Throughout the history of warfare, one of the tactical practices designed for maximum disruption was the staging of a surprise assault using flaming arrows. These arrows, where lit on fire then they would flail through the air toward their intended targets setting everything ablaze.
If enough of those arrows hit their targets, the whole brigade of soldiers would be busy trying to suppress the blaze before it burned through all their gear and supplies. Distracted by the flames, the men became vulnerable by becoming preoccupied, too distracted to deal with whatever follow-up attack their oncoming enemy was planning next.
Flaming arrows were not primarily meant to kill or destroy; they were meant to distract. The enemy wants to distract you, so he can blindside you. He is not indiscriminately shooting these arrows. He has tailored his strategy. He’s studied your tendencies and habits, your deepest fears, and weaknesses, and has aimed at those areas in particular.
He knows he can’t destroy you. You’re eternally secure in Jesus. But he fully intends to sidetrack your attention by setting any number of internal fires ablaze in your life - like insecurity, intimidation, anxiety, worry, or oppression. He wants you to be unfocused while he sneaks up from behind.
In Ephesians 6: 13-18, Paul talks about the belt, breastplate, and shoes as a spiritual uniform that should be worn by believers at all times. Minute by minute and day by day. But with the shield of faith, he commands for it to be “taken up.”
The first of these pieces of armor is the shield of faith. The moment when we first sense a flaming arrow infiltrating our life in some way, we activate faith as a shield of protection over our lives.
The enemy sends flaming arrows into your life specifically when you are being called to walk in faith. Those arrows are deliberately intended to stop you from doing the only thing that has the power to extinguish them, that is walking in faith! Faith causes fiery arrows to fizzle.
Whatever God is asking you to do, Do it in Faith.
God Bless, Israel