If you don’t recognize your enemy for what he is and if you are not aware of his “tricks and devices,” he is going to gain a foothold that will make it easier for him to push his way into your life.
It has helped me so much to understand that Satan’s target is the mind. It’s important to remember that; it is key to understanding and winning the war! Read what Paul says in
2 Corinthians 10:3-5:
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
Satan will attack your mind with imaginations or thoughts that are contrary to—or a perversion of—what God says in His Word. He traffics in suppositions and lies—and hates truth because truth sets us free. Remember that his is a kingdom of darkness. He hates light. John 8:44 tells us that Satan is a liar, a murderer from the beginning, someone who does not abide—dwell—in truth. He is the father of lies.
The enemy understands so well the principle laid down in the Word—that as a man thinks, “so he is” (Proverbs 23:7). Satan knows that if he can penetrate your mind, he’ll take your body. Your behavior will follow what your mind conceives. Therefore, either you must learn to take your thoughts captive, or he will take you captive with your thoughts! Thus the importance of the “helmet of salvation”—your head protected by what is yours because you are God’s.
Think about it, Beloved. What will it be? Why don’t you spend a few minutes in prayer and meditation. Ask the Lord to show you how your thoughts affect you. Write down your insights.
This blog post is excerpted from the out-of-print 30-day devotional “How to Stand Firm Against the Five Deadly D’s” by Kay Arthur.
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