First, you need to know that I believe in Satan and demons (and angels, for that matter). I realize not everyone does; for many, the entire concept of “angels and demons” is simply spiritual mythology, a fantasy world for unsophisticated people. But at least two people whom I deeply respect – Jesus and the Apostle Paul – clearly identified and acknowledged entities of evil.
It is important to put that out there before I go on to say this: Satan puts thoughts in your mind.
Settle down. I am not saying that you are demon-possessed (although, if you have not placed faith in Jesus, the possibility exists). I am not really even speaking to the reality of demonic oppression or influence in the lives of true Christians. I simply want you to be aware of this universal, applies-to-everybody, happens-everyday truth: Satan puts thoughts in your mind.
Okay, I hear you protesting that nobody puts thought in your mind, that you are the master of your own thinking and nobody is capable of doing a mind-control thing on you. Really? Then I would strongly suggest you not watch TV today; or take a class at school; or read a book; or look at Facebook; or go to church; or even talk with another person – because all of these, and more, are sources of thoughts we have in our mind that are put there by someone else. Believe me, as a pastor, after I share a message I live to hear people say, “I never thought of that before.”
And wait for it – Satan uses all of those to get the distortions and deceptions he wants you exposed to into your mind where the goal is to get you to embrace them as true and live by them.
Here’s the good news! Satan may put thoughts in your mind but you have absolute control over what happens to them. Here’s how I know that:
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up again the knowledge of God [the means used to put the lies in our brain], and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
Do you want to be a warrior that wields the weaponry effectively? Then you might need to:
· Acknowledge there is an enemy who is putting thoughts in your mind (and consider avoiding situations and exposures where he gets the advantage)
· Be intentional about evaluating every thought, comparing and conforming it to truth of Jesus Christ
We are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us so. Satan only wins when we let him. Be encouraged!