“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13 NIV
I was totally caught off guard today. I went to a meeting and arrived late. When I arrived, the mood of the other people in the meeting was that of “I know she didn’t just walk into this meeting late.” I perceived the mood because I was walking in the flesh of agitation, so I probably just made it up. As the meeting progressed I kept noticing one participant repetitively negating my comments to the moderator of the meeting behind my back. Boy was I steamed. I was so agitated that I took a moment- dead sentence -to face this individual, pause, and regroup. (It got ugly for a minute.) At the end of the meeting I was approached by another participant that began to accuse me of presenting something to the team that was inappropriate, of which he presented to the team the other day. At that point, I became extremely irritated and decided to go to my car without choosing to mingle afterwards.
Later that evening, while reflecting over my day and spending time with the Lord he spoke to me through the spirit saying, “You didn’t suit up today, you weren’t ready to handle the darts.” And He was right! I was so agitated by the events of the evening that I didn’t even realize what I was dealing with.
I forgot that it was not the people per se that were causing my agitation, but the devil was trying to deter me from my focus. I was not walking in the spirit of God. If I were, I would have known that those individuals were being used as a distraction for me to react in a way that would not mimic that of Christ. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12 KJV)
The lesson learned was this: The people in the meeting were not out to get me. I had my guard down. I was not prepared to withstand the tricks of the devil. I allowed my perceptions, that were tainted by the enemy, to control my actions. I’m reminded; that we wrestle NOT against flesh and blood. So it’s pointless for us to get upset with people that agitate us. It’s only the devil trying to throw a wrench in your plans and in your happiness.
I am convinced that nothing can separate me from Your love. Lord, guide my actions and my words. It is so easy to act out of flesh, but if I want to be the Woman of Virtue that You have called me to be, I have to walk in the spirit. So Lord help me to suit up daily so that I can be prepared for the attacks of the enemy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to start each day and recharge throughout your day with the armor of Christ (Ephesians 6: 14-18 NIV). Start each day with prayer and worship so that your mind is focused and positioned on God and his direction for your life. Stay on ready! When irritants and agitators come your way, immediately recognize that these are mere distractions deterring you from completing what God has for your life. Stay ready!
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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6. She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter where they attend St. Luke Christian Church.