For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
I have worked in a call center/customer service environment for nearly 6 years. For the first time in those 6 years I had a horrible caller yesterday morning. This individual called me 'the B word' several times, told me I was stupid and had no sense and was pretty much a complete jerk. I was appalled at how this person acted and was pretty upset as you can imagine. NO ONE talks to me like that, period! The call rattled me a bit, but not for long. I have a little plaque on my desk that holds tiny cards with scriptures on them, and the one that was showing said "Be still, and know that I am God!". I had to 'fight' to keep from replaying what the customer said to me over and over, but I did. I made a choice to move on and let it roll down my back.
In the past I would have told everyone about it, and stewed all day, it would have stolen a few hours of my life and some of my joy. But not this time...
We are in a battle, the battle of our lives, in fact. I knew (head knowledge) that the devil doesn't like me, and is a 'bad guy' that will try to trip me up as I walk along life's path, but I never truly understood the magnitude of his hatred.
The truth is Satan despises me!! He will do whatever he can to keep me in bondage and prevent me from experiencing joy and living life to it's fullest.
As I was having my quiet time with God this morning He showed me how that awful customer that I talked to yesterday was a physical manifestation of Satan and how he truly detests me. Satin thinks I am worthless, stupid, unworthy of respect etc etc... it really put things into perspective for me.
I'm not saying the customer was the devil, God just used the experience to show me the real truth about my accuser.
Satan is not this cute little red man with horns and pitch fork, he's a real enemy with a real army of demons who detest me and my brethren. I will NOT allow myself to beaten down by this jack wagon any longer!! He has stolen way too much of my life and it's time for me to STAND FIRM and fight!!!
And take... the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.