“Don’t Let Satan Attack Your Mind”
As Christian believers there will always be times in our life when we come under attack from Satan, especially if you are seeking and growing in God’s Word. One of the greatest areas where Satan will attack us, is in a battle with our minds. He knows that our thoughts are the beginnings of everything we do. His job is to get us thinking negative, critical and judgmental thoughts so that we miss out on what the Lord has for us. He also wants to get your thoughts on the negative side, so you will be ineffective for the Kingdom of God. Has Satan ever got you thinking negative thoughts about something you may have read or seen and you make a smart or wise comment about it? If so, guess what? Satan just accomplished what he set out to do and you missed out on something the Lord had for you. Just something to think about. It happens every day. No matter what kind of thoughts Satan is trying to confuse you with, there are ways to get rid of them so you can win the battle that he is trying to cause in your mind. First of all when he attacks, you need to take control of your thoughts with words from the Lord. You can speak the word of God to get rid of the feelings and thoughts that Satan is putting on you. He could be putting negative thoughts in your mind about……………….your marriage, your children, your health or about your income. If you are not careful and walking in God’s Word daily and watching what you speak, Satan can make those negative thoughts come to life.
People do not realize it, but Satan can demand to have you, if you are not walking in God’s Word. God has no other choice to let him, if you are not walking in His Word because He gives us a choice to choose between Him or the evil ways of the world. The evil ways of the world can even be some of the smallest things you would not even think about or consider to be evil. If you do not choose God, then you are fair game for Satan.
Another thing we can do is to remove or replace the thoughts that Satan tries to put in our minds. As soon as the Holy Spirit begins to convict us that what we are thinking is wrong or will lead us to having a wrong behavior, then we need to, right then and not later, choose to stop thinking those thoughts. For it says in 2nd Corinthians 10:5 that we are to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. So when Satan puts these thoughts in your mind, you need to stop and pray right where you are and ask God to give you strength to refocus your thinking on something good. Once you throw out the wrong thoughts in your mind, you need to replace them with right thoughts. Paul said in Philippians 4:8-9 that we are to fill and fix our minds on, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you”. Start thinking the right thoughts and you can beat Satan in the battle with your mind. One of the ways to help you think right thoughts is to purposely think of ways you can be a blessing to the people around you. Galatians 6:10 says, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. In other words, this is saying that we are to fill our minds of ways to bring joy, help and hope to other people. We all can do this by starting with prayer. Each day when you wake up in the mornings, you should go to the Lord in prayer before you do anything else. Not after you have taken a shower, not after you have had your first cup of coffee or burnt up your first smoke (if you are a smoker) of the day. Go to God in prayer before you do anything, even before you get out of bed in the morning. First thank Him for giving you another day and for other things that He has blessed you with. Praise Him for who He is and what He has done for you. Then you can ask Him how can you be a blessing today and how you can glorify Him. Ask Him who He would like for you to pray for and to show you some things that you can do for other people. Then after you have prayed, take a few minutes and try to think of ways that you can Bless someone. Seek your spirit and see what God tells you. Let Him use you to lift up or bless someone that may be having a battle in their mind with Satan. The next thing you can do to win the battle that is going on in your mind is to talk back to Satan. First you need to learn how to stand your ground and reject the lies that he tries to feed you. The Bible says in the middle part of John 8:44 that the devil was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. The only thing that will destroy Satan’s lies is the truth of God’s Word. It says in the Book of Hebrews that God’s Word is living and active and that it is sharper than any double-edged sword that penetrates through the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing is stronger than God’s Word. Knowing His Word is great, but to truly begin waling in victory you have to speak the word out of your mouth. When you choose to open your mouth and speak God’s Word, His power in you is released into the unseen atmosphere of the spirit, to destroy the enemies attack. In Luke 4 you find a good example of how powerful God’s Word is when spoken. You will see Satan tried to attack Jesus at the end of his forty day fast and that each time Satan spoke his lies, Jesus opened his mouth and spoke the truth. Jesus said to Satan that “it is written” and then he quoted scripture that broke Satan’s attack. Jesus gave all of us this same power. To see it released, you have to open your mouth and speak the Word. God’s Word is very powerful and it can shatter every lie the enemy brings, but just thinking or knowing it does not defeat the devil. Some people just wish his attacks would stop and others just complain about them. All this does is open the door for him to come in and cause more battles with your mind. The only way you are going to win, is to open your mouth and speak the word of God.
So when Satan comes against you and puts all those thoughts in your mind, do not sit and listen to him. Tell him, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and tell him that it says in 2nd Corinthians 5:21 and 12:9 that yes you have weakness, but in your weakness God’s strength is made perfect”. If Satan tries to put thoughts in your mind that you do not have a future and that you will never overcome your past, tell him that God has a great future already planned for you. God said in Jeremiah 29:11 that He has plans to prosper you and plans to give you hope and a future. Also tell Satan you can overcome your past, because it says in Philippians 4:13 that you can do everything through Him who gives you strength. And if Satan tries to tell you that your kids are not going to make it and that your marriage is going to end up in divorce, then tell him that he is nothing but a liar. Tell him by God’s grace your kids are going to make it and that your marriage will last, because you have committed your marriage and kids to God and it says in 2nd Timothy 1:12 that God is able to guard what you have committed or entrusted to Him. Luke 1:37 says “for nothing is impossible with God’.
When Satan brings the thoughts, do not give up. That is the only way he can win.
Don’t Let Satan Attack Your Mind!!