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Conquering Your Thought Life

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The devil can’t do many of the things we give him credit for, but what he can and does do is lie to you. He is the perpetrator and father of all lies. John 8:44 When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” The devil perpetrates and propagates his lies and it is those lies of the devil that have the power to destroy your marriage, that have the power to destroy your home or finances or to damage your emotions. It is the lies of the devil that you believe that have the power to do all these things in your life and to damage and destroy anything in your life. It is not that he has the power to destroy you. His power has been defeated and vanquished by the Lord Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Hebrews 2:14-15 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” But his lies have the power, through attacks in your mind and thinking and what you believe to destroy every area of your life. It is no different than the spiritual power of a witch-doctor, a shaman, a warlock or whatever name one may be called.

Their power over others comes from the fact that others believe that this witch has power over them. They accept and believe in his power and so he has power over them through fear. That is what the verse we just quoted talks about, men being put into bondage by the devil through fear. That is one of the weapons he uses against people. If the devil can get you to fear something, then he has gain an area of authority over you. If you believe his lie, then he has power or authority over some area of your life because you have given it, surrendered it to him as Adam did all his authority on the earth.

Satan was stripped of the authority that he got from Adam in this earth. God never gave it to the devil, but Adam did when he willfully rebelled and sinned against God. When Jesus took that power from Him, He took the keys of death, hell and the grave from Satan. In Revelation 1:18 Jesus said, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” The keys speak of authority over something and Jesus got authority over death and that is why it says that “he led captivity captive” (Ephesians 4:8) and after his resurrection moved paradise and all the righteous dead from there in the bowels of the earth to heaven and the presence of the Father and now “to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Satan is still called the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4) because most all the leaders in the world do his bidding and are deceived and used by him. But we have to understand that just as God’s kingdom is established in this earth through those who serve Him, so is Satan’s power and ability done by the work of man that he is influencing and working through. Satan works in the world through men. The demons can only work through men, when they can control and use them, or possess them, and thereby they are able to express themselves and work in this physical realm. There is both demon oppression and demon possession. One if from the outside and the other from the inside of man.

God and Satan work in the earth through men who choose whom they will serve and therefore carry out the will and desire of their master on the earth. Yet, behind all that, God is ultimately in control because Jesus is Lord of hosts, angelic and demonic and has all power in heaven and earth and so still the devil and his servants can only do that which God allows and directs because the final authority and power resides with the Lord Jesus Christ. In Matthew 28:18 Jesus said; “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”.

Ephesians 1:20-22 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.” In our lives, either God or satan has authority, according to whom we choose to yield ourselves to, to obey. Romans 6:16 says; “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” That is why we were first told in Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

When Adam and Eve did the bidding of the devil and bowed to him, then Satan became their lord, for they gave him the power and authority that God had given to them by submitting to him and obeying him. When Satan became their lord, he now had authority over all in the earth that Adam once had authority over because God had given it to him. To put it simply, the authority that God gave Adam, Adam gave to the devil who then became the god of this world.

But when Jesus came to the earth and died for man, he took back that power and authority that was given to Satan by Adam. Jesus came as the second Adam to do what the first one failed to do and gain back what was lost by Adam. Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Verse 17-19 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

Jesus told us He now has all authority for it has all been given to Him, all power in heaven and earth and under the earth. (Matthew 28:18) And then Jesus gave authority to His disciples. Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.” That was given to them while Jesus walked on the earth, before the cross.

Now we are seated with Christ in heavenly places and we rule and reign with Him as He shares with us the authority the He received and walks in. Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” Where is that? Far above all principalities and powers and all that is of this natural physical realm, which we just saw in Ephesians 1:20-22. Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Now we are joint heirs with Christ and can walk in His victory because of Calvary. Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” Most don’t want to pay the price to be glorified with Christ, but He has offered that to His children.

The sooner that we know and believe the reality of how Jesus is and what Jesus has done for us and that we are not under the power of the devil, but we re under the authority of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and He has given us power to thread upon serpents and scorpions the better off we will be. Luke 10:19Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Then we will walk in victory and No weapon formed against us will prosper according to Isaiah54:17No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” and Psalm 91:10-11There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” No evil can come near our dwelling or plaque near our tent. That is the place and authority we have in Christ, not that we have.

So Satan doesn’t have real power over us, over the Children of God, who are in the kingdom of God and not the kingdom of Satan as those in the world who know not go. He has translated us from the kingdom of darkness into that of His dear Son, the kingdom of light. But Satan has a method of operating in this world.

The gospel of the kingdom of God is the power of God to those who believe and we need to learn how to walk in that power and faith. We need to know how the devil operates in our lives because he does not have legal authority over us and this will enable us to know that we can have power over him.

