The spiritual battle believers are fighting is the battlefield of the mind. We can prepare to combat Satan’s lies by comparing them to God’s truth as revealed in the Bible.
Prior to Jesus’s statement about the abundant life in John 10:10, he says that Satan is a “thief who comes only to steal kill and destroy.” Jesus is pointing out that Satan will do everything he can to keep you as a believer from experiencing the life of shalom. How? By temping you to believe his lies.
Sing is a great deceiver, and deception is his primary weapon. He’s tempted Eve in the Garden with lies (Genesis 3:1-4); He unsuccessfully tempted Jesus in the wilderness with lies (Matthew 4:1-11).; and today Satan is attempting to deceive the whole world with lies (Revelation 12:9). The battle for Shalom is spiritual warfare – It is four and one on the battlefield of the mind, in your thoughts.
If you read Genesis 3:1-4, Matthew 4:1-11, Revelation 12:9, You will read the highlights and the lies of Satan.
Apostle Paul rights that every believer is engage in a spiritual battle:
“ put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the rulers against the authorities against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places (Ephesians 6:11-12).
If you read Ephesians 6:10-20, you see the preparation and prayers for the battle.
The Ongoing Struggle
It is important to remember that Jesus has conquered the devil and his army of fallen angels (Colossians 2:15), but it is also true that Satan is still active in the world.
Peter writes: ‘Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring Lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5-8). Satan attempt to devour believers through deception and views with shame and fear.
You sound upset and character by saying: “He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
Therefore, the spiritual church battle believers are fighting is on the battlefield of the mind, combating Satan’s lies with God’s truth.
I’m not a sexy way to fight against these lies if you compare them to God‘s truth is revealed in the Bible. Paul refers to this tactic is taking your thoughts captive to Christ:
The weapons our warfare or not of the flesh but how divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge the of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Comparing Satan’s lies to God truth in the Bible will prevent them from taking root and becoming a stronghold in your mind.
God, give me your power and strength as I prepare my mind and spirit for the battle against the deception of Satan for the battle against the deception of Satan. Thank you that Jesus has conquered the evil one and that your Holy Spirit is with me.