live by faith. The enemy continues to pummel them with lies and accusations, causing much doubt and hopelessness. We see many adults full of anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness. Some time in their life, often in childhood, they have been hurt deeply by someone, possibly a broken heart. The enemy will constantly give them "flashback memories" of that situation in the past. The memories are so painful that they continuously stir up anger, bitterness, and resentment so vigorously that it is challenging for that person to forgive, even though they know the need to.
Quenching the Fiery Darts: Temptations
Satan's purpose is to drive you to sin. Then, from sin to habitual sin controlling you. Satan tempted Eve, and it is not sin yet when you are tempted, but Eve's temptation took her to sin when she ate the apple and then presented it to Adam. It takes seven (7) steps to take you from temptation to sin. Again, temptation is not sin, but what you do with the temptation when you go into action with sin is sin. Do you entertain it or cast it down?
Once he has gotten you to sin, then comes the accusation from Satan. He knows you can run to God for forgiveness, but if he can accuse you and keep you separated from God through accusation, shame, and guilt, he has you. You see if he can accuse you, then you will accuse yourself and not go to the Father of forgiveness. Remember Adam and Eve? They ran from God and hid behind the tree with shame, guilt, and fear. Emotions (spiritual beings attacking their mind with lies) that they have never felt before.
The Battlefield of the Mind - Renewing the Mind
Satan reminds us of our past sins and failures. We meditate on our past if we listen to his accusations against us. Satan wants to drive a wedge between you and the Lord. We must apply the Lord's truth that our sin in the past is forgiven and under the blood. The enemy wants to control you in the flesh and keep you from the truth of God's love and forgiveness. Also, it gets you to give up and give into habitual sinful actions, which are strongholds because it is a way of thinking the opposite of God or actions opposite of God. We could continue indefinitely with these scenarios, but I hope you have gotten the point concerning the enemy's activity toward your thoughts. What is a person to do when their mind has been under assault for such a long time? My answer to that is not simple, nor is it easy. But you have to start somewhere.
In Hebrews 5:13-14 it says, "13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."
Part of overcoming past negative thoughts about yourself is recognizing where the thoughts are coming from by discerning your thoughts.
Five Keys to Conquer Fiery Darts Known as Lies Against Our Identity
1. It is essential to correct the wrong perceptions of God. Any study that presents a balanced analysis of the character of God will be highly beneficial. So, we have to analyze our thoughts to their origin.
2. Cast it down by not agreeing with the lie opposite of God's truth. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says to cast it down falsely perceive" do not receive it. 3. Discovering what God has to say about you is equally important. Reframe your thoughts with truth - speak it out loud over yourself. You need to know your true identity according to the Word of God. The enemy has been distorting and lying about you so that you falsely perceive yourself. We have a simple study on this site in which you can discover what the Word of God says about you. The first two steps, "Knowing God" and "The Believer's Identity in Christ," begin that process. You must fill your mind with TRUTH to counteract your believing lies. The Word renews our mind to have the Mind of Christ. You are quenching the fiery darts when you stand on God's word to put out the lie from the kingdom of darkness. 4. You must also confess through repentance that you have been believing the lies of the enemy and ask God to forgive and cleanse you. It may also be to forgive those who did not cover you, nurture you, hurt you, or say cruel things. Part of taking your thoughts captive is to start disciplining yourself concerning the stuff you watch in the movies, TV, and the internet, as well as the things you read in books and magazines. Watch what you put into your mind.
You must clean up what you allow to influence your mind and emotions. The apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." It won't be easy at first, but with God's help and a desire to please Him, you can overcome and claim victory. 5. God has given us direct access to Himself through prayer. He has said we can come boldly into His presence and present our requests to Him. Most people do not take advantage of this great privilege. Many see it only as an obligation rather than a way to experience fellowship with the Lord. Parents want their children to come to them with their concerns. How much more does our God want us to go to Him. Jesus spent much time with his Father when he was on this earth. Without a consistent prayer life and fellowship with the Lord, you will not experience the desired victory. God has given us the Holy Spirit to teach us how to pray. God has given us promises to claim. He has given us tremendous provisions to utilize in our daily lives. In closing, I want to remind you of another statement by the Apostle Paul."Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 May God bless you with the determination to conquer the enemy's deceptions. It is the Lord's will for you to be free.
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