When the devil was talking to God about Job, the devil asked God to curse Job, to let him at Job and then Job would curse God. God then said, he is in your power, but you can’t take his life. Now, things are different than they were then. Job had a hedge of protection about his life because God had put it there and Satan couldn’t touch him without God’s permission. But Job wasn’t born again of the Spirit of God and wasn’t filled with the spirit and didn’t have his sins washed in the blood of the lamb. We have a position and authority that Job didn’t have because we have a better covenant than that which was provided by animal sacrifices. We have the covenant of the blood of Jesus, which has made the way for us to come directly to the throne of God and approach Him for ourselves.

But we need to know how the devil operates so we know how to deal with him and exercise our authority over him. Ephesians 6:10-11Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” What are the wiles of the devil. Remember the cartoons of the roadrunner and the coyote. The coyote had a name Wile E. Coyote. He was always coming up with wiles or schemes to try and take the roadrunner captive. He had a scheme, strategy or plot to catch the roadrunner to eat him. It is a good picture of what the devil is doing to try and trick and get us in his grasp. In real life a coyote will chase a roadrunner.

The Greek word wiles means schemes or methods, from the Greek methodas (meth-od-i-ah) meaning the devil has a method. A root word odos, hod-os’ is where we get the name road or highway. Satan’s schemes make a roadway into your life. His schemes are how he makes or builds a road into your life and the way he does it is through his wiles, his schemes

The Devil has a scheme or method to gain access into your life. The way that he gains access into your life is through your thought life. Your thought life is the access road that Satan uses to get into your marriage, your health and into every area of your life. Here we see that Jesus came “TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL.” (1 John 3:8) His POWER over you was destroyed 2000 years ago and he doesn’t have near the power that many Christians believe he does, yet he has far more than others think that don’t consider him at all and some don’t even believe he is real or that he can bother them. But for the most part, those who do believe in a real live devil give him far more power and credit than he deserves. He does not have the power to destroy your marriage, your health and your life, in whatever area you want to consider.

Satan doesn’t have authority over you but what he does is create thoughts and lies and when those thoughts get into your head and you accept them, they pave a road for Satan to get access into your life. That is why it is so important that we deal with our thought life. It is not because we are so unholy because we have a bad thought. No, we are by nature unholy and fallen. It is because thought are the road that Satan uses to get access into our life. So some people think that we have to have and keep such pure and holy thoughts only because God knows our thoughts and he will be displeased with us and punish us because we have a bad thought. No, it is not that, but that if we give place to bad thoughts, we give place to the devil and give him a roadway into our lives. God is not judging you based upon your thoughts but your motives and actions. But your thought life is what Satan will use as a roadway to get access into your life, every area of your life, your thinking and emotions and then your decisions and actions. That is why it is so important to get control of your thought life. It is important because your thoughts are the road by which Satan gets access and we need to close off the road that Satan has been using to get into our lives and cause us havoc and we do that by taking control of our thought life.

We close off the roads that he uses through circumstances to get into our life and we can stop those roads leading into our lives so that our thought life creates a way for God to have access to our lives instead of Satan. Many times Satan doesn’t have to get to us directly but he will use others by which to indirectly get to your thought life by things they say to you or do.

The Greek word for devil in Ephesians 6:11 is diablos (dee-ab’-ol-os) which comes from “dia” and “bolos”. Spanish people understand that. “Bolos” means to throw at or to hurl accusation at. It is where we get the word ball from. It is to throw bad words and negative thoughts at. “Dia” means to put a hole through or penetrate. So if you put those two words together, to penetrate and to throw at, then we see that Satan’s nature is to throw accusations at you over and over until he penetrates your mind. Then it is there when he gets access into our minds that he releases his explosive power. He works through our thought life. Satan has no other method to defeat believers. He can’t send a demon to get into you or a principality to lord over you. That is not his method or way. His method or scheme or roadway to get into our lives is through our thought life.
That is why Ephesians 4:26-27 says; “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” “Be ye angry” is one Greek word meaning to be provoked, or become angry. “And sin not” is from one Greek word meaning “to miss the mark” and therefore not share in the prize as Paul spoke of in 1 Corinthians 9:24. When you harbor anger and let it fester in your spirit and continue to think and meditate thoughts that are from anger against another person it opens the door to the enemy and can become a “root of bitterness” according to Hebrews 12:15 which then defiles you and your spirit or brings desire for revenge or hurting that person or any number of other sins. It begins with anger and it is possible to get angry because of the sins or wrongs of others, but we cannot allow it to fester in our spirit and lead us to sin. When you give in to anger, you give a place, a roadway for the devil in your life, your heart and emotions and cause you to sin. Ephesians 6:11, 16 tells us, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil… Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” The darts are thoughts by which he is able to get at you and cause you trouble.

