For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
As believers, we face enemies daily. Much of the battle that we face comes from spiritual beings that constantly solicit us to give in to ungodly thoughts in order to drive a wedge between us and God. These battles that we face daily all start in our mind. We encounter circumstances of all kinds that act like triggers in order to get us to react in a non-biblical manner.
In our present world, we are constantly bombarded by the allurement of the world that come from commercials, billboards, and words from people who only have a worldly mindset. In order to defend against these attacks, we need to have the Word of God to properly interpret these situations before they are allowed to take up residence in our minds. That is why we are told in Ephesians to be properly clothed and protected by God's provision of spiritual armor if we are going to live victorious lives. Once the truth of God's Word becomes our interpreter for every thought and action, we will experience the truth that Jesus promised.
Pastor Lyle Phillips