“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
The Bible may not talk about ghouls and goblins, but it does talk about the spiritual forces of evil and the powers of this dark world. Many of us have read this verse many times and not realized that this verse is saying that Satan is very much at work and not just in October. He is using us to create conflict with each other. Did you argue with anyone last week? Did anyone hurt your feelings? Remember, our true enemy is not each other. We fight not against flesh and blood. It is all of us against Satan – he’s the real enemy.
Satan loves it when we do his work for him by dumping on each other. Sometimes when we are hurt, we lash out. Romans 12:17-18 says “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone”. According to the Christian best-selling book “Unglued”, we need to tackle the issue and not the person.
Remember feelings are indicators, not dictators. We do not have to be ruled by the dark forces that encourage us to become unglued. We are NOT slaves to our emotions. We can rule over them, but we must ask God for strength to do so. We need to redirect our focus to Jesus. We need to take off our unauthentic costumes of perfection, and reveal our true self to the God who forgives. God gives us the perfect costume idea in Proverbs 3:3-4 “Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation” (NLT version).
1.) At work and school, you may be the only Christian these people see. Christians are scattered in work forces and school hallways across the earth for “Kingdom business”. How are you doing at your assigned location?
2.) Do you come unglued easily? Do you stuff your emotions and say “Im fine”, or do you explode? Both of these “reactions” are not fruit of the spirits. Read what these fruits are. Galations 5:22-23
3.) Pray for an authentic heart.