Daily Encouragement – 6/26

June 26

            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

            I had gone but a few steps when flaming arrows and fiery darts—lies of the evil one—began coming at me fast and furious; I held the book out in front of me. I opened it and began to read. As I read softly, the words penetrated into my mind, then settled like a warm blanket around my heart. The words were those of Psalm 91, verses one and two: He who dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

            The arrows and darts became harmless sticks and bits of dried wood, then fell to the ground around me as I moved on. I saw angels gathering them and tossing them away; as the sticks tumbled through the air, they vanished as if swallowed by the sky. I realized that was all they were—vaporous thoughts which could not exist when God was the foremost thought in my mind and when my faith was firmly in Him.

            I hugged the Bible to my chest as tears of joy streamed down my cheeks. The angels that had gathered the sticks—the lies—and caused them to vanish, began to sing. It was a song I’d never heard, and it said simply, repetitively, yet beautifully, “Lo, I am with you always.”

            My shield is in place.

1 Comment »

  1. Sherry said

    He is our shield, and in His arms we can always rest, safe from anything the world throws at us.

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