A couple days ago, I read something that filled my mind with anxious, fearful thoughts. I know I am not the only one who comes up against this because two days later a friend told me she had the same experience.

As I pondered what I read, I turned to the Lord in prayer. In this age of immediate information relay, I find it exceptionally difficult to know what is reliable and what is not. As I prayed about it, I sensed the Holy Spirit showing me the enemy wanted me to be disrupted. He doesn’t care what I believe as long as I am anxious and unnerved. That pissed me off.

I remembered that the enemy tells me anything to spoil my peace of mind. I remembered that he wants to steal, kill and destroy my life. I remembered that he is already defeated; he is a headless chicken flapping wildly until his final judgment. I remembered Paul’s words to the believers in Ephesus.

10A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12For 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.

Ephesians 6:10-12

It is important what I say. My words have power. It is important I think. My thoughts have power. It is important who influences my life. One wants to give me abundant life; one wants to ruin me.

Today, in all you do, remember who the real enemy is. It isn’t the person sitting across from you or the one who votes differently, or worships differently, or thinks differently. It is the powers and principalities you cannot see!

Let’s stop hating and blaming one another and put the hatred where it belongs.

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