The good news is that we can recognize his one point of entry into our lives and seal it off and not let him get access to us by controlling our thought life. When we get control of his point of entry, he has no point of access road into our lives. It is not like our country, America that has many points of access or roadways into our country, whether by land or even sea. But Satan has no other method or roadway into the life of a believer other than his thoughts. Whether or not the devil can enter into our lives depends upon us. Because we know his method of entry we have the ability to stop it and stop his access and entry point so that he has none. We can take it away from him when we understand this and act upon it.

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” As you are transformed by the renewing of your mind, as you renew your mind by the Word of God and wash your thought life to agree with the Word, then you are eliminating Satan’s access into you live. He has no authority over you or direct access into your life and so he gets in piggy pack style on your thoughts and he can defeat you in doing so if you let him in.

So we need to go to 2 Corinthians 10:3-5For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations (images in the mind), and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” The Christian life is a war between your ears. God doesn’t’ tell us to take demons captive, but take our thoughts captive. That doesn’t mean you don’t cast out devils, but you cast devils out of demon possessed people, not believers born of the spirit of God because the Holy Spirit and the unholy demonic spirit cannot be in the same vessel at the same time. The house of your life belongs to one or the other. These two opposites cannot both live in the same house at the same time. You cannot serve two masters, so either you obey one or the other. Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Notice that it is your choice. Those who have become demon possessed did so because of choices they made, making an entry way for the demons into their lives by disobedience to God’s Word. If you play with the occult, a Ouija board, you are opening a door for demons to work in your life and certain things you can do, open the door for them to enter into your life. That is a curse upon man but it is a curse that doesn’t come without a cause. No one has a demon where God’s spiritual laws have not been violated. As an example, demons are passed by those in witchcraft through illicit or ritual sex. No, all illicit sex doesn’t bring demons into a persons life. But it can lead to it. You can’t be demon possessed if you are born of the Spirit. You may have demon problems because of a system of thinking that needs to be taken captive so that your bad behavioral patterns will change. You cannot change your life by changing your behavior. You change your life by changing how you think. Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:

If your thinking lines up with God’s thinking, then Satan is blocked off and cannot penetrate your life. He will come as diabolos (dee-ab’-ol-0s) and throw accusations and try to get into your life, by you are the one in control of his getting or being denied access to  your life. IF you allow his thoughts into your mind then he can get power in your life. But if satan can’t penetrate your life because you are putting on the whole armor of God and walking in the spirit, having on the helmet of salvation to protect your thoughts and the shield of faith to quench his fiery darts, then he will be defeated and you will walk in victory. If he can’t penetrate because you have on the breastplate of righteousness and are using your sword of the spirit, the Word of God against Him, defeating Him according to Revelation 12:11 by the blood of the lamb and the Word of your testimony, then there will be no activity of Satan or his system of doing things in your life.

How many times is it that you see another believer or even you  find yourself acting in a way that you then think, now why are they or why am I acting this way? Why are they acting weird and strange. Why did I do this stupid thing? It is because of the system of thinking that is built into your life and that is why our minds must be transformed and renewed so that we think God’s way, God’s thoughts and not after the way the world has tried to indoctrinate us to think because all that is from the world is from the devil. The world’s ideology, philosophy, worldview and all that is of the world is contrary to the ways, thinking and will of God for His children.

I believe in deliverance, but for the most part, each person has to change their way of thinking because it is our wrong thinking that causes wrong decisions that brings bad results, sin and all that comes into our lives because of sin. The key is to change our way of thinking and then we will act and make decisions according to God’s ways, His Word and the leading of His spirit rather than by the influence and dictates of the world around us which is contrary to God. Simply put, whom will you believe? What will you allow into your though life and to control your decisions? Whom will you obey, Jesus or Satan? We need not be overtaken or defeat by fear, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or anything else the devil throws our way. It is ultimately up to us and what we do with what is thrown at us by the enemy. We can overcome and the key is our thought life and what we think and meditate upon.

We need to remember what God told Joshua. Joshua 1:8This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” The things that have dominated our lives in the past and kept us from the freedom and liberty that is in Christ, has to do with our thought life. IT is that simple. The answer is between your ears in your daily thoughts and meditations, by what you allow in your mind. There is what will determine your actions and your destiny. The battle is in your mind, the victory is in your will and choosing to change your thought life. Bringing God’s Spirit into your thought life, to take control of your life so that you walk in the spirit and you will no longer give yourself to bad thoughts and bad decisions.
Every victory or defeat begins with your thought life. The battle is in our mind not outside us with someone else or some demon. The battle is for your mind because that is Satan’s only way into our emotions and life. IF he can control our thought life he can control everything in our life and our decisions. Taking our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ is the way to changing our lifestyle and our direction and future. IF you are having trouble changing your behavior or the way you respond to someone or something and how you behave towards others, it all has to do with your thought life. It controls the outcome of your life. If you get control of your thoughts, you get control of your actions and destiny. This message has been an introduction for the next message on 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” That is the way to victory and we will study this more fully in the second part, “Taking Every Thought Captive.”

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