|Ephesians 6:13-17 |
13 Therefore take to you the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to resist and stand in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your waist girded [wrapped] with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
16 Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.1
17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God [the word of faith in your heart and mouth].
1 Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Fiery darts from the wicked one are not really on fire; they produce a sharp, burning pain, but no burn results. These can be felt on any part(s) of the body, often the private parts. Low intensity darts can simply produce an itching; high intensity darts can be very painful. Medium intensity darts have hit my wife and me for years, sometimes when thinking something wrong, but usually just to aggravate us.
The itchings and/or painful darts are frequently applied to existing sores on your body. Rub where it itches; don't scratch, (even if no sore), because scratching will eventually make the itching worse and develop more painful sores. Rubbing temporarily stops the itch just as good as scratching. You can try it, but medications on itchy spots from demons do not work. Intense itchings can take place anywhere on your body, even the palm of your hand or the sole of your foot. Regarding darts and/or itchings, from the Word of the Lord within: "Grin and bear it; don't complain."
High intensity, painful darts are often part (or all) of a fiery trial of your faith that you must endure. The pain is indeed pain, which pain is used to rid your body of sin. The pain of a wound cleanses away evil, so do stripes purge the inward parts [including the heart] of man. Pro 20:30. God chastens and scourges every son he accepts, Heb 12:6; Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial, which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 1 Pet 4:12; he who has suffered in the flesh is finished with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God, 1 Pet 4:1-2.
From the Word of the Lord within:
Not only is pain used to rid sin from a man on earth, pain is also used to rid a person of sin in Hell.
"there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." Mat 13:42,50.
"there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Mat 22:13,24:51,25:30
"And those who have loathed my law, while they yet had liberty, and when as yet the opportunity of repentance was open to them, understood not, but despised it; the same must learn it after death by pain." 4 Esdras 9:11-12
In the end, He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds. Psa 147:3