Paul said in Ephesians 6:10-18
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Understanding that the spiritual battleground for Christians is in the mind, is critical. If you don’t know where it is you can’t fight the battle. And you certainly can’t counter any attacks on you.
The devil uses YOUR mind against YOU! He will redirect you. He will distract you in your own mind. Well now…That’s not very pleasing to hear now is it?! Don’t let him get away with it. When does sin begin? It’s not just in the thought but in the thought process. The manifesting of thought into actions and eventually into your reality. I want you all to know where the battlefield is, so that you can arm yourselves better when it’s time to fight. It takes a lot of determination to weed through your own thoughts. It takes focus. However, if I asked you if you want to give the devil a foothold in your life every day wouldn’t you say no? Ok then, lets get to work on this! Learn to think like God thinks for your life.
When you cancel out the negative thoughts, the strongholds, imaginations, and theories – and begin to think about what you’re thinking, you are fighting the devil with the sword of the spirit. Your mind is your battlefield. James 1:8 says: he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. Renew your mind. if you put garbage in …. You will get garbage out. Rom 12:2: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I have learned that the one thing the devil hates is Jesus’ name. When you keep that name within close reach of your tongue – he scurries away. He also hates the truth. He knows his place, but some people don’t take the authority to put him there. Arm yourself with the word of God! Tim 3:16: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. Keep a few verses close to your heart, the ones that mean the most to you. Use them against your attacker. Spiritual warfare is the worst kind, yet it is so much overlooked. A favorite verse of mine is: “greater is he that is in ME than he that is in the world” and let me tell you.. Ole slewfoot hates that one. It’s ok though. My business is God’s business. My message from God to you is to make sure you are aware of this truth. What you do with the knowledge is your choice.
A quick thing I want to add here….If God has placed a calling on your life, and you know the truth about it – keep it close to you. Even if it doesn’t make sense to you. It makes sense to God. Isa 55:8: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. The devil is a great deceiver and he will try to talk you out of Gods will and plan for your life. Do not listen to his lies. Learn God’s voice over the latter. God doesn’t condemn, he teaches. God doesn’t lie, he deals only in truths. Remember these little principles and keep the devil from entering the battlefield. Atleast now you know, that if he does get to the battlefield – you can fight the good fight and win.