Throw Off Everything that Hinders

YOU WILL NOT FEAR THE TERROR OF NIGHT, NOR THE ARROW THAT FLIES BY DAY
(Psalm 91:5).

The other day, my heart was struck by an arrow that flew by day.  I am not sure why that arrow was flying—whether it was aimed at my heart with the purpose to harm, or whether it was shot out of self-defense and just happened to land in my heart.  However, I felt it bore deep into the walls of my heart, until it was securely lodged.  A few years ago, I would have left the arrow in my heart and allowed it to create a deep, festering wound of bitter resentment.  But, today I know better.  You see, I have made a decision in my life to throw off everything that hinders, especially sin that so easily entangles. I decided to throw off the negative, destructive beliefs of the father-of-lies, so I would not retaliate with sinful actions and reactions.

THEREFORE, SINCE WE ARE SURROUNDED BY SUCH A GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES, LET US THROW OFF EVERYTHING THAT HINDERS AND THE SIN THAT SO EASILY ENTANGLES, AND LET US RUN WITH PERSEVERANCE THE RACE MARKED OUT FOR US
(Hebrews 12:1).

 Blessed Child, many arrows fly by day.  Some arrows are aimed to harm your heart.  They are shot on purpose.  They are meant for revenge.  Other arrows are shot by accident.  They just happen.  Regardless of why and how an arrow was shot, if it struck your heart, it is your responsibility to have it removed.  If not, it will hinder you from enjoying the Love, Life, and Light that I, Your Redeemer, offer. If a flaming arrow stays lodged in your heart, you will become entangled in the oppressing beliefs of the father-of-lies and the sinful reactions that follow.

IN ADDITION TO ALL THIS, TAKE UP THE SHIELD OF FAITH, WITH WHICH YOU CAN EXTINGUISH ALL THE FLAMING ARROWS OF THE EVIL ONE
(Ephesians 6:16).

How do you take up the shield of faith?  Humbly admit that you have an arrow—a negative, destructive belief from the father-of-lies—stuck in your heart.   Instead of focusing on the PERSON who shot the arrow, focus on your own HEART, and on your SAVIOR.  Do you know what will happen?  The Lord Jesus will pull the flaming arrow out. Not only will He remove the negative, destructive belief of the evil one, but He will also bathe the wound with Heavenly salve.

What do YOU do with the flaming arrows that fly by day?

PRAYER: Thank you, Perfect Father, that You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, so I do not have to walk around with flaming arrows in my heart. Lord Jesus, call me, daily, to submit my heart to You, along with all the arrows that are stuck there. Only You have the Power and Wisdom to remove them from my heart and replace them with Your Love, Life, and Light.

Maintain an Awareness

We now have a moment-by-moment choice: to live our daily lives the way we always have, under the reign of the OLD MAN, or to allow the Lord Jesus to live His NEW MAN Life is us.

The Two Counsels

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