12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.
13 Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious].
14 So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart),
15 and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news].
16 Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
~Ephesians 6:12-17 Amplified version
Have you ever just gone about your day and all of a sudden gotten upset at someone? Have you ever just wondered why you were so upset? What could they have possibly done to make me so angry? Are they even worth that much to drive me to that point? The answer to that question is no. No one is worth getting so upset over that they cause you to loose your joy, peace, and happiness. Yet each and every day many of us allow others to do just that. Lets dig a little deeper.
Stop seeing the man and see the spirit in the man. That is who you are fighting against. That spirit can manifest itself in anyone; even in the person you like or love the most. A soldier puts on the armor to fight. An athlete puts on the proper attire to compete. When you’re preparing for work, you put on the proper attire for your job. So why is it that we don’t fully equip ourselves to fight spirits that we may encounter throughout the day, and trust me when I say you will encounter them.
The enemy loves to see you fight with your spouse. The enemy loves to see you argue with your neighbor. He enjoys seeing you flip the finger at some random driver that cuts you off at the intersection. Every time you do that he’s rejoicing. Why? It’s because you’re doing exactly what the enemy wants you to do instead of what God created us to do and that’s love one another. When you resist the temptation to fight back, you have won. When you love instead of hate, you have become the victor.
The enemy loves chaos and calamity. He thrives off witnessing God’s people make complete fools of themselves. His job is to get you to that point. He’s mad at God and takes it out on you. He wants to destroy God by destroying you. You have to be ready at all times to withstand the trickery of the enemy. God is not the author of confusion. That is the enemy’s job. Don’t allow anyone to have more control over you than God. No one is worth the energy to cause you to come out of character. Your fight is not with man so let the Lord fight your battles.