2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

This text tells us that Satan targets his attacks on our minds. We know that because Paul is talking about “arguments”: “the knowledge of God,” and “taking every thought captive.” Our freedom in Christ begins in our mind: we must learn to think differently.  When Satan attacks a Christian’s mind, he starts building strongholds.  This is a place that he can operate from and he wants to set up permanent residence about this issue in your mind. He will get a grip on the your mind until you begin to think there is no way to overcome the problem, no way to save your marriage, no way to become effective for Christ, no way your child will be saved. Whenever you say, “There is no way or it can’t be done,” you are looking at a stronghold in your mind that Satan has set up to prevent you from receiving victory or becoming effective for Christ. Satan can whisper things in your ear that you think are in your mind, but he cannot make you continue to think about it or make you do it. You are responsible for what you do with the thought after he places it in your mind.  If you continue to think the thought that is contrary to God, even if it is a good thought, he can set up a stronghold in your mind to keep you in bondage. Our weapons against such attacks are: prayer, reading the Bible, obedience to God, meditation on His Word, fasting and service. These weapons can prevent strongholds, but we must pull down the ones Satan already has set up in your mind. This can be done by recognizing them when they come up and by loosing Satan’s hold through prayer. Matthew 16:19 says, “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” We are to pull down these strongholds and stop thoughts planted by Satan or our own rebellious thoughts by recognizing them.  Pray for wisdom from God to do so and rebuke the thought. Focus on what God can do in your situation and think on Him and His power to take care of your problem. Ask God for wisdom to know what you are thinking is good and building your relationship with Him.

Have a God Day!