This is the verse that Holy Spirit reminded me of when I got in
the car after work to go home yesterday. As I was unlocking my
car, I saw the notice on the side window stating that if I parked
at that lot one more time, my car would be towed. So much for a
free parking…. This was just another fiery dart that was
assembled against me yesterday that I tried to fight off but
couldn`t find strength. This is why Holy Spirit was so faithful
to remind me of these words: "15 Indeed they
shall surely assemble, but not because of Me."
The part that He didn`t mention was the second part of the verse:
"Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your
When I read it today, I was once again convicted
by the Holy Spirit how I tend to be faithless while He remains
To give you an idea, the parking at my work place is very
expensive, and I don`t have that kind of extra money each month
while scrambling to pay all my bills right now, so to lose the
opportunity to park for free, meant that I would have to think
of a way to rearrange my budget in order to pay this extra
expense. In addition to that, I was stuck in a horrible traffic
on a way to work yesterday that was caused by the death of the
pedestrian, which I found out later. To top the rest of my day,
I had to be notified of the upcoming layoffs that are going to
take place within the next couple of weeks. This took me down,
and I collapsed fast. This is when the words of the Lord that
He whispered to my ear were so crucial: "Indeed they
shall surely assemble, but not because of
Me." It wasn`t my God who was putting me through these
obstacles, but it was Satan trying to get to me the best way he
To testify of God`s faithfulness for these situations that
took place yesterday, I can say that God was faithful to provide
for me a way out. First of all, despite the horrible traffic, I
still managed to get to work on time, and that was a true miracle
considering that I sat in traffic for two and a half hours. My
God provided for me to park in my building for free for the next
two weeks maybe even for a full month if the deductions for
parking would not be set up on time, which is something that the
representative hinted to me would happen. Not only that, but my
parking fees were arranged to be pre-taxed meaning that none of
the payments would decrease my actual take home pay. This is the
part when God showed me that: "Whoever assembles against
you shall fall for your sake."
It`s important to note that the Bible nowhere says that we
would not have obstacles or tribulations because we would so
long as we live in this fallen world that`s operated by Satan.
He would be restless until he manages to get to at least one of
God`s children. However, it`s important to note what God
promised in so many different scriptures that although we would
have all these tribulations and will have enemies assemble
against us, He would deliver us out of the hands of our
Remember what Paul said to Ephesians 6:12-13
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and
blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the
rulers of the darkness of this
against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly
places. 13 Therefore take up the whole
armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil
day, and having done all, to stand.
We must remember that we do not wrestle against the flesh
and blood but against the principalities and the rulers of the
darkness. In other words, our battle is spiritual, and this is
why I was reminded yet again by the Holy Spirit to keep up my
shield of faith to withstand these fiery darts
that are being shot at me on a regular basis.
It`s important that we realize that we will face battles, but
we have to be properly dressed in the armor of God to conquer
these battles. In Psalm 91 David wrote:
91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall
abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge
and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the
fowler[a]And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under
His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be
your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6Nor of the pestilence that walks
in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays
waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand
at your right hand; But it shall not come near
8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the
reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my
refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague
come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To
keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The
young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 "Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I
will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I
will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and
16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him
This is truly one of my favorite Psalms because God so
explicitly tells us that He will deliver us and protect us
although all these fiery darts would be shot at us when the
enemy would attempt to destroy. As a matter of fact, this is
the Psalm that Satan tried to misquote when tempting Jesus in
the wilderness during His 40 day fasting (Matthew
This scripture provides us with the necessary information of
God`s promise to protect us and to provide for us, so when
Satan would come to tell me the opposite, I remind him of these
It`s important to keep the shield of faith when going through
some of the worst dark moments in your life. Faith is what
would keep us on the right course to maintain our trust in the
Lord despite of the circumstances telling us the opposite. I
was bombarded from all different directions yesterday, and I
have to admit that I collapsed because I am just exhausted from
this spiritual battle. My plea with the Lord is really to give
me a break, so I could gulp some "fresh" air and plunge right
back into the battle. God was faithful to strengthen me through
the today`s devotional.
As I opened today`s devotional by Oswald
Chambers, he said the following fact:
Sometimes God puts us through the experience and discipline
of darkness to teach us to hear and obey Him. Song birds are
taught to sing in the dark, and God puts us into "the shadow of
His hand" until we learn to hear Him (Isaiah
49:2). "Whatever I tell you in the dark. . ."- pay
attention when God puts you into darkness, and keep your mouth
closed while you are there. Are you in the dark right now in
your circumstances, or in your life with God? If so, then
remain quiet. If you open your mouth in the dark, you will
speak while in the wrong mood- darkness is the time to listen.
Don't talk to other people about it; don't read books to find
out the reason for the darkness; just listen and obey. If you
talk to other people, you cannot hear what God is saying. When
you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very
precious message for someone else once you are back in the
This really made my heart stop. I am in the darkness, so God
could speak to me and teach me to listen to His voice. Woe to
me if I try to speak when I am in the mood that I`ve been
yesterday because I caught myself murmuring against the Lord
instead of trusting Him.
The refinement process takes time, and God knows what would
make us grow spiritually. I started to humble myself before the
Lord yesterday and confessed that I choose to trust Him despite
the facts that I face. Today, when I saw the answer from the Lord
that counteracted the fiery darts of the wicked one, I praised
Him with my whole heart. God proved Himself once again faithful
when I was faithless.
If you feel like you are in the dark today, I encourage you to
listen to what the Lord would tell you. Don`t counsel with
people, but come to the Lord; people would only lead you
astray. The purpose of the darkness is to make us dependable
upon the Lord; our hope is solely in Him. This is indeed the
time to be still and quiet while God tries to direct you.
Learning obedience and discipline is a lengthy process.
Refinement is a lengthy process, but when you`ll see that
precious message that God would entrust you to share with the
others and touch one`s heart, you`ll be overwhelmed with joy and
gratefulness. You`ll see that all the fiery darts assembled
against you would be turned into praise and glory for the Lord.
All the frustration of the past pain would be forgotten when
you`ll see the fruits of your endurance brining light in
someone`s life. For me, this is the time to be quiet and pray, so
God could speak to me and direct me as He`s been doing all this