The Battle for the Mind

For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood{ contending only with physical opponents}, but against the despotisms, against the powers, against { the master spirits who are} the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly{supernatural} sphere. Ephesians 6:12

A careful study of Ephesians 6 informs us that we are in a war and that our warfare is not with other human beings but with the wicked one. Our enemy, satan, attempts to defeat us with the lies and deceit, through well-laid plans and deliberate deception.

Jesus called the devil” the father of lies and of all that is false” (John 8:44). He lies to you and me. He tells us things about ourselves, about other people, and about circumstances that are just not true. He usually does not, however, tell us the entire lie all at one time.

He begins by bombarding our mind with a cleverly devised pattern of little nagging thoughts, suspicion, doubts, fears, wonderings, reasonings, and theories. He moves slowly and cautiously. Remember, he has a strategy for his warfare.

Satan has studied us for a long time and knows what we like and what we don’t like. He knows our insecurities, weaknesses, and fears. He knows what bothers us most and is willing to invest any amount of time it takes to defeat us. But we can outlast the enemy through the power of the Holy Spirit and through learning the truth of God’s Word!

You are more than a conqueror through Christ who loves you!

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