MIND GAMES: WHEN SATAN TAKES THE BATTLE TO YOUR MIND

Posted: October 6, 2014 in HOT TOPICS
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Ephesians 6:12, “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.”

Throughout the life of the believer, they will constantly face the one area where the enemy (Satan) will try to play havoc with the Christian – the mind. The mind is one of the most fought places where most, if not all, of our battles play out. Have you ever wondered why, for no particular reason, a thought would cross your mind? Be it a thought or idea which runs contrary to your nature as a person who is in Christ? Thoughts of anger, or even thoughts of violence, even sexual thoughts cross the mind and then we are left wondering “Why did I just think that?” It because what you’ve just experienced is not necessarily you, but it’s a spiritual matter where Satan attempts (thru the use of a thought or idea) to manipulate the believer to maybe give into that particular thought, whatever it might be, to undermine their walk with Christ. This is what Paul was referring to when he states in Ephesians 6:12 that it’s not flesh and blood we wage war against, but the spiritual realm where the enemy is trying or attempting to defeat us – in our mind.

Who are those principalities, powers, rulers or darkness and such? They all stem from Satan’s kingdom, but since Satan is not omnipresent (can be everywhere at once), he works through a network or an army of demon spirits. This is why it might seem that a person seems to have a trigger every now and then when they come into contact with something of either their past, what once use to bind them spiritually, or something that greatly hindered them. Either way, when the believer comes into contact with something, be it visual, or otherwise (hearing or touch) it can bring about feelings of the past, maybe even feelings of guilt. These are all indicators of demonic forces attempting to once again place the believer back under the chains of past bondage.

There are two aspects of spiritual warfare that each of us go through when Satan comes against us in our thoughts and they are offensive and defensive methods. The apostle Paul said in this matter two things we need to keep in mind, and they are ““For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16) and “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

Satan comes against us with accusations and words of condemnation (fiery darts), these attacks mount up against the believer in such a way that at times it almost wears a person down. Some of those attacks might generate dark feelings of despair, loneliness, anxiety, fear, sometimes, in certain people, thoughts of suicide. But whatever it may be, they are nonetheless serious attacks of the mind to the believer. This is why Paul said in Ephesians 6:16 ““Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

That’s why when the enemy does come against us, we must take captive every thought when they come, and they come in three unique ways, temptation, accusation and deception. Satan will tempt a man or woman with thoughts of something he finds a weakness in, be it lust, pride, ego, desire, whatever it might be, Satan knows your weakness, and he, if not contended with, will play on those thoughts, wearing that person down, which, if not taken control of, many succumb to those temptations. Accusations of past failures is yet another means the enemy attempts to accuse the believer before the Lord, hence why he is called the “accuser of the brethren”. Our past, no matter how bad it might have been, has forever been rendered forgiven because of the cross, we are no longer guilty under God’s law, for every believer is new in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). The last means is deception. This is one area where many find themselves, even those who are called by God, yet have allowed the enemy, through the means of false doctrine, to believe a particular teaching or idea, combined with the demonic attack which then takes place in the mind, many fall into those areas of being and even deceiving others (2 Timothy 3:13).

Paul gives us all a clear warning found in Ephesians 4:27 “and give no opportunity to the devil.” The fact is, if we keep our faith in Christ and what he did on the cross, this limits the enemies access to our life and mind. The enemy’s main goal is to sidetrack us with thoughts which plague us with thoughts of guilt, temptation, accusation, deception and failure. Yet there is hope, and it’s found in these words, ““…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  (Eph. 6:17)  The word is a powerful weapon and when those thoughts, those feelings come, there is but one offensive course for us to take – use the word of God. The word of God defeats the enemy, for it reminds him of 2 things, 1. He is defeated and has no authority over us or our life, and 2. We are forgiven – he’s not. We are new in Christ – he is defeated, cursed forever, damned to the lake of fire for all eternity. So while we might not fend off every thought or suggestion that comes against us, we can however go straight to the word and state with such confidence, “It is written!”.

When Satan says “You are a failure”, you remind him you are forgiven. When Satan puts an illicit thought in your mind, shake yourself and take captive that thought and say “I rebuke that in Jesus name”. When some demonic influence places in your mind a thought which says “Kill yourself” or “You’ll never find happiness again” or “You’ll never see that child saved” or even “You’ll never be healed.” Rebuke those thoughts and use the word, that our happiness is found in God’s perfect will, that we can believe for every promise God has given us to be fulfilled, and that healing is a promise because of the cross. Yes, the mind is the battleground of many in these days in which we live, but it can be handled correctly if we understand the spiritual aspects of why we face these things in our mind, whose causing it and how to react to it – through the word of God.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

Comments
  1. Sharron says:

    Amen!

  2. pk says:

    u hv really helped me, thnx

  3. Moriah says:

    This has helped me so much, God bless you in your fight also!

    • Tiffany says:

      Hello, Alabaster’s Box with Tiffany Hayes show..aired on YouTube talks about the Christian mind, interviews and just great content if interested tune in. Be Blessed Everyone!!

  4. Tiffany says:

    This was very Good, thank you for posting!

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