THE MAJOR POINT OF ATTACK
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
If a man’s heart and mind are filled continually with evil thoughts, lusts of the flesh, carnal desires, and wicked imaginations, he will be evil. If his heart and mind are continually filled with fear, negative thoughts, and his own abilities he will be cowardly, weak, and defeated. On the other hand, if a man’s heart and mind are filled with good thoughts — God’s Word, faith, and the power of the Holy Spirit — he will be strong and victorious.
Since the heart is the center of man’s existence, the innermost being where all the issues of life flow forth, it is vitally important that we make every possible effort to continually protect it from the enemy. We are warned: “Keep your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23, TAB). THE MAJOR POINT OF ATTACK
The war against Satan must be fought and won in your heart and mind. The battlefield where Satan is waging war against the Church today is in our hearts and minds, at the very center of our beings, where our entire moral and mental abilities are located. He is attacking us at our most vulnerable point where our thoughts originate, where we receive God’s Word and have faith to believe His promises, where our wills, emotions, desires, and our mental abilities are located. THE MAJOR POINT OF ATTACK
Because the heart and mind are so closely related, we must also look at what God’s Word says concerning our minds to have a clear understanding of this battlefield. The Greek word used to refer to the mind is nous, which is used to describe the mental functions of perception, understanding, knowing, feeling, judging, and determining. The mind is comprised of the will, emotions, thoughts, and imagination. THE MAJOR POINT OF ATTACK
Our minds are Satan’s major point of attack! And it is here where the war must be fought and won. It is in your mind where Satan is unleashing his all-out war. The war we are fighting is not against flesh and blood. It is not a battle fought with our mental abilities, through the power of positive thinking, head knowledge, psychological techniques, or our limited natural abilities. It is a spiritual battle in our minds which must be fought and won by the power of the Holy Spirit working within us!
All of the strategies Satan has developed and is using against us today are directed toward our minds. Satan doesn’t want Christians to have a free, clean, healthy, renewed, victorious mind. His strategy is to attack and corrupt your mind, to hinder you from being transformed into Christ’s image, and prevent you from living your life in victory. His strategy is to bombard your mind with “fiery darts” of unbelief, fear, worry, confusion, temptation depression, oppression, and deception. THE MAJOR POINT OF ATTACK
Make this declaration:
Satan, I reject unbelief, fear, worry, confusion, temptation, depression, oppression, and deception. I will have a free, clean, healthy, renewed, victorious mind.