Saturday, March 24, 2012

Fiery darts of the adversary and our defense

23 And they said unto me: What meaneth the rod of iron which our father saw, that led to the tree?

24 And I said unto them that it was the word of God; and whoso would hearken unto the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish; neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness, to lead them away to destruction. (1 Nephi 15:23-24)

Lately, one question I found that I had was this: just what are the fiery darts of the adversary? Obviously “fiery darts” is being used as an image for an idea, so what is the fiery dart representing?

Fiery darts are poison darts. They spread infection and corruption. Fiery darts are insults and slurs cast against our faith, targeting our identity, our self-esteem. They are often intended to make us feel bad about our previous decisions to choose the right. They are accusations against good works that put the worst possible construction on our motives and acts. The fiery darts are aimed at our eyes to try to blind us, or to make us see good as evil.

Or they may not even be directed at us; they can be directed at church leaders and against God and we’ll still feel like we got hit. Fiery darts can be used at long-range to keep us out of the battle. Compare this to our offensive weapon—the sword of the Spirit—which is used at close range in hand-to-hand combat. (

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (Ephesians 6:16)

The shield of faith quenches the fiery darts, causing them to lose effect. And as Nephi described, the rod of iron (the word of God) keeps us from being blinded by the fiery darts of the adversary.

In what way do we hold up a shield of faith in our lives? What do we have faith in?

We have faith most of all in our Savior Jesus Christ. How does that become a shield to us from the adversary?

For me, when I realize that I have done something wrong, my faith in Christ shows me I can repent and escape that sin. I don’t have to live with my sins forever. It shows me that I can rely on Christ to help me become better than I am.

We have faith in living prophets. How does that shield us from the adversary’s fiery darts?

We have faith in the scriptures. How does that shield us?

What other faith that we have shields us?


Becky Rose said...

i love that the sword of the spirit is a defensive weapon. I was weeding the other evening and thinking much about sin and righteousness. Sin=weeds, Righteousness= beautiful flowers!
Then I was told at 8:20, it's getting dark,you better quit, before you start pulling flowers!

Rozy Lass said...

So well said. It is amazing to see the prophecies of the last days fulfilled before my very eyes. I have faith that following the prophets and apostles will bring me peace and safety in a world that is rapidly disintegrating. The scriptures contain the promise that in the end righteousness will be rewarded and evil will be punished. I have faith to endure to the end because of that promise. I have faith in the power of the priesthood to protect me and my family. Our oldest son grew up wanting to shoot guns and kill the bad guys. As we read the scriptures I would point out examples of the power of the priesthood as being more powerful than manmade weapons. I have faith in my temple covenants to protect me and my family.

Anonymous said...

The shield of faith well faith is the shield trusting that God thru jesus christ will do what he said he would do and the holy spirit displains into obediance to its principal

Anonymous said...

What determine wheather you are rightious or not
Your deeds right examine yourself in the spirit