If you try to defeat the devil where he has a lot of practice, he will defeat you almost 100% of the time. He is great at over exaggerating thoughts and feelings. The devil knows if he can sow the wrong thought in our minds or over exaggerate our feelings, it has the potential to…
- separate us from the people who love us.
- think thoughts that are not true.
- intimidate us from stepping in to God’s authority and calling.
- keep us from using our gifts to help people.
- create division.
- abandon love and reconciliation.
- cause us to give in to fear and not live in faith.
- overwhelm us with worry and steal our peace.
God has assured us that He has given us the ability to defeat the thoughts and weapons of the devil. However, we must do it God’s way and with His weapons. Jesus illustrated to us how He defeated the devil when He was faced with three temptations. The devil tempted Jesus with pride, self-centeredness and rebellion against His Father. He used thoughts and feelings as the driving force. Jesus addressed each temptation with a specific Scripture.
In order to defeat the devil, we cannot not fight him with just our thoughts or feelings. That is his arena and he is very good at it. Take him to the arena that he despises and where he is defeated. God’s Word and faith is the two greatest weapons we have against the devil. Paul said in Ephesians 6:16 that our faith has the ability to STOP all fiery arrows from evil darkness. In Ephesians 6:17 He said the Word of God is the sword that we use in battle.
When you are being bombarded with thoughts of defeat, discouragement, fears and doubts don’t stay in the arena of your feelings or even try to wrestle with your thoughts. Immediately take your mind to God’s Word. His Word is not only full of His promises over you; it has the power to resist the devil (James 4:7). Your faith in God and His Word is what gives you the ability to stand your ground. This is the arena where the devil is defeated. This is the arena where you are always victorious.
David Shannon Wooten