Saturday, March 18, 2017

Uncovering the Strategies of the Enemy

2 Corinthians 10:4-7 (AMP)

For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), Being in readiness to punish every [insubordinate for his] disobedience, when your own submission and obedience [as a church] are fully secured and complete.

You have the God given right as a child of God to cause whomever or whatever is devising evil against Christ to desist from its purpose and submit to Christ.
Whenever a thought comes to your mind that is contrary to the Word of God it is rebelling against God and His kingdom. We must then as kingdom citizens enforce the law of God by bringing that thought under the obedience of God’s rule. The bible teaches us to cast down; meaning to throw down with the use of force, every opposing thought or imagination. We have a right to demand that this offender and violator of God’s Word submit itself to Christ. When the enemy sends an opposing thought to your mind he is in essence opposing Christ because we are a part of Christ’s body and we have the mind of Christ. When someone opposes Christ’s body, they are opposing Christ. The same is true in the natural if someone threw a baseball at your head; you would consider it an attack on your whole person not just the head.
It is Satan’s nature to try and exalt himself above God’s creation.

Isaiah 14:12-18
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? 

In the life of the believer Satan attempts to do this in the mind. The devil many times tries to use a device called; blindness, to dominate his prey.

Blind defined:
• To blunt (to make dull) the mental discernment: to darken the mind.
• Obstruction: anything that blocks the free passage of light, sight, or air.

The devil will unrelentingly try to block light from getting to your mind. He will try to dull your discernment through neglect, idleness and worldly distractions. When we meditate and fixate our minds on thoughts sent from the kingdom of darkness we allow rebellion to dominate and be exalted. Wherever Christ is named, the enemy will try to exalt himself because he is driven by an evil compulsion to be worshipped like God and exalt his wicked throne above the things of God.
Thoughts are seeds, seeds are produced by reproduction. Every seed produces after its own kind. A good tree cannot produce corrupt fruit and a corrupt tree cannot produce good fruit. Satan’s words or we can say his seeds, can never produce good fruit, he is the source of all evil and corruption. Satan is the author of all adultery, pride, hatred, lying, stealing and the like. Never think for one minute that when he sends a thought to your mind that its harvest will ever bring about good.

If you were in a natural physical war your enemy would study you to see how to defeat you. If your enemy knew that there were areas where he could possibly besiege and get an advantage and precipitate surrender then he would study those areas to devise the best strategy to defeat you. When we neglect to renew our mind and fortify our soul we become vulnerable to the harsh, many times sudden, assaults of the enemy. We must not only possess a strong spirit but a strong fortified soul. We must never be caught unarmed. We must always be prepared with the full armor of God. We must always be ready to revenge all disobedient and inferior thoughts and imaginations, bringing them under the authority of Christ. We must forcefully reject and eject all opposing forces that would try to exalt or dominate in the place of Christ. Jesus is our King; we will have no other God besides Him.
Stay alert, you are in a war. God has already equipped you with everything you need to win in every battle!

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