So, here’s the thing. If you’re a Christian filled with the Spirit, then you are a target of the enemy. He hates all humans, but the ones marked by God are his special targets. You have to be armed and prepared for the assault on your life. How do you do that? You live in God’s Spirit, under the shadow of His wings.
When we live in the Spirit and are filled with His gifts, we have a natural defense against the enemy. Every good gift of God is a weapon of warfare—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control—these are all deadly against the demonic realms.
Practice kindness and you thwart enemy attack. Show mercy and grace, and you mow over jealousies and hate. Live in peace and you push back the boundaries of evil as you spread the kingdom. Every good work that you do establishes God’s presence and tears down the works of darkness.
Sometimes we have to be aggressive in our stance, but more often than not, showing love can be totally disarming and far more effective. It may look warm and fuzzy from the outside, but the power of the kindness within you is more powerful than anything the enemy can throw at you.
Another post on living in the Spirit: Do You Have Anointing?