Just exactly how do we use the Word of God to battle Satan? How do we know where a thought has come from? Is it from God, or ourselves, or did the thought get planted in our minds by Satan? We ask God for wisdom to give us understanding and to recognize where our thoughts come from. Then we use the Word to teach us and we bury it in our minds and then we speak it out loud and rebuke Satan as he tries to pull us away from God. First we have to understand the origin of thoughts in our mind and the Word shows us this through Peter.

Matthew 17:2-4
2 As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance changed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became dazzling white. 3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus. 4 Peter blurted out, “Lord, this is wonderful! If you want me to, I’ll make three shrines, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 But even as he said it, a bright cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him. Listen to him.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Peter, James and John have just seen Jesus transfigured right before their eyes and Peter just blurts out the first thing that comes to his head. But even as he was speaking, God spoke and they all ignored Peter’s statement. This clearly shows the thought he spoke was from himself. Thoughts from ourselves can be either good or bad. We have to sort out what will be useful to bring us closer to being like Christ and what will not.

Matthew 16:21-23
21 From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that he had to go to Jerusalem, and he told them what would happen to him there. He would suffer at the hands of the leaders and the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, and he would be raised on the third day. 22 But Peter took him aside and corrected him. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The thought that Peter spoke was clearly from Satan. Jesus recognized it and spoke directly to Satan and did not rebuke Peter. Satan was using Peter to try and stop Jesus from going to the cross, because he knew this would destroy his power. So Satan used Peter, a willing subject, and Peter spoke it. Any thought that pulls you away from God and leads you into sin is not from God, but from Satan. He will stop at nothing until he has completely destroyed your relationship with God or at the very least made you ineffective for Him.

Matthew 16:15-17
15 Then he asked them, “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus shows us that Peter did not get this from any other source, but God the Father. Any thought from God will not go against His Word and will build us and lead us into a closer walk with Him. We need to pray for wisdom to know where our thoughts come from and then to quickly deal with the ones that will tear us down and lead us away from our Father. The Word tells us to “take every thought captive.” (2 Cor 10:5) do this through the power of God within you.

Have a God Day!