Have you ever been having a great day and out of the blue, someone comes along and does or says something that attempts to rob you of the greatness in that day? Well, it happens. You can get up praising God for a new day, feeling all energetic and just letting goodness consume you. Then it seems like evil spirits get together and plot how they are going to take over an individual so the same individual can get to you. We are always quick to blame a person but it is those evil spirits that are at work inside of the individual that are at blame. That is why every morning, rather it is 2 a.m. or 6 a.m., we need to be up putting on the whole armor of God. Not some of it but all of it. These evil spirits causes people to approach you in a manner that is so inappropriate….in a manner that makes you want to snap, crackle and pop them……in a manner that it takes God and ALL of His angels to hold you back. But thank God, for the bridling of the tongue and the restraint of bad actions. Thank God for His love that holds back the rage of the flesh. Thank God for His peace. When we are dressed in the armor of God, it no longer becomes such a difficult task to not retaliate against others. It no longer becomes a difficult task to refrain from using harsh words. It becomes easier to walk and speak with peace and love. It becomes easier to turn the other cheek. I can remember the days when those evil spirits LIVED inside of me but thank God for His saving grace. I may not be all that I need to be right now but I thank the Lord that I am nowhere near the person I used to be. We simply have to remember who we are (respectful women and men) and who we belong to (God).
Ephesians 6:10-12 ESV “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Stacy L. Montgomery