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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Mind Games

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. ~2 Corinthians 4:4

 

One of the ploys in warfare is for each side to play mind games with the other. These mind games seek to confuse, disrupt, and mislead the opponent. The side that is most successful in messing with the minds of their opponent will have the upper hand. Satan, as the god of this world, seeks to blind the minds of all who do not believe. It can be said that he continues to play these mind games with every believer after they get saved. Drawing from Genesis 3:1-6, would you consider how Satan plays the mind game with us?


There is the strategy.

Satan came to Eve in a manner where she was not aware of his agenda. He started the mind game with Eve by causing her to question God’s Word. He said, “Yea, hath God said...?” In other words, did God really say this? Is this in God’s Word? Once she engaged in dialogue with Satan, he proceeded to place doubts in her mind. He said, “Ye shall not surely die.” Satan blinds the minds of men through deceit and doubt. He deceives us into thinking that we don’t have the right facts, that God is wrong, and that God really did not mean what He said. Once Satan sees signs that we show any interest in what he says, he then causes us to doubt the Lord and the spiritual authority of our life. Satan deceives, creates doubt, and then, he further deceives. He told Eve that her eyes would be opened and that she and Adam would become as gods. He promised her something that was not true. Satan’s strategy is greatly deceptive.


There is the snare.

Once Satan knows that we have bought into his deceit, we have fallen for his trap. We believe his lies. We start doubting God’s precious Word and think that God was holding out on us. We start thinking about what we will get out of his temptation. We have fallen into his snare. His snares are open pits in which the fall is long and hard. His snare trapped Eve and led her to eat of the forbidden fruit and to share it with her husband. When Satan ensnares us, his goal is that we take others with us. Snares are deadly traps. Snares never result in any good. Eve bought the lies and fell big time.


There is the safeguard.

First, test whatever you read, hear, or are told to the Word of God. If it does not stand to the test of God’s Word, it is a lie! Second, our thoughts need to be brought captive to the obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ every day in everything. Paul said that we need to bring every thought captive to the obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ. Either our thoughts are brought captive, or our thoughts will make us captives! Second, determine to know your Bible doctrine and the Word of God. Don’t leave yourself open to his attack! We must think on the things of the Lord. We must guard our thoughts and not allow them to go into any direction that will lead to sin and rebellion. Let the light of God’s Word light up your path instead of the blinding light of Satan misleading you to the wrong direction.


Don’t be a victim of a mind game. Gird up the loins of your mind, and think soberly. Claim the victory that is in the Lord Jesus!


Have a fortified God Morning!